UN hears about violation of disabled people’s rights

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An influential UN committee has been told disabled people’s human rights in Scotland are being “violated” by the Tories’ welfare cuts agenda.

And it has led to a call from the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission to call on the UK and Scottish governments to do more to protect the rights of disabled people.

Evidence presented to the United Nations in Geneva showed the UK government’s welfare change programme has resulted in “grave and systematic violations” of disabled people’s human rights.

A report from the SHRC highlights areas in which improvement is urgently needed to ensure disabled people in Scotland can live independently with dignity – including access to housing, education, health, law, advocacy and money.

The report assesses the extent to which the UK and Scottish Governments are meeting their international human rights treaty obligations.

Read more: http://www.scottishhumanrights.com/news/human-rights-institutions-take-report-on-disabled-people-s-rights-to-the-united-nations-un-in-geneva/

 

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