The Irish Government must honour its promise to people with disabilities by ratifying the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on People with Disabilities
Why is this important?
After an 11-year delay, the Government recently took the final steps towards ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.
However, it turns out that the government has for now abandoned its pledge to at the same time ratify a key protocol that goes along with the Convention.
The protocol gives people with disabilities a real chance to achieve their rights in cases where the government is failing them. The protocol allows groups or individuals to make complaints to the UN to ensure the government does what it says it will do.
This government has effectively turned its back on 640,000 people with disabilities in this State by failing to ratify this protocol.