EHRC: UK’s lack of compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – “deeply concerning”.
We have written previously about the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities online here and in our members newsletter (Resnews). For the UK, the road to compliance has been long and winding, and I’m still not sure if ‘we’ are much further forward. Sadly it was not surprising a few weeks ago (10th Oct.) to read the headline “The treatment of disabled people in the UK is getting worse, according to a highly critical report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)”, introducing a thoroughly depressing analysis of lack of progress .
The headline appeared above an article on the website of the Rights Info, a voluntary organisation set up about two years ago produce ‘engaging, accessible and beautifully-presented online human rights content’ i.e. something the layman could understand. (The website has a discreet section on Disability and Human Rights which is worth a browse).
So please take a look at the article on the RightsInfo website – which includes a link to the full report ( Progress on Disability Rights in the United Kingdom) which prompted it. You will also find there links to explanations of what the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is. The concluding paragraph of the article cites a Scope report published in August: “49% of disabled people feel excluded from society, 41% don’t feel valued, and only 42% feel the UK is a good place for disabled people to live. There are 14 million disabled people in the UK”.