By John Pring in Disability News Service.
Governments around the world – including the UK’s – have “overwhelmingly failed” to protect disabled people’s rights in responding to the global pandemic, according to the results of a major international survey.
This has had “dire consequences”, with thousands of avoidable and preventable deaths and other “serious human rights abuses”, says a report based on the survey.
The COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor (DRM) project aims to “raise the alarm globally” about the “catastrophic impact” of the pandemic on disabled people worldwide.
The testimonies of disabled people gathered for the report “show just how precarious the situation is”, says the report.
It particularly highlights “inadequate” measures to protect disabled people in institutions; a “significant and fatal” breakdown of community support; and the disproportionate impact on under-represented groups of disabled people, such as children, women, homeless people, and those living in remote and rural locations.
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