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An article in the Guardian reports that the UK government is risking "systematic violation" of international human rights law in its treatment of disabled people, a group of national charities claim.

Austerity measures and welfare reforms such as the bedroom tax mean the rights of disabled people to independent living, work, and social security have been undermined, causing significant hardship, say campaigners

A report published by Just Fair, a consortium of 80 national charities including Amnesty International, Save the Children, and Oxfam, says the UK is in clear breach of its legal obligations.

Support structures for many disabled people have disappeared or are under threat as local authorities cut social care budgets, while cuts to benefits will leave many disabled people without crucial help for daily living

Jane Campbell, a cross-bench peer who is disabled said: "It is both extremely worrying and deeply sad that the UK – for so long regarded as an international leader in protecting and promoting disabled people's rights – now risks sleepwalking towards the status of a systematic violator of these same rights."

The government vigorously denied the claim. Disability minister Mike Penning said: "It is simply not true to say we are breaching our legal obligations to disabled people.”

The report will be submitted to the United Nations, which is in the process of reviewing UK compliance with its obligations to the rights of disabled people.

Read the full story in the Guardian


0 #3 Jane Young 2014-07-13 22:17
You can download the report at just-fair.co.uk/.../... I should know - I wrote most of it - took me 6 months! It's written rather differently from other reports, though, as it has to measure everything against the UN treaties, including the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities that the UK ratifed in 2009. However, I was really surprised when I found out that the UK ratified the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights in 1974, which impose an obligation to make sure everyone has an adequate standard of living...

Sadly, the UN only has moral authority over the UK. It can't intervene or punish. I think the idea is that Governments are supposed to be embarrassed if the UN finds they've failed to meet their obligations, but I don't think this Government actually cares!!
+4 #2 Paul Richards 2014-07-07 11:18
Hi angela,
You are very right in what you say. Also, how can Mike Penning turn round and say that everything is well, when it is so obviously not??!!
After so much true evidence which has been given by so many sick and disabled people, B&W site, (and the organisations and charities representing them) and also in the recent BBC televised Parliament debate - it is a travesty and indeed a 'cover-up' (!) to present his views of the situation (and the other Government Ministers)
in any other way. Can no-one bring them to book over this??
Let's hope that the United Nations and the European Court of Human Rights can deal with this quickly and take the appropriate action. I suspect though that it may take a while, or more, as per usual! :sad:
+4 #1 angela 2014-07-07 10:10
Its all well and good all these profressonal bodys saying all this week in week out PLEASE DO SOME THING TO HELP us before its to late

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