The UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People
The text below explains the way the UN Committee on the Rights of Disabled People is able to monitor and investigate what the Government is (and isn’t doing).
UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People
Ratified by UK Government in 2009
The convention sets out our human rights.
This includes; independent living, employment, health,
education, access to information, access to justice,
and many more.
How is the convention monitored?
How do we know if the Government is meeting our rights?
UN Committee on the Rights of Disabled People
18 experts from around the world who investigate and look at evidence to decide what countries need to do to improve.
Every 4 years the UK Government sends a report to the Committee to explain what they are doing to meet disabled people’s human rights.
Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) submit a civil society report, also called the Alternative Report.
The UK Independent Monitoring (UKIM) mechanism also produce a report.
DPOs and UKIM meet with 5 members of the Committee in Geneva.
We present evidence and advise the Committee on the most
important issues for disabled people in the UK
The Committee publish their List of Issues.
UK Government has 3 months to consult and respond. Disabled people can submit more evidence.
The Committee examines the UK Government. They will ask questions using the evidence given to them.
This will be livestreamed so anyone can see.
The Committee will publish their concluding report.
This will recommend action the Government must take to improve how it gives disabled people their rights.