The Tories are being investigated by the UN for ‘ongoing human rights violations’

From Evolve Politics: United Nations officials are hearing evidence from UK-wide disability organisations which shows the Tory government’s “ongoing human rights violations” have put it in breach of the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People.

After being warned last October that welfare cuts have led to “grave and systematic violations” of rights, the UK government is now under investigation by the United Nation’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Campaigners have called the government’s lack of action “complacency at best and high-handed evasion at worst”.

A collection of evidence submitted by the disability groups includes:

  • Lack of accessible housing
  • Decline in disabled children in education
  • Cuts to health and social services
  • Rapidly growing use of compulsory detention and forced treatment powers contained in mental health legislation
  • Plans to cap funding for support that allows disabled people to work
  • The level of hate crime

Due to this disturbing disregard for their rights, the disabled community has been left to face “serious discrimination” in educational, employment and social opportunities.

Disability Rights UK have told how the government have ignored the findings and recommendations of the report, as well as the UN’s. They accuse the government of dismissing the “lived experiences, views and interests of Disabled people in the UK”.

There is also a level of unease about how disabled people will be affected by Brexit; EU legislation which protects disability rights and funding to various grants are both under threat.

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