[AI] FW: News Release - Disabled People Are Not Really Human

Ketan Kothari muktaketan at gmail.com
Sun Jun 15 04:06:47 EDT 2008

This is a serious matter as I fear that though our Government has ratified 
the convention, it will sleep over it.  Let us be vigilant.
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From: "Suhas Karnik" <suhasvkarnik at hotmail.com>
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Subject: [AI] FW: News Release - Disabled People Are Not Really Human

From: manique.g at gmail.comTo: suhasvkarnik at hotmail.comSubject: FW: News 
Release - Disabled People Are Not Really HumanDate: Tue, 10 Jun 2008 
22:20:12 +0530

Dear Suhas, thank you so much for the reply. Please give my regards to 
gaynor who came to Sri Lanka for the resource mobilization seminar.

Subject: FW: News Release - Disabled People Are Not Really Human

8 May 2008

UN Convention Campaign Coalition (UNCCC) calls for
'Ratification without Reservation'


The Blair Government wanted to see the UN Convention on the Rights of 
Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) happen – now the Brown Government wants to 
reserve on some of the most important rights.

For five years the UK Government worked hard at the UN in New York and took 
a leading role within the European Delegation to ensure that the CRPD was 
written and approved.  On March 30 2007 Anne McGuire, the Minister for 
Disabled People was among the first signatories.  By the end of March 2008, 
twenty countries had ratified the Convention and on May 3 it became a live 
and functioning convention.

But not in the UK.  Last December, McGuire made it plain that there would be 
reservations tabled before the UK could ratify.  On Tuesday   May 6, she 
issued a statement outlining those reservations.  Outrageously, despite the 
DDA, the Life Chances Report and promises of full equality for disabled 
people by 2025, the Government has decided that disabled people are only fit 
to receive some rights – not the general inalienable, indivisible and 
comprehensive rights that are due to other people.

Despite the fact that the CRPD states clearly that implementation of rights 
contained within it are incremental, they could easily set a target for 
completion rather than reserve. But the UK Government is saying loud and 
clear that there are certain violations against disabled people that they 
should be allowed to perpetrate for ever:

It should be allowed to bang disabled people up in residential 
accommodation, even though evidence has shown that they are often abused and 
have no real choice and control over their lives.

It should continue to provide segregated education away from home and 
friends, despite the mounting evidence that fully supported inclusive 
education in their own communities is the only way that disabled children 
can attain some sort of equality.

It is perpetuating the discrimination of the DDA and allowing the armed 
forces to discriminate in the employment of disabled people – despite the 
disabled veterans that are going back to the war zones complete with their 

And they are reserving the right for disabled people to have liberty of 
movement, nationality and immigration.

A meeting of the Commonwealth Disabled People's Forum at the Commonwealth 
Foundation in London, on hearing of the UK's intentions to ratify only with 
reservations, issued a public statement in which they expressed their shock 
and said:

"We wish to express our deep concerns that any Commonwealth country should 
not be whole hearted in their support of human rights for disabled people. 
We are united in our hope that the UK will take the leadership in ratifying 
and implementing the CRPD without reservations and that their leadership 
will be followed throughout the Commonwealth."

Rachel Kachaje, a disabled leader said:

"Disabled people see that hope springs out of the Convention - hope for a 
new, inclusive world where disabled people can be seen as fully human."

"Apparently the present UK Government does not share that view of the full 
humanity of disabled people".


Notes to Editor:

The UNCCC is a coalition of 22 disabled peoples organisations and disability 
organisations campaigning to ensure that the UK Government ratifies the CRPD 
without reservations.

For further information contact:

Richard Rieser – r.rieser at diseed.org.uk  020 7359 2855
Rachel Hurst – Rachel.daa at btinternet.com  01666 837 671

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