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Report recommends changes to realise disability rights, including addressing abuse

July 31, 2020 at 4:35 PM

From the NZFVC

The Independent Monitoring Mechanism (IMM) has published their third report on New Zealand's implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

The report, Making Disability Rights Real, Whakatūturu Ngā Tika Hauātanga (2020), calls for government action to ensure disabled people are able to participate equally in society. 

The introduction of the report states:

"Many disabled people are experiencing poverty, exclusion and lack of autonomy. Eliminating these huge disparities requires a quantum leap. We need to move from compensating for an inaccessible society — founded on notions of disability as a deficit — to recognising disabled people as equal rights holders, by actively working to create fully accessible communities. The IMM urges the Government to mandate a systemic approach to explicitly integrating the Disability Convention into domestic law, and to apply the appropriate resource in order to make this a reality. The recommendations in this report provide clear navigation to some critical starting points. We trust that they will serve as a springboard to accelerate meaningful advances for all disabled New Zealanders."

The report explores the experiences of disabled Māori and Pacific peoples, examines each of the 33 Articles of the Convention, summarises key themes for action and outlines priority recommendations.

Two of the Convention's articles relate to disabled people's experiences of family and sexual violence (including child abuse) and other forms of violence: Article 6 (Women with disabilities) and Article 16 (Freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse). In both areas, the report highlights issues and key recommendations.

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