[AI] FW: News Release - Disabled People Are Not Really Human
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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Dear Suhas, thank you so much for the reply. Please give my regards to
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Subject: FW: News Release - Disabled People Are Not Really Human
8 May 2008
UN Convention Campaign Coalition (UNCCC) calls for
'Ratification without Reservation'
STOP PRESS – GOVERNMENT LATEST –
DISABLED PEOPLE ARE NOT REALLY HUMAN
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
"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
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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