New anti-discrimination treaty for disabled people on track for June
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Issued 13 May
A major UN treaty that will enshrine the human rights of
disabled people will soon be ratified by the UK, Jonathan Shaw,
Minister for Disabled People, announced today.
Covering all aspects of life, including health, education,
employment and access to justice, the UN Convention on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) reaffirms that disabled people have
- and should be able to enjoy - their human rights on an equal basis
with non-disabled people.
Jonathan Shaw said: "I'm pleased to say the Parliamentary
processes for ratification are complete, and we are now on track to
formally ratify the Convention in June. After careful consideration it
remains our view that the handful of reservations and the
interpretative declaration are required and we will proceed on that
basis. Once ratified we can start implementing the Convention, which
will have a positive impact on the lives of disabled people.
"The Government has always been very clear about the
importance of this Convention. Ratification is a further demonstration
of our commitment to ensuring the equality of human rights for disabled
people, and our determination to achieve equality by 2025."
1. The Convention is designed to promote, protect and ensure
the human right, freedom and dignity of disabled people. It explicitly
sets out the rights that disabled people have and should be able to
enjoy on the same basis as other people - for example, the right to
dignity, freedom, equality and justice. It also provides direction on
how human rights should be interpreted from the perspective of disabled
people all over the world.
2. Government has been working towards ratification since
signature of the Convention in March 2007. As part of that process all
Government Departments and the Devolved Administrations have considered
the compliance of their legislation, policies and programmes against
the requirements of the Convention. The Parliamentary processes
necessary for ratification are now complete, and the final steps are
being taken so that the Convention can be formally ratified in June.
3. Government will be working closely with disabled people and
their organisations on implementation of the Convention, and will be
exploring how to raise awareness, and how to take forward monitoring
and reporting processes.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2009-05-15 16:08:44 in Employee Articles