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UNCRPD, Ireland’s ten-year moral outrage

Ad nauseam.

Ah yes, you know the term.

In proper Wikipedia language, it reads “An argument or other discussion that has continued ‘to [the point of] nausea.” In Irish slang, “We are bloody well tired of talking or hearing about it.”

And that, dear reader, we are. Severely sick and tired of hearing that the Irish government will ratify the UNCRPD by a specified date, only to find out that they very silently forgot to live by that promise. Needless to say, having the gift of the gab in Dáil Éireann is an advantage, yet those we elected to represent our very needs refuse to use that gift when it matters most. Continue reading

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Disability rights in Ireland, 3 years later

logoIn October 2013, I wrote a piece about Ireland’s non-ratification status for Blog Action Day, dedicated to human rights in the hope that the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities would be ratified sooner rather than later.

Three years on, the disability community in Ireland is still waiting on that very ratification.

The 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 supports equal rights in all areas of life. Continue reading

Disability is never cured with one pill alone

So it seems I’m on the warpath. It also appears that if you want to change things, you have to work very hard to get it done. And hope your adversaries are willing to at least listen for one second to what you have to say.

Is it worth it? Not if your voice is cut off before the first vowel leaves your lips. It is worth it, however, if or when your input is evaluated and rationalized as such that your opponent understands quite clearly what you mean.

It’s true that we live in a society where politicians say all and citizens very little. The why and the wherefore of their actions often need to be repeatedly discussed on TV, in newspapers and in the salons of hairdressers, tea parties, and our own living rooms.

As an avid reader of online journals, I sometimes find myself ‘trying to stay in the game’ as it were. That’s when I realise that politics is a gigantic game of semantics. I try to learn from what I read and try to do my best to remember everything, something that’s not always easy to do. So I read more about it, and the following day more again. 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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