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Guest post by Emma Vogelmann. As a disabled rights activist, you are used to fighting for your voice and concerns to be heard by others, particularly by others who can affect real change. So you can imagine how surprised I was when I was asked by Inclusion London to be on a panel of young activists at Amnesty International’s International Council Meeting (ICM) in Rome!
Inclusion London CEO Tracey Lazard was on Newsnight speaking about the UN’s damning verdict on the Government’s treatment of Disabled people, following the release of the UN Disability Committee’s Concluding Observations.
The UK Government’s claim to be a ‘world leader in disability issues’ has today been crushed by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Committee has released damning Concluding Observations on the UK, following its first Review of the government’s compliance with the Convention.
Austerity policies have created a “human catastrophe” – UN Committee Chair condemns the UK’s record on human rights.
Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations welcome the public unity of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in their clear criticism of the UK Government’s ‘grave and systematic violations’ of disabled people’s human rights.
We know Independent Living is about us having equal choices and living a normal life like everybody else. It is not about leaving us without support. So we intervened in the Davey case to ensure the Care Act delivers our right to Independent living. We also came to show solidarity with Luke and highlight the enormous struggle we have to go through to get even very basic things in our lives.
The UK government will be up in front of the UN Disability Committee on the 23 and 24 August answering questions on how far the UK Government is protecting and upholding the rights of Disabled people.