Mary Keogh

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Austerity cuts must not destabilise progress made on Disability Rights

As International Disability Rights Day for 2011 fast approaches, there is no doubt that since its establishment in 1980’s, there has been significant progress made on disability rights. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Convention) most notably, creates a paradigm shift from viewing people with disabilities from a charitable perspective to(…)

Making Aid More Effective: Base it on People Power!

Human Rights in Ireland is delighted to welcome this guest post from Hans Zomer, Director of Dochas on the forthcoming Busan Meeting on Aid Effectiveness. Dochas  along with a number of other Irish NGOs will be attending the Busan meeting, if you would like to keep up todate with developments as they happen, you can(…)

Disability Groups sue the City of New York for Neglect during Disasters

Two leading US civil rights groups, Disability Rights Advocates and the Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled have filed a lawsuit claiming that the City of New York and Mayor Michael Bloomberg placed disabled people in life-threatening situations by failing to take their “unique needs” into consideration when planning for emergencies and disasters. The(…)

United Nations to host a series of meetings on the Disability Convention

Over the coming weeks, the United Nations will host a series of meetings focusing on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The fourth session of the Conference of State Parties (COSP) will be held at the United Nations Head Quarters in New York this week from September 7 – 9. The COSP(…)

Disability Rights and International Cooperation

On October 20th 2011, the Centre for Disability Law and Policy (NUI Galway) and CBM Ireland in conjunction with Dochas and partners from the disability sector will host a one-day conference. Ms Judith Heumann, Special Adviser to the US government on International Disability Rights, will deliver the keynote speech. Other distinguished speakers include former Australian(…)

The First World Report on Disability: A Summary of the Main Issues

The first World Report on Disability was released this summer. The report was produced through a partnership between the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank. A summary of the 300-page report is provided in this blog, highlighting the main issues and recommendations. The WHO/World Bank report presents a number of interesting findings on the(…)

Limited Resources must not become an obstacle for ratifying the Disability Convention

This week, the Committee on the Rights of People with Disabilities meets for its fifth session in Geneva, see here for further details. The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities plays a key role in developing commentary on the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD). See here for the members(…)

It is Time for an Inclusive Approach to Campaigning

The announcement of the election date February 25th 2011, brings a welcome opportunity for Irish citizens to have our say about the future of our country. Set against a backdrop of continuous economic and political instability, many hope this election will bring a new era in Irish politics. Today, signals the launch of the political(…)

EU ratification of Disability Treaty sends strong signal to member states

A number of recent actions at European regional level will contribute significantly to the promotion and protection of the rights of Europe’s 80 million disabled citizens. In late December 2010, the European Union ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). By doing so, the EU has become the first intergovernmental organization(…)

Why Disabled People and Their Families Fear The December Budget?

The financial crisis on a global and domestic scale is impacting on people with disabilities in many areas of life, most notably through reduced governments budgets translating into reduction of essential services. Posts featured earlier this year on Human Rights in Ireland, see here highlighted the impact of these government cuts thus far and the(…)

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