CRPD concluding observations 2017, paragraph 7

UN recommendation

Plain English recommendation

Government should: (a) Put disabled people’s rights into practice across the UK, and make the CRPD part of UK (and devolved) law. Ensure people can take legal action if they feel their rights have been breached. (b) Work to extend and implement the treaty in overseas territories. (c) Make disabled people’s rights and the concept of disability  part of UK law, in line with CRPD article 1. Ensure UK laws are based on the human rights model of disability. (d) Review laws and policies to meet CRPD article 1. Ensure disabled people are legally protected from discrimination. Involve disabled people’s organisations and the UK’s national human rights institutions in this process. (e) Develop and fund a measurable action plan to tackle discriminatory laws and practices to tackle discrimination against disabled people. Ensure equal protection for disabled people. (f) Prevent disabled people suffering any negative impacts of Brexit. Fully consult with disabled people’s organisations.

Original UN recommendation

The Committee recommends that the State party: (a) Incorporate the Convention into its legislation, recognizing access to domestic remedies for breaches of the Convention, and adopt an appropriate and comprehensive response to the obligations enshrined in the Convention in its policies and programmes across the State party, including all devolved governments; (b) Strengthen its efforts to extend the Convention and support its implementation in the Overseas Territories; (c) Adopt legally binding instruments to implement the concept of disability, in line with article 1 of the Convention, and ensure that new and existing legislation incorporates the human rights model of disability across all policy areas and all levels and regions of all devolved governments and jurisdictions and/or territories under its control; (d) Undertake a comprehensive cross-cutting review of its legislation and policies to bring them into line with article 1 of the Convention, and ensure that the legal framework protects persons with disabilities against discrimination on the grounds of disability. The State party should involve organizations of persons with disabilities and national human rights institutions in this process; (e) Expedite the process to develop a measurable strategic framework and plan of action, with sufficient financial resources, aimed at abolishing laws, regulations, customs and practices that constitute discrimination against persons with disabilities and ensuring the equal protection of persons with disabilities; (f) Prevent any negative consequences for persons with disabilities resulting from the decision to trigger article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, in close consultation with organizations of persons with disabilities.

Date of UN examination


UN article number

1 (purpose of the Convention), 2 (definitions), 3 (general principles), 4 (general obligations)

Last updated on 11/09/2019