New UN disability rights guide


A new guide to the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons (UNCRDP) has been published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

The Commission’s guide is designed to help disabled people to know what their rights are and how to use them. It also aims to help organisations understand what their responsibilities are, and encourage people to challenge injustices and improve services.

The Convention, which was signed by the UK Government last year, sets out the basic rights of people with disabilities. It covers health, education, employment, access to justice, personal security, independent living and access to information.

The UN convention also describes what the UK Government has agreed to do to ensure these rights are upheld. It has until next July to report back to the UN on its progress.

Copies of the guide are available to download at:

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