United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled People


Nothing about us without us! Disabled people’s human rights in Scotland: an opportunity to tell the United Nations what’s happening.

The United Kingdom agreed to ‘protect and promote’ the human rights of disabled people and people with long-term health conditions by signing up to the Convention on the Rights of Disabled People. It also agreed to take part in a review every 4 years so that the United Nations can check whether disabled people’s human rights are being upheld. The ‘UK’ includes the Scottish Government and public bodies in Scotland like Health Boards, education providers and councils.

Inclusion Scotland is running a project called ‘Nothing about us without us! Disabled people’s human rights in Scotland’ to gather evidence of disabled people’s views and experiences. We’ll put the evidence we gather in a report called the Civil Society Shadow Report. The report will be sent to the United Nations next year (2022) to help it prepare for the review of the United Kingdom.

This project is your chance to tell the United Nations what’s happening to your rights and what needs to happen next. We want you to take part so that the United Nations hears about what life is really like for disabled people in Scotland today. This is disabled people’s report and the more disabled people who contribute to it, the more powerful our voice will be.

Nothing about us without us!

If you’ve got any questions, ideas or comments please email us on uncrpd@inclusionscotland.org or phone us on 0131 370 6700.


Find out more about your human rights

We have pulled together these materials to help people to learn more about their human rights. These materials will give you information about the Convention on the Rights of Disabled People, the monitoring process and what happened at the last review. They will help you think about what we should tell the United Nations in the Report.

Many of the reports we talk about are from 2017. This was the last time the UK was reviewed by the United Nations. This project is your opportunity to have your say on what the United Nations will look at in the next review which is planned to take place in 2023.

There are already many good materials about the Convention on the Rights of Disabled People on the internet and we have included links to some so that you can find out more.


Disabled People’s Human Rights

Disabled People’s Human Rights (PDF Version)

Disabled People’s Human Rights (MS Word Version)

Human Rights of Disabled People (Easy Read Version)


What happened last time the UK was reviewed by the Committee on the Rights of Disabled People?

What happened last time the UK was reviewed by the Committee on the Rights of Disabled People? (PDF Version)

What happened last time the UK was reviewed by the Committee on the Rights of Disabled People? (MS Word Version)

What happened last time the UK was reviewed by the Committee on the Rights of Disabled People? (Easy Read Version)


What’s happened to disabled people’s rights since 2017?

What’s happened to disabled people’s rights since 2017? (PDF Version)

What’s happened to disabled people’s rights since 2017? (MS Word Version)

What’s happened to disabled people’s rights since 2017? (Easy Read Version)