UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) came into force on 8 July 2009.
As a signatory to the Convention, the State Party (UK) is required to report every four years on measures taken to meet its obligations. Along with other devolved administrations, the NI Executive contributes to the UK Government’s reports with material received from all devolved administrations and GB Departments being combined into a composite UK report.
The UN last examined how well the UK is implementing the treaty and published Concluding observations in October 2017 – this was the UK’s first periodic review since ratification in 2009.
The report sets out the measures that are being taken to implement the Convention and the progress made in protecting and delivering the rights contained within the Convention articles.
It also reports on key legislative and policy work that delivers outcomes for disabled people and which deliver the rights contained in the Convention's articles.
The next periodic review is due in 2023.
Further information on UNCRPD can be found on the United Nations website.
Disability Discrimination Legislation
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995 provides legislative protections for disabled people.
The Act has been significantly extended by subsequent pieces of legislation, including:
- the Disability Discrimination Order 2006
- the Disability Discrimination (Transport Vehicles) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009
- the Disability Discrimination (Questions and Replies) Order (Northern Ireland) 2007
- the Disability Discrimination (Service Providers and Public Authorities Carrying Out Functions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007
- the Disability Discrimination (Premises) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007
- the Disability Discrimination (Private Clubs, etc.) Regulations(Northern Ireland) 2008