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UNCRPD in Ireland – begging for change

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The last few months, I’ve read and watched more political news than I could stomach. As a result, shortcut rambling, and buzzwords on Twitter like ‘“tremendous,” “ban,” “wall” and “crooked” now linger in my own vocabulary when I sit down to write. Trying to wipe self-centered #TrumpSpeak from my mind seems futile, though, as each day brings more White House drama.

In contrast, Michelle Obama’s selfless message has always been, “Say something true,” rather than “What will make me sound smart, or witty, or powerful?” or “What does the audience want to hear?” Unlike Donald Trump’s vernacular, her message is genuine and frank and she always delivers a genuine message that has the power to move and inspire. Continue reading

Disability rights in Ireland, 3 years later

logoThe UNCRPD, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, is an international human rights treaty adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 13th December 2006. It consists of a body of international experts that monitors implementation of the Convention by the States Parties. The UNCRPD provides the framework to promote, protect and ensure the rights of all people with disabilities and promotes equal rights in all areas of life. Continue reading

The right to die (updated)

Multiple sclerosis is a vindictive illness. Uncertainty is an every single day issue because people with MS do not know which way they will wake up in the morning, or how they will be in a couple of hours.

We could wake up blind in one eye or unable to walk. We could be feeling pretty good, but an hour later we could be so tired that we have to return to bed once again. Because of this uncertainty, we have to enjoy every minute of every day and live life with the precept carpe diem tattooed on our forehead as a reminder to live life to the fullest.

Because of its maliciousness, in my case, I want to show others that having MS is not the end of the road. On the contrary, it’s the beginning. It’s a scary journey, but one to be had either way.

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Disability rights in Ireland

October 16th 2013 is Blog Action Day, dedicated to human rights. Bloggers in 126 countries are writing about things that matter, like education for everyone, healthcare for each and every person on this planet and many, many more human right subjects.

After yesterday’s announcement of Budget 2014 by the Irish government, I clearly see what I need and want to address with my post for Blog Action Day 2013. Continue reading

The right to die

Suicide law in Ireland has been a hot topic recently. Marie Fleming, a multiple sclerosis patient in the later stages of the illness, is seeking the right to commit suicide with the help of her long-term partner Tom Curran. She does not want her partner receiving criminal charges for assisting her in her dying wish, and went before the President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns in Dublin.

Attempted suicide is no longer a criminal offense in Ireland since it was decriminalised in 1993. While self-harm is not seen as a form of attempted suicide, assisted suicide and euthanasia are still illegal under Irish law. This however was challenged at the High Court in December 2012. Continue reading

UNCRPD – Getting Ready to Ratify (1)

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Today I joined a conference on the UN Convention on the Rights for People with Disabilities (UNCRPD) organised by the Disability Federation of Ireland. The CRPD is an international human rights treaty adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 13th December 2006 and it consists of a body of international experts that monitors implementation of the Convention by the States Parties. Ireland, like the Netherlands and many other countries signed the convention, but has not ratified it yet.

So why the need to have it ratified? “The Convention is necessary in order to have a clear reaffirmation that the rights of persons with disabilities are human rights and to strengthen respect for these rights.  Although existing human rights conventions offer considerable potential to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities, it became clear that this potential was not being tapped.”

“Indeed, persons with disabilities continued being denied their human rights and were kept on the margins of society in all parts of the world.   This continued discrimination against persons with disabilities highlighted the need to adopt a legally binding instrument which set out the legal obligations on States to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities” Continue reading

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