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Implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – Mac Lochlainn

1 December, 2015 - by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Justice and Equality, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD, has again called on the government to take the rights of disabled people more seriously.

Speaking in the Oireachtas today, Deputy Mac Lochlainn said:

“The UNCRPD elaborates in detail the rights of persons with disabilities and sets out a code of implementation.

“Most concerns raised by the persons with disabilities are addressed by the UNCRPD. Issues such as adequate health care, access to education, access to work and measures to improve public mobility are all specifically addressed by the convention.

“Its approach to disability is a social model of disability. Society plays a large role in disabling persons through environmental and psychological barriers.

“Political decision making and resource allocation can remove a lot of the barriers that disabled persons encounter enabling persons with disabilities to be as productive and involved in public life as the able-bodied.

“Countries that commit to ratification of the convention are required to abolish laws, regulations, customs and practices that constitute discrimination. A Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will examine reports from States in regard to progress made in implementing the convention.

“An optional protocol allows individuals and groups to petition the Committee once all national recourse procedures have been exhausted.

“The main responsibility of this government in relation to persons with disabilities was to ratify the UNCRPD. The state has signed the convention indicating that they agree with (most) articles, but it has failed to ratify it.

“It is, like delayed ratification of the Istanbul Convention and the UN anti-torture protocol, another embarrassing failure.”

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