In 2019, the Security Council adopted its first-ever resolution calling upon the Member States and parties to armed conflict to protect persons with disabilities in conflict situations and to ensure they have access to justice, basic services and unimpeded humanitarian assistance.
By the terms of resolution 2475 (2019), the 15-member Council called upon all parties to armed conflict to allow and facilitate safe, timely and unimpeded humanitarian access to all people in need of assistance. It further urged them to prevent violence and abuses against civilians in situations of armed conflict.
Encouraging Member States to ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy equal access to basic services, including education, health care, transportation and information and communications technology (ICT) and systems, the Council further urged States to enable the meaningful participation and representation of persons with disabilities, including their representative organizations, in humanitarian action and conflict prevention, resolution, reconciliation, reconstruction and peacebuilding.
Further by the resolution, the Council urged the Member States to take steps to eliminate discrimination and marginalization on the basis of disability in situations of armed conflict. It also urged States parties to comply with their obligations under the 2006 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
There is an action on the resolution in the "Action Program for Protection of the Rights and Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities Acquiring Disability during Military Service ", which will be implemented in 2021 and 2022. It was approved by the decision of the Government of the Republic of Armenia on March 18. According to the program, the RA Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the RA Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs in 2021-2023 must ensure the effective participation of persons with disabilities in conflict prevention, resolution and peacebuilding and humanitarian action, taking into account Resolution 2475.
“Disability Rights Agenda" NGO translated Resolution 2475 into Armenian on its initiative. It was sent to the public administration bodies to use the Armenian version in further works.