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Vox Political reader Tony Dean writes, “I would love to know how the DWP are going to explain this”:

UK ‘is first country to face UN inquiry into disability rights violations’

By John Pring

The UK government appears to have become the first country to face a high-level inquiry by a United Nations committee, as a result of “grave or systemic violations” of the rights of disabled people.

The committee has the power to launch an inquiry if it receives “reliable information” that such violations have been committed by a country signed up to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and its optional protocol.

These investigations are conducted “confidentially”, so the UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) – which is carrying out the inquiry – has refused to confirm or deny that the UK is being investigated.

But a recording has emerged [watch from one hour and four minutes] of a former CRPD member revealing that the inquiry has been launched.

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