Being part of Scotland’s story under the Disability Convention

About the UN Convention for the Rights of Disabled People (UN CRPD)

The rights of all people who have an impairment, illness, injury or health condition and who face barriers to being included in society are recognised by the UN Disability Convention. This means the Convention is for and about the human rights of people with mental health conditions, people with learning disabilities, deaf people, people with sensory impairments, people with physical impairments, people with autism, people with epilepsy and people who are HIV positive.

The UK Government, in partnership with the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is responsible for making sure the Convention is implemented and that disabled people are involved in monitoring progress towards full implementation.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Scottish Human Rights Commission have been designated as independent bodies to promote, protect and monitor the implementation of the UN Disability Convention (the Convention) in Scotland.

Find out more about the Convention including our guide to the Convention for disabled people and disabled people's organisations.


Working with the Scottish Human Rights Commission

All the work we do on the Convention in Scotland is done jointly with the Scottish Human Rights Commission. Together we promote and raise awareness of the Convention and gather evidence about how the Convention is being implemented; at all times working with and involving disabled people and Disabled People’s Organisations.

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Find out more about our recent and current work including seminars and publications, below.  This information is also available in easy read.

Easy read word version
Easy read PDF

UK Parliament Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) Inquiry into Independent Living

The Commissions submitted written and oral evidence to the UK Parliament Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry into Independent Living. This involved staff and Commissioners attending the evidence sessions in the Houses of Parliament and answering questions about human rights put to them from members of the House of Commons and House of Lords. We subsequently answered a series of follow up written questions raised by the JCHR.

Download submission to Joint Committee Inquiry on Independent Living


Last Updated: 10 Jul 2014