Persons with disabilities often face discrimination and marginalization in their pursuit of access to justice.15 To guarantee their protection, in 2006, the international community codifed the protection of their rights under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and its Optional Protocol.16 The CRPD describes persons with disabilities to include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.17 The CRPD does not dwell on a specifc defnition for disability but rather adopts a more descriptive approach
to identify persons with disabilities. The CRPD has been embraced widely by the disability movement as a universal standard for realization of human rights (
including the right to access to justice) of persons with disabilities.

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