The UK Government’s Global Disability Summit on disabled people’s human rights is a “blatant attempt to divert attention from its own disastrous record on human rights and the damage its own policies have inflicted on UK disabled people,” according to leading Scottish Disabled People’s Organisation, Inclusion Scotland.
Sally Witcher, Chief Executive Officer of Inclusion Scotland condemned attempts by the Department for International Development (DfID), the organiser of the summit in London, to claim a leadership role in promoting the human rights of disabled people less than a year after the United Nations condemned the UK Government’s own record.
“The UK Government is fooling no-one. The Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of Disabled People branded the UK Government’s record ‘a human catastrophe’,” Dr Witcher said.
“Rather than urging others to sign a Charter for Change”, they might like to consider implementing UNCRPD and accept the verdict of the UN Committee on their woeful performance.
“The UK Government should stop lecturing to the world and start sorting out its own backyard. Its credibility on disabled people’s human rights is non-existent”.