MPs hear of activists’ anger and frustration over ministers’ response to UN report

Disabled activists have told MPs and peers of their frustration at not being able to hold the government to account for its “grave or systematic” breaches of the UN disability convention.

The UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) found in November that the UK government had discriminated against disabled people across three key parts of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), following a lengthy inquiry sparked by disabled activists.

read more here: http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/mps-hear-of-activists-anger-and-frustration-over-ministers-response-to-un-report/

 

Watchdogs snubbed by minister after raising concerns over UN ‘violations’ report

Four human rights and equality watchdogs have been snubbed by the minister for disabled people after raising serious concerns about how her government dismissed a report that found it guilty of “grave or systematic” violations of the UN disability convention.

The UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) said last month that the UK government had discriminated against disabled people across three key parts of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

But the government responded to the report by dismissing its conclusions and all 11 of its recommendations.

read more here:

http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/watchdogs-snubbed-by-minister-after-raising-concerns-over-un-violations-report/

Force the Government to act on the 11 recommendations of the UN report on disability in the UK – Petition

The UK is the first country to have been investigated by the UN for systematic failures in our treatment of disabled people. This has been largely ignored by the National Media

The UN published its report in the week of the US election, and the media has ignored it. The government plans to ignore it too, their only response has been to accuse the UN of being offensive!

As a result of being investigated by a United Nations committee for not fulfilling the terms of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, the government have been found guilty of grave & systematic violations of the rights of disabled people as a direct result of austerity policies introduced into welfare & social care.

The UN committee has made 11 recommendations. Lets fight as hard as we can to stop the Government from sweeping this under the carpet. So please, all, sign and share this petition as far and wide as you can.

The petition can be found here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/172393

UN urged to act after Conservative government dismisses report on disability

Thanks to the efforts of our Tory-supporting media, most people in the UK don’t even know the United Nations has found the government guilty of systematically violating the rights of people with disabilities.

As one of the signatories of this letter, I’m surprised the Herald has published this story – it wasn’t due for release until the middle of the week.

So you should perhaps consider this a taste of things to come, and I would certainly appreciate it if everybody reading this could share it with as many friends and associates as possible.

Clearly we cannot rely on the mainstream press to report on this matter, even though it is one of the worst disgraces the United Kingdom’s government has ever committed – a national disgrace.

Spread the word and shame the Tories.

Campaigners are urging the United Nations to condemn the UK Government’s “unacceptable” dismissal of criticism over the impact of its welfare policies on disabled people.

Its report, published last week, found austerity policies had led to “systematic violations” of the rights of people with disabilities, with changes to benefits disproportionately affecting this group.

But in response, UK Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green said it demonstrated an “outdated view of disability which is patronising and offensive.”

Now campaigners are writing to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon asking him to “censure” the UK Government for its “unacceptable behaviour” in trying to discredit the report.

read more here: http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2016/11/13/un-urged-to-act-after-conservative-government-dismisses-report-on-disability/

U.N. inquiry finds that British welfare reforms trampled on disabled rights

Britain’s cost-cutting welfare reforms gravely or systematically violated the rights of disabled people, according to a United Nations inquiry published on Monday that was rejected by Britain.

The issue has caused disputes within Britain’s Conservative government, prompting a leading cabinet member, Iain Duncan Smith, to resign in March, complaining that cuts to disability payments were “a compromise too far”.

Among its recommendations, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities said Britain should set up a mechanism to permanently monitor the impact of policies relating to disabled people’s standard of living and their ability to work and live independently.

Members of the U.N. committee of 18 independent experts visited Britain in October 2015 and the report was based on more than 200 interviews and some 3,000 pages of documentary evidence.

The 22-page report criticised welfare cuts and caps introduced under an austerity programme the government said would make the welfare system fairer and reduce benefit fraud.

“Persons with disabilities have been regularly portrayed negatively as being dependent or making a living out of benefits, committing fraud as benefit claimants, being lazy and putting a burden on taxpayers, who are paying ‘money for nothing’,” it said.

The allegation was unsubstantiated, but disabled people were subject to increasing hostility and aggressive behaviour.

The government had not factored disabled people’s needs into its reforms, and cuts in housing benefits had caused high levels of stress and depression, the report said. Programmes to encourage them to find work “had no visible impact”, and many were driven into debt and forced to resort to using food banks.

In a written response provided by the U.N. human rights office, the British government said it strongly disagreed with the conclusions and was proud of its record of supporting disabled people to lead more independent lives. It said nearly 500,000 more disabled people were in employment since 2013.

“As a strong parliamentary democracy, where the voices and opinions of disabled people are represented and listened to, the UK is a place where disabled people’s rights are respected, promoted and upheld,” the British government’s response said.

In a point-by-point rebuttal that was as long as the committee’s 10,000 word report, Britain said that the U.N. inquiry was too narrow in scope and it did not plan to follow up on is recommendations any further.

(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Catherine Evans)

from Reuters: http://uk.mobile.reuters.com/article/idUKKBN13220L?il=0

 

A damning report to the UN reveals the truth about the UK’s human rights record [VIDEO]

A report being submitted to the UN on human rights in the UK has slammed the government’s policies and raised serious concerns about the state of human rights in the country.

The UK, like all other countries, must submit a Universal Periodic Review (UPR) every four years to the UN, to show how it is meeting its human rights obligations. The Equality and Human Rights Commission requested the British Institute for Human Rights (BIHR) to conduct the report in association with a number of civil society organisations. It was launched in parliament on the evening of 22 September, in an event chaired by Harriet Harman MP.

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Daughter of man who committed suicide after being found fit to work takes human rights case to UN

THE grieving daughter of a disabled man who took his own life after being wrongly declared fit for work is getting help from Scottish disability rights campaigners to take his case to the United Nations over human rights violations and also make an official complaint to the General Medical Council (GMC).

Medical adviser Dr Stephen Carty, an Edinburgh GP and medical adviser for the Black Triangle campaign group, is helping Michael O’Sullivan’s daughter Anne-Marie compile a complaint against the GMC’s handling of her father’s assessment and their failure to act.

As part of the UN’s investigation into Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms, they are putting together a dossier of information about the 60-year-old’s tragic case.

Details of a coroner’s report, which ruled that father-of-two O’Sullivan died as a direct result of being found fit for work by the UK Government’s disability assessors, was exposed by the Disability News Service investigative journalist John Pring last week and it’s the first time the UK Government’s ruthless welfare cuts have been blamed for the death of a claimant.

In the report to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the coroner for inner north London demanded it take action to prevent further deaths after concluding the “trigger” for O’Sullivan’s suicide was his fit-for-work assessment.
The north London man was moved from Employment Support on to Jobseeker’s Allowance after 10 years despite providing reports from three doctors, including his GP, stating that he had long-term depression and agoraphobia and was unable to work. He killed himself at his home on September 24, 2013.

Anne-Marie insisted her father should never have been ruled fit to work and plans to explore very avenue in her fight for justice.

John McArdle, Black Triangle campaign manager, said: “We are helping Anne-Marie to compile a complaint against the GMC and their lack of action against the doctor, employed by Atos, who ignored all other medical advice and found her dad fit for work.

Read more here:
http://www.thenational.scot/news/daughter-of-man-who-committed-suicide-after-being-found-fit-to-work-takes-human-rights-case-to-un.8143