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UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2020

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To mark the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3rd December, the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) invited key stakeholders to take part in a virtual roundtable, on incorporation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) into Scottish law.

At the event we heard inputs from the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, The Scottish Human Rights Commission, Pat Graham, Chair of PAMIS and Charlie McMillan, Chief Executive of SCLD.  We then presented SCLD’s statement on the need for direct incorporation of the UNCRPD in Scotland, and asked key partners to sign up to the statement, to ensure that the aspirations and needs of people with learning/intellectual disabilities are met, and that individuals are meaningfully involved in the process of incorporation.

Watch this video from two members of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Sir Robert Martin and Vice-Chair Rosemary Kayess, who both spoke in a personal capacity at the event.

An international human rights treaty, like the UNCRPD, is only as useful as its domestic implementation. So, it is really important that the CRPD is fully incorporated into the laws of Scotland, so that Scottish disabled people can fully benefit from it.”

Rosemary Kayess, Vice-Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Sign up to our statement calling for UNCRPD incorporation

We welcome any organisation which supports people with learning/intellectual disabilities and wishes to call on Scottish Government to directly incorporate the UNCRPD into Scottish law, to sign up to our statement:

For more information please contact SCLD’s Policy & Implementation Officer, Oonagh Brown. ​

For further information on the UNCRPD, please see some resources below: