Disabled People: UN Convention — Question

Baroness Greengross (Crossbench)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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2 Responses to “Disabled People: UN Convention — Question”

  1. Alan Wheatley, Green Party off England & Wales Spokesperson on Disability & on Social Care Services Says:

    The UK Govt under Labour signed up to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on 31 March 2007, with Anne McGuire as disability minister. It has been alleged that — while there was a lot of stalling and backtracking by Labour on rights of disabled people in the face of its welfare reform agenda, when the Disability Minister began to listen to disabled people and take on board their concerns, she was replaced as ‘too dangerous’ by Jonathan Shaw.

    Of course, implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities would require a substantial investment in equalities, and I do not really think that that is what the Con-Dem coalition has in mind at this time. I am reminded of the detail in Rev Dr Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.

    Made on 28 August 1963 on the March on Washington, the speech contrasted the ‘promisory note’ or cheque that the Gettysberg Address of 28 August 1863 had represented. King said that that ‘promisory note’ had come back time after time “marked insufficient funds.”

    To parody what Einstein wrote or said about the atomic bomb, the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities changed everything except cost-cutting millionaire cabinet members’ ways of thinking.

    I believe that rather than emphasising a need for govt to protect the most vulnerable, disability and carers groups need to be much less apologetic and remind govt that the UK is signed up to delivering equality for disabled people.

    Alan Wheatley

  2. Rose51 Says:

    Well said Alan & I agree that the Govt should be reminded about delivering equality for disabled people.
    It’s high time they signed the Convention in full. I think we’re the only country that has 4 reservations. Many have signed in full & a few I think have 2 reservations.
    Totally unacceptable.

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