Disabled people want to meet Theresa May over the UN’s ‘human catastrophe’ verdict
(as seen and available at https://www.thecanary.co/uk/2018/02/28/disabled-people-want-meet-theresa-may-uns-human-catastrophe-verdict/)
A coalition of disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) has written to Theresa May. It’s asking her to meet with them over a UN report which accused her government of creating a “human catastrophe” in the UK.
“Grave” and “systematic” human rights violations
The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) has reported twice since November 2016 on life for disabled people in the UK. The Canary covered each of the reports in full. But overall, the UN said successive Conservative-led governments had committed “grave” and “systematic” violations of disabled people’s human rights.
The chair of the UNCRPD said that the government and the media “have some responsibility” for society seeing disabled people as “parasites, living on social benefits… and [living on] the taxes of other people”. She said these “very, very dangerous” attitudes could “lead to violence… and if not, to killings and euthanasia”. And she urged the government to “stop” this.
Disabled people: an open letter
So far, the coalition of DPOs believes May’s government has not done enough to address its concerns or those of the UN. So it has written the letter below:
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