Marking Human Rights Day; remember UK government have just been criticised for violating Human Rights of disabled people through their welfare reforms and a Human Rights abuser chair a panel of independent experts on the UN Human Rights Council.
Today is Human Rights Day which commemorates the day in 1948 that the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
To mark this day to remember human rights I thought I would write a very short piece this morning to identify two alarming things.
Firstly, the UK Conservative Government have just been criticised by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) for numerous violations relating to the governments vindictive welfare reforms. For the full details you can go here. But put simply, this is what our government have been criticised for;
- the way disabled people are portrayed negatively as lazy or benefit fraudsters;
- the functional rather than human rights based approach to assessing fitness for work;
- restrictions on disabled people’s ability to access justice because of legal aid cuts; and
- the disproportionate impact of certain measures, such as the closure of the Independent Living Fund, and changes in eligibility for the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP), on persons with disabilities.
My second highlight on this awareness day is that Saudi Arabia, widely recognised as one of the world’s worst human rights violators, currently chair the panel of independent experts on the UN Human Rights Council.
Saudi Arabia, who ban women from driving and hand out death sentences and public whipping for transgressions such as blogging, chair the panel of independent experts on the UN Human Rights Council.
Just let that sink in.
A bit more awareness raising needed I think!