Irish Government failing its citizens with disabilities.
WHAT DO WE WANT?
- No more cuts - we have had a cumulative 11% cut to date this is already affecting the provision of personal assistance and other vital services for people with disabilities
- Reversal of the cuts to Community Employment schemes which CILs depend upon to operate effectively
- The Irish State should immediately ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities
CIL calls on the Irish State to immediately Ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD) together with the Optional Protocol. In not ratifying, Ireland is in a minority of countries - 106 have now ratified it. Since March 2007 the Government has promised to ratify saying the obstacle for not doing so was the lack of modern capacity legislation. Whilst we also call for capacity legislation to be brought in, we do not accept the lack of same being used as an excuse for not ratifying. New capacity legislation is not a pre-requisite to ratifying the Convention - furthermore the Government's assertion that Ireland does not ratify international treaties until all matters have been put in place is wrong; there is no coherent approach to this State's ratification of international treaties. At the very least Ireland has a moral obligation to ratify this important human rights instrument.
NO MORE EXCUSES! We have been strung along for almost 5 years, its time to act! The Convention is all about reaffirming the right of people with disabilities to be treated as equals in society. For the first time Independent Living would be enshrined in Irish law - Article 19 says
"States Parties to the present Convention recognize the equal right of all persons with disabilities to live in the community, with choices equal to others, and shall take effective and appropriate measures to facilitate full enjoyment by persons with disabilities of this right and their full inclusion and participation in the community, including by ensuring that:(a) Persons with disabilities have the opportunity to choose their place of residence and where and with whom they live on an equal basis with others and are not obliged to live in a particular living arrangement; (b) Persons with disabilities have access to a range of in-home, residential and other community support services, including personal assistance necessary to support living and inclusion in the community, and to prevent isolation or segregation from the community; (c) Community services and facilities for the general population are available on an equal basis to persons with disabilities and are responsive to their needs."