Disability rights on the agenda at conference in Dublin


Image: Protesters calling on the Irish government to ratify international treaty on disabilities rights

By VIEW editor Brian Pelan

An international conference on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) is taking place in Dublin tomorrow

The event is at the Croke Park Conference Centre from 10.30am to 5pm

Several leading disability rights groups in Northern Ireland and the Republic are sponsoring the conference which will look at how to best use an international treaty to strengthen the rights of people with disabilities.

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has been ratified by 172 countries, including the UK, and by the European Union, but not by the Republic.

Senator John Dolan, chief executive of the Disability Federation of Ireland,  who has called on the Irish government to ratify the UNCRPD, said in a recent interview. “The disability community has had its fill of promises; we have reached the quota. We need our politicians to replace the custom and practice of promises with the practice of action.”

The conference will bring together disability groups, activists, academics, state bodies, policy makers and others seeking to learn and explore the possibilities offered by this important rights mechanism.

The event has been organised by the Centre for Disability Law & Policy NUIG, Center for Independent Living in Ireland, Disability Action NI, Disability Federation of Ireland, Inclusion Ireland, the Irish Disabilities Studies Association, Queen’s University Belfast Disability Research Network and the Social Change Initiative.







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