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Report on the rights of persons with disabilities recieves overwhelming support at committee

24 May, 2016 - by Martina Anderson MEP

A report on the rights of persons with disabilities, authored by Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson, has received overwhelming support today in in European Parliament's Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee. 

Speaking after the vote, Martina Anderson said,

"I am happy with the great support my report and all progressive amendments got in the committee today. The focus of the report is to get the European institutions to protect the rights and improve the living standards of the over 80 million persons living with disabilities in the European Union.

"The report calls on the European Union to engage more pro-actively with the disability sector, to human rights proof all future and existing legislation, to adhere to the recommendations of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and remove barriers facing persons with disabilities in the electoral process.

"Crucially the report also calls for Ireland to fully ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It is an embarrassment that the Irish government has of yet failed to do so.

"I, along with my progressive colleagues, was able to resist attempts by the right-wing to dilute the strength of the report. Attempts to remove references to protecting disabled asylum seekers were blocked."

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson says the report highlights more needs to be done. Speaking after the vote Anderson said,

"Whilst it is good that this report is passed, it acts as a reminder that there is still a huge amount of work to be done. Whilst writing the report the current failings of the EU and many countries became even more apparent. Sinn Féin will continue to promote and protect the rights of all, be that in the European Parliament, Leinster House or the Assembly." ENDS

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