Date lodged: 28 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to incorporating the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into Scottish law.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 14 March 2017
We are committed to ensuring that Scotland delivers on its obligations to disabled people under the UNCRPD and other human rights treaties. A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People – our Delivery Plan for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) - published in December 2016 sets out both ambitions and actions aimed at transforming the lives of disabled people in Scotland. The Plan was produced with the active engagement of disabled people and the organisations that represent them and they will continue to be engaged in its delivery and challenging its effectiveness.
The Scottish Government is committed to working in partnership with Scottish civic society to explore the benefits of further incorporating internationally-recognised human rights into the law of Scotland. That commitment applies to the UNCRPD as well as to other human rights treaties. We are determined to build on established good practice and to put human rights at the heart of both policy-making and delivery. We will continue to pursue the vision we share with civic society of a Scotland where disabled people can live with human dignity and enjoy their human rights in full.
Scotland’s record in realising the rights of disabled people will be examined, alongside overall UK performance, by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in August.