Ireland: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities still not ratified

30 March 2017

Today marks 10 years since Ireland signed the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). However, Ireland remains the only Member State of the European Union (EU) that has not yet ratified the CRPD meaning that the CRPD has not yet entered into force in Ireland. All other 27 EU Member States, as well as the EU itself as a regional organisation, have ratified the CRPD and have been working on its implementation.

The CRPD is an international human rights treaty that reaffirms that all persons with disabilities must enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms. It clarifies that persons with disabilities have the right to participate in civil, political, economic, social and cultural life in the community like anyone else. It also clearly stipulates what public and private authorities must do to ensure and promote the full enjoyment of these rights.

The European Disability Forum (EDF) was surprised to learn that ratification did not take place by end of 2016, given that the Irish Government had earlier that year made repeated commitments for ratification by end 2016.

For this, together with our Irish members, the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI), we sent a letter to Ireland’s Prime Minister, to raise our concerns on this issue. In our letter we are asking the Irish government for further information concerning the planned process and timeline for the ratification of the CRPD, as well as the planning and resourcing for post ratification implementation.

We call on the Irish government to ratify the CRPD without further delay and to implement its principles and obligations to promote and protect the rights of its citizens with disabilities.

Today, DFI is also organising a demonstration outside the Irish Parliament to call for the urgent ratification of the CRPD.

Follow all the updates on DFI Twitter page: @DisabilityFed using the hashtag: #ratifycrpd

Read the full letter here

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