Disability Campaigners From Britain Tell The United Nations The Government Has Betrayed People In The UK




By Ben Glaze in The Mirror on 21 August 2017.


United Nations officials will hear evidence of how British ministers are breaching disabled people’s rights today.

The UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is investigating the UK’s progress in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People.

Last October it warned that welfare cuts have led to “grave and systematic violations” of rights.

Campaigners have accused the Government of “complacency at best and high-handed evasion at worst”.

Disability Rights UK chief executive Kamran Mallick said: “Many disabled people and their families saw the UK’s signature of the international convention as a vital milestone on the journey to true equality and the fulfilment that comes with leading independent, rounded lives.

“They now feel betrayed by the Government’s failure to adhere to either the spirit or the letter of the convention.

“Small steps forward are more than outweighed by a raft of significant adverse measures, such as cruel and demeaning benefit changes and the extension of compulsory mental health treatment to the community.”


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