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Since the treaty entered to force (on 3 May 2008) it has been signed by 147 countries and ratified by 95 (in October 2010).

Jamaica was the first country to ratify the Convention, and on 3 April 2008, Ecuador ratified, providing the sufficient number of parties for the Convention to enter into force.

The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a side-agreement to the Convention which allows its parties to recognize the competence of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to consider complaints from individuals. The text is heavily based on the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

The Optional Protocol entered into force with the Convention on 3 May 2008. As of October 2010 it has 90 signatories and 58 parties.

To see the status of ratifications, as well as declarations and reservations, of the Convention, click here  

To see the status of ratifications, as well as declarations and reservations, of Optional Protocol, click here