MPs criticise UK government for backpedalling over UN disability treaty

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 22 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1628
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

    The UK government’s plan to opt out of several clauses in a United Nations treaty protecting the rights of disabled people has been condemned by a House of Commons committee.

    The Joint Committee on Human Rights accuses the government of adopting a “shopping list” approach to which parts of the treaty it wants to buy into and which it doesn’t.

    The committee’s chairman, the Labour MP Andrew Dismore, said the committee welcomed moves to ratify the treaty by 2009.

    “This will send a message to disabled people in the UK and around the world that the UK acknowledges that they are entitled to treatment without …

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