Quote: "...the Committee considers that there is reliable evidence that the threshold of grave or systematic violations of the rights of persons with disabilities has been met in the State party."
On 7th November 2016, a UN report concluded that Britain is indeed guilty of grave and systemic violations of the human rights of disabled people. Its final report concludes:
"...the Committee considers that there is reliable evidence that the threshold of grave or systematic violations of the rights of persons with disabilities has been met in the State party. That conclusion is based on the following findings"
That last point of this unprecedented report is perhaps the most disgusting one.
Despite the knowledge concerning the damage that its programme of welfare changes were causing, the UK government continues on its human rights abuses of disabled people. Seemingly without much obvious regret and certainly without any indication that the brakes on such abuses are going to be applied any time soon.
So, let's be clear about what the UN are actually saying in this report.
Britain's government believes that disabled people are far too dependent upon welfare benefits, and that this dependency is an actual 'disincentive' to finding employment. Therefore, in order to motivate disabled people back into work, the government is deliberately reducing access to state welfare and using 'sanctions' as a 'legitimate' tool for simply motivating people off their bums. DELIBERATE and INTENTIONAL acts, solely intended to shock disabled people back into work, even if those people are not fit or capable of sustaining such a job. A policy of sink or swim, and one based upon an ideological notion that Britain is suffering from a declining work ethic within its population.
But what is really shocking about this episode, is that in an modern society which is one of the top 10 richest economies of the world, its government is displaying attitudes towards disabled people that are not only biased and prejudiced, but based upon unfounded assumptions that the majority of disabled people are either exaggerating their disability or faking it completely. It's an assumption so historically deep-rooted from the inception of Britain's 'poor laws' in the early 1600's, that people needing financial assistance on the basis of disability have always faced a certain amount of political suspicion that their disabilities were faked. Suspicion that often legitimates increasingly harsh rules over charitable and state support.
So, what is the UN going to do about it now?
Well, nothing really, the UN has no power to enforce its multitude of recommendations. Perhaps one reason why the UK government seems completely determined to carry on with its deliberate and intentional violation of the human rights of disabled people - in spite of the UN's intervention. For example, only last week did Damian Green, the Government's 'new' Work and Pensions Secretary, launch yet another consultation paper on disability and sickness benefits. Minister Green launched this new welfare review by happily announcing that work is better for people's health than "sitting at home living on benefits". So, not exactly an indication of a change of mind, heart or direction, and I'm under no doubt that disabled people will continue to be highly pressurised by this despotic regime into finding work or returning to work, long before they are capable in doing so. With some being pressured, even to the point of death.
So, what exactly, can we do?
First, let's be clear the UN have found that systemic human rights abuses have unprecedently been committed within a country that not only sets itself up as one of the world's greatest societies within the 'free' and 'democratic' world, but one that often argues that it occupies the moral high ground on almost every issue known to mankind. The world's policeman/woman. However, that image of morality has taken a massive hit now, and will continue to so until disabled people are free from this state inspired 'witch-hunt', and one that views all disabled people as layabouts, spongers and scroungers.
Secondly, with the UN practically powerless to halt the UK's debauchery and head-long, continuous march into fascism, the only way the UK will halt its human rights abuses is arguably when other countries pressurise them to do so. With Britain and its government still reeling over 'Brexit', concerns over trade deals may be the perfect opportunity to formally or informally put pressure upon the UK to cease its violation of disabled people's human rights. Let's hope that countries in such a position to do so, have enough morality about them, in order to put a little 'heat' upon the UK on this matter. Without that pressure, it is highly unlikely that the UK will backtrack on human rights abuses that it normally wastes no time in castigating other nations for -- when it suits.
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