The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

What is the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities?

The UN Convention says that countries cannot treat someone differently or unfairly because of their disability. The convention contains many rights which are already embedded in other laws. It also states what countries can do to ensure people with disabilities enjoy the same human rights as everyone else.

How does this effect me?

In 2009, the UK government ratified it’s commitment to the UN. As a result, the UK government has agreed to stick to what the treaty has said. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have also agreed on what the treaty has said. This means that the UK governments have to protect Human Rights for disabled people- the right to work, to have a family, to have an education and to have access to the best possible health care.

What role is Equal Lives playing in all of this?

Mark Harrison, the Chief Executive for Equal Lives is currently at the UN Committee in Geneva, highlighting some of the key issues and some of the shortcomings of the current government. We are continuing to ensure the government implements all of the suggestions and rules described in the treaty.

Where can I see or read about the guide?

The EHRC have produced a document here: Guide on The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The EHRC have also produced a British Sign Language (BSL) video of the guide 

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