CAMPAIGNERS have revealed details of the dossier of complaints which led to the UN launching an investigation into allegations of “grave and systematic violations” of disabled people’s human rights in the UK.
Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), a grassroots campaign group, has published a list of more than 40 issues which it submitted as evidence to the UN that “attacks are being carried out in every area” of disabled people’s lives by the UK government.
The list ranges from the introduction of the bedroom tax and controversial “fitness for work” tests, to the impact of benefit sanctions and cuts to mobility allowances.
The campaigners say the UN inquiry – the first of its kind – has “great historic importance” and will examine the “vicious and punitive attacks” on disabled people’s independent living, as well as cuts which have led to unnecessary deaths.
Last week the Sunday Herald revealed how UN officials will visit the UK in the next few months, following the launch of the formal investigation by the UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
Scottish disability charity Inclusion Scotland said it has been advised a visit by the Special Rapporteur and members of the committee on the rights of persons with disabilities is expected in the “near future”.