A number of reports have recently been published in response to the UN Convention of the Rights of Disabled People (UNCRPD).
The Convention gives a list of rules that governments have to follow to make sure that disabled people get their human rights. Every four years the UN gets a report from government and one from disabled people reporting back on whether they are getting their rights.
Inclusion Scotland, the national Disabled People’s Organisation, have recently produced the report from disabled people along with supporting organisations like LCiL on what the situation is in Scotland.
There are three cross-cutting issues which have implications across a number of articles.
- Austerity cuts to national and local public expenditure and changes in UK social security policy are impacting on a range of rights, particularly under articles 19, 20, 25, 27, 28 and 30. We support the findings of the CRPD committee’s inquiry into the UK state party’s implementation of the Convention.
- Independent Advocacy services, including specialist services, are underfunded and cannot meet need. This compromises the ability of disabled people to identify and access appropriate support to claim their rights, particularly in relation to articles 12, 13, 14, 26 and 28.
- Inadequate provision of accessible information affects rights under a range of articles and is not limited to Article 9. In particular, people with learning disabilities, Deaf people and hard of hearing people find it challenging to obtain all the accessible information they require.
Please see links below:
Easy read version: ‘Disabled People’s Human Rights: How are we doing in Scotland?’
An Easy Read report about our rights under the United Nation’s Disabled People’s Convention (UNCRPD).
PDF version & Word version links here:
Full version: Implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Shadow Report from Scotland
Inclusion Scotland, in partnership with – Self-Directed Support Scotland, People First (Scotland) Glasgow Disability Alliance, Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living, Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living, Voices of Experience, the British Deaf Association, the Scottish Council on Deafness and Professor Nicholas Watson of the University of Glasgow. January 2017.
PDF version & Word version links:
Please also find below a link to a British Sign Language version of the shadow report covering Scotland: https://vimeopro.com/deafaction/un-1