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MPs accuse government of delaying and diluting antidiscrimination law for disabled people

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 06 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b10
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    The government is stalling on implementing antidiscrimination legislation that would help disabled people, a report from MPs and peers says.

    Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights has published a report that heavily criticises the government’s delays in ratifying the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

    The convention was agreed in 2006 and came into force in May of last year as an agreement to build on existing international human rights instruments, guaranteeing equal treatment for disabled people in education, employment, and all areas of life.

    The United Kingdom was closely involved in negotiating and agreeing the convention and …

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