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UK Government appears to be wavering on disability rights

Posted 07/12-08 at 17.34

Disabled people are concerned over comments made by Jonathan Shaw, Minister of Disabled People, that the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People might not be ratified in full.

At a hearing of evidence on the 18th November the Joint Committee on Human Rights questioned the minister about progress made on implementing the Convention.

Several areas are of concern, such as the commitment to inclusive education and equal opportunities for all disabled children. A number of government departments are discussing possible reservations to articles in the Convention. This would dilute our rights and is unacceptable to disabbled people.

A full but uncorrected transcript of the session (neither witnesses nor Members have had the opportunity to correct the record; the transcript is not yet an approved formal record of these proceedings) is accessible online here

Letter in The Times

On the 3rd December to promote the International Day of Disabled People, a coalition of 31 disabled people's organisations, the UNCCC, published a letter in The Times.

"Sir, The Government has set itself the ambitious target of achieving equal rights and opportunities for disabled people in the UK by 2025. However, its recent announcement that it intends to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with reservations suggests its commitment is wavering.

Disabled people in Britain are still being denied basic rights...."

To read the full letter, follow the link here


Comment added 07/12-08 at 18.28 by: Rosa (London)

Disabled people's rights need to be protected and guaranteed, now more than ever! The worsening financial and economic situation affects disabled people more negatively. We need equal opportunities in education and paid work. For the government to threaten to reserve on rights, such as inclusive education, is out of step with its apparent commitment to an inclusive society.

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