States have a general obligation to facilitate access to ICTs, including the
Internet, by people with disabilities. This obligation flows both from general
UN treaties and from ICT-specific instruments such as the 2012 International
Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs), resolutions of the World
Telecommunications Standardization Assembly, and ITU Recommendations.
A significant number of states did not sign the ITRs in Dubai in 2012. Almost
all of those states indicated that they required additional time in order to
consider the implications of certain provisions, in particular those that were
approved at the last minute.
Accession to the ITRs will facilitate access to Internet by persons with
disabilities, and accession by non-signatories would appear feasible
because legal analysis of the provisions that required further consideration
indicates that they do not actually have the effects that had raised
concerns during the conference in Dubai.
For greater clarity, we propose a declaration that can be made by states
that accede to the ITRs.