Evidence for UN on Disabled Rights

Disabled people have been urged to provide evidence for the United Nations on the government’s record on rights.

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Disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) have launched a fresh bid to hold the government to account over its implementation of the UN disability convention, four years after their previous efforts helped lead to ministers being accused of causing a “human catastrophe”.

A partnership of DPOs from across England are leading work to collect evidence from disabled people and their organisations on how the UK government has met its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (PDF).

The evidence collected will be included in a report that will be sent to the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities. This shadow report, alongside other evidence, will eventually play a part in a public examination of the UK government’s progress in implementing the convention.

Four years ago the committee told the government in a report to make more than 80 improvements to the ways its laws and policies affect disabled people’s human rights, raising concerns on all but three of the 33 treaty articles it could have breached. The committee is believed to be keen to see how the UK government has responded to the recommendations it made in 2017.

The shadow report is due to be formally launched next March.

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