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UN Convention on Disabilities to become EU Law


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From B & W.


A ray of hope....


(Brussels) - The agreement by European Union member states to remove the last legal barrier to EU accession to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an important step forward


There are no more legal barriers to prevent the EU from going ahead. This will represent a major policy shift toward enforcing human rights obligations and putting disability on top of the human rights agenda."


"If the code of conduct between the EU and its member states is adopted in the coming months, the European Union will deposit the Convention at the United Nations during the Belgian Presidency," a step that will make the treaty binding law for the EU.



Rule 8.of the UN Convention states ..Income support should be maintained as long as the disabling conditions remain in a manner that does not discourage persons with disabilities from seeking employment. It should only be reduced or terminated when persons with disabilities achieve adequate and secure income.


States should ensure the provision of adequate income support to persons with disabilities who, owing to disability or disability-related factors, have temporarily lost or received a reduction in their income or have been denied employment opportunities. States should ensure that the provision of support takes into account the costs frequently incurred by persons with disabilities and their families as a result of the disability


The UK ratified this in June 2009

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