Friday, 14 September 2012

Disability Rights Now : report to UN finds disabled Australians suffer many inequalities

Leading Disabled Persons Organisations in Australia have compiled Disability Rights Now!, a Shadow Report on Australia's implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

The overall aim of the Shadow Report is to make recommendations to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The main focus of the Shadow Report will be reporting the extent to which Australia has implemented its obligations under the CRPD and to provide recommendations for future action by the Australian Government.

The report found most Australians with a disability are isolated, afraid of exploitation or violence or are living below the poverty line. Improving equality and non-discrimination laws, the ability to live independently, community involvement and protection from abuse and exploitation are some of its key recommendations.

Australian Human Rights Centre spokeswoman Rosemary Kayes said people with a disability were left behind and made to feel like second class citizens."The majority of people with a disability are experiencing isolation or loneliness, living in fear of violence or exploitation or are unemployed and living below the poverty line," Ms Kayes said in a statement.


Australia failing people with disabilities (ABC)

Inequality for people with disabilities (The Australian)

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