We – individuals and organisations – who endorse and agree to these Principles

Bearing in mind that persons living with disabilities form a considerable part of the world’s population, and predictions suggest that the number of persons living with disabilities will increase in the coming years;

Concerned that despite efforts to improve protection of the rights of persons with disabilities, they still face serious physical, attitudinal, legal, and economic barriers to inclusion and acceptance in society, and face social stigma and exclusion, discrimination, poverty and various forms of violations of their rights;

Guided by strong universal support for a disability-inclusive agenda to ensure the full participation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of society and to contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;

Recognising the importance of the right to freedom of expression and information to the successful implementation of states’ obligations to protect and promote the human rights of persons with disabilities;

Emphasising that access to all means of communications and digital technologies by persons with disabilities and expanding access to these technologies, as well as to assistive technologies, is a key element of global, regional and national strategies to remove the barriers faced by persons with disabilities, to ensure access to essential public services and to enable persons with disabilities to live an independent life;

Cognisant of and affirming a number of international standards on the rights of persons with disabilities, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Right, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled, and regional human rights standards;

Desiring to demand that States fulfil their obligation to respect, protect and facilitate the enjoyment of the rights of persons with disabilities in particular the right to freedom of expression and to ensure accountability for violations; and to encourage private entities and other stakeholders to meet their social and moral responsibility in this regard;

Call on all appropriate bodies at international, regional, national and local levels and private actors to undertake steps to promote widespread acceptance and dissemination of these Principles and give effect and practical implementation to them at all levels.