03 May 2019

3rd May 2008 - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities came into effect on 3rd May 2008. Its intention is that disabled people can play their full part in society as a right and not out of charity. The United Kingdom has signed up to this convention as a member of the EU. However a UN report last year criticised the UK for its failure to uphold disabled people's rights. Failures included:

* Increasing poverty among the disabled resulting from benefit cuts
* Disabled people confined at home because of social care cuts
* More people with mental health issues being detained for compulsory community treatment orders
* The loss of adapted vehicles made it more difficult to get about and hold down work
* Disabled children from poorer households more likely to go to special schools

This is a summary of a Guardian article UN panel criticises UK failure to uphold disabled peoples rights.

Thanks to The Mental Health History Timeline for pointing out the date.

The convention can be seen at the un.org website.

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