The story in The Canary (below) is bad. But it could, in fact, be much, much worse.

The allegation is that Disability Rights UK withheld links between ‘welfare’ reforms and the deaths of disabled people by failing to send letters by coroners to the DWP that linked the Work Capability Assessment to the deaths of people with mental health conditions.

Maybe that is true. Maybe DRUK didn’t send that information to the United Nations investigation into human rights abuses against people with disabilities.

But I did.

It was part of a very large amount of information I sent to the UN’s Jorge Araya on October 27, 2015 – only a few days before the investigation was due to be closed to submissions from the public.

Included in this were links to articles I had published on the subject.

So perhaps the operative question is: Did the United Nations fail to go through all the evidence that was submitted?

The issue of the 590 suicides is more difficult. The research that made this claim, by Oxford University and Liverpool University, was published on October 26 that year.

Was DRUK obliged to send this to the United Nations? Or should the researchers themselves have done it?

Considering the late date at which it was published, it seems likely that the omission was either a genuine mistake, or it was simply too late to be included in the evidence.

Comments are, as ever, invited.

A damning UN report on the UK government’s human rights abuses was missing crucial evidence about “barbaric” violations. The “mistake” could have critical implications for the report’s findings. And it exposes the utterly callous nature of the Conservative government.

But it’s now emerged that the UN had not even seen some of the most disturbing evidence available.

Now Disability News Service (DNS) reports that three groups including Disability Rights UK (DRUK) withheld information from the UN. Specifically, they failed to show it the links between welfare reforms and the deaths of disabled people.

DNS said they left out letters sent by coroners to the DWP. These linked the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) to the deaths of people with mental health conditions. And also missing were:

“A DWP freedom of information response which showed how ministers deliberately loosened regulations… [designed to] protect people with mental health conditions whose lives could be at risk if forced into work… and government-funded research… [showing] the WCA was linked to 590 suicides in just three years.”

Source: REVEALED: the true extent of Tory human rights abuses is even worse than we thought | The Canary

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