About the UN Convention for the Rights of Disabled People (UN CRPD)
The rights of all people who have an impairment, illness, injury or health condition and who face barriers to being included in society are recognised by the UN Disability Convention. This means the Convention is for and about the human rights of people with mental health conditions, people with learning disabilities, deaf people, people with sensory impairments, people with physical impairments, people with autism, people with epilepsy and people who are HIV positive.
The UK Government, in partnership with the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is responsible for making sure the Convention is implemented and that disabled people are involved in monitoring progress towards full implementation.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Scottish Human Rights Commission have been designated as independent bodies to promote, protect and monitor the implementation of the UN Disability Convention (the Convention) in Scotland.
Find out more about the Convention including our guide to the Convention for disabled people and disabled people's organisations.
Working with the Scottish Human Rights Commission
All the work we do on the Convention in Scotland is done jointly with the Scottish Human Rights Commission. Together we promote and raise awareness of the Convention and gather evidence about how the Convention is being implemented; at all times working with and involving disabled people and Disabled People’s Organisations.
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Find out more about our recent and current work including seminars and publications, below. This information is also available in easy read.
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Online seminar series – save the dates
As part of our ongoing promotion and monitoring role and based on what disabled people have shared with us so far, we are holding a series of four free online seminars that will relate the Disability Convention to the key issues facing disabled people in Scotland. The series will begin with an exploration of disability equality and human rights in the context of public spending cuts and welfare reform. Later seminars will consider issues such as access to justice, independent living and children and young people.
Each seminar will only last an hour and will be between 12pm and 1pm so you can watch or listen, and join in over your lunchtime sandwiches. You can be part of the live online seminars on your own or you may want to see if any of your colleagues or friends want to get involved too and join as a small group.
The seminars aim to be both informative (about how to use the Disability Convention) and discursive (an opportunity to influence what needs to happen to implement the Convention in Scotland). The seminar will be transcribed live by a palantypist on the same website showing the seminar.
To join the seminar use the following link that will open as a ‘pop up’ box displaying a video frame: Seminar Series on Disability Convention The video you will see will be the seminar broadcasting live from Edinburgh.
No prior registration or ‘log in’ details will be required to access the seminar but you need to check that your computer has functioning video and audio capability.
Although you don't need to register for the seminar, please let us know if you plan to join in so that we can make sure that you're familiar with the website we are using to broadcast the seminar, provide any information you need in an accessible format and keep you informed of any changes to the programme. You can do this be emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephoning 0131 240 2985
Save these dates:
- 12 December 2011, 12 – 1pm: Rights in a Recession
- 16 January 2012, 12 – 1pm: Getting Justice
- 13 February 2012. 12 – 1pm: Independent Living
- 12 March 2012, 12- 1pm: Children and Young People
To take part you will need access to an internet connection. If this is not possible for you, please contact us and we will do our best to help find access to a shared facility.
The seminar series will have the Twitter hashtag #crpdseminar
UK Parliament Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) Inquiry into Independent Living
The Commissions submitted written and oral evidence to the UK Parliament Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry into Independent Living. This involved staff and Commissioners attending the evidence sessions in the Houses of Parliament and answering questions about human rights put to them from members of the House of Commons and House of Lords. We subsequently answered a series of follow up written questions raised by the JCHR.
Download submission to Joint Committee Inquiry on Independent Living