PRESS RELEASE: DISABILITY GROUP EXPRESSES DISAPPOINTMENT AT UN CONVENTION DELAY

09 december 2016

Dóchas – The Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations

Friday 9th December 2016

DISABILITY GROUP EXPRESSES DISAPPOINTMENT AT UN CONVENTION DELAY

An alliance of organisations working in the area of disability and international development has expressed disappointment at the news that Ireland’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) is to be delayed until 2017.

The Dóchas Disability & International Development Working Group has called on the Irish Government for a clear timeline for ratification and implementation following the acknowledgement by Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities Finian McGrath TD, that his target to have the Convention ratified by the end of 2016 will not come to pass, citing blockages within the legislative process.

Dóchas CEO, Suzanne Keatinge said: “Ireland is the only remaining EU member state not to have ratified the Convention. We are naturally disappointed that the target has slipped, however the focus must now be on a clear commitment and timeline for both ratification and implementation in the best possible way.”

“We do have concerns that the legislation being prepared to enable ratification will not fully protect the human rights of people with disabilities as contained in the Convention. Therefore we urge the Government to ratify without reservations or declarations in particular around Article 12 and Article 14 of the Convention.”

ENDS

For further information, please contact Aideen Blackwood at comms@dochas.ie or 01-4053801.

Notes for the Editor:

  • Dóchas is the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations. It provides a forum for consultation and cooperation between its members, and a platform for them to speak with a single voice on development issues. For more information, visit: dochas.ie.

  • The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) was signed in convention in March 2007 without ratifying it. Due to Ireland’s dualist system, domestic legislative changes are required prior to ratification.

  • The Dóchas Disability & International Development Working Group was formed in 2006. The Group is made up of international and domestic NGOs, academia and individuals working in the disability sector. It promotes the rights and inclusion of people with disabilities in developing countries by raising awareness, sharing expertise and promoting action on disability issues, including lobbying for change.