Amnesty International condemns coalition for assault on disabled

At its AGM on April 14 2013, Amnesty International UK passed a resolution on the Human Rights of sick and disabled people in the UK.

At its AGM on April 14 2013, Amnesty International UK passed a resolution on the Human Rights of sick and disabled people in the UK.

The resolution read:

“This AGM calls for urgent action to halt the abrogation of the human rights of sick and disabled people by the ruling Coalition government and its associated corporate contractors.

Calls for Amnesty International UK to urgently work with grassroots human rights campaigns by and for sick and disabled people, carers and their families. And to set up a specialist Disability Human Rights network…..

To protect the human rights of people with disabilities, ill people and carers to halt this regressive and lethal assault on our rights.”

You can read the full resolution here.

This month saw the introduction of the notorious Bedroom Tax; it’s has been estimated that two thirds of the households hit by the tax contain disabled people. Atos Healthcare’s ‘fitness to work’ assessments of disabled people – a linchpin of the coalition’s welfare reforms – have also been slammed by charities and paralympians.

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50 Responses to “Amnesty International condemns coalition for assault on disabled”

  1. OldLb

    Direct result of you running up massive debts that can’t be paid.

    For example, 2.4 billion for the Olympics ends up as 11 bn and still climbing.

    5,300 bn of pensions debt hidden off the books.

    400 bn of PFI, hidden off the books.

    ….

  2. Harry Alffa

    You are either moronic or dishonest if you blame any government or party for the financial crisis.

    You are either moronic or dishonest if you declare there is no link between the financial crisis and the economic crisis.

    You are either moronic or dishonest if you declare there is no link between the increase in deficit and the economic crisis.

  3. Bill Eborn

    but more the result of the degree of exposure and dependence on an under-regulated financial sector that was incapable of behaving responsibly. PFI is a way of obtaining much needed investment in hospitals and schools in such a way that it does not conflict with borrowing restrictions that fail to distinguish between borrowing to cover current expenditure and investment, it’s not hidden off the books but it is an expensive way of doing it. Actually the UK’s deficit was amongst the lowest in the OECD prior to the crisis

  4. OldLb

    There is a link, but the financial mess is not the cause its a symptom.

    So if you believe what you say, you can put some numbers too it.

    1. The pensions debt. It’s 5,300 bn according to the ONS. Taxes are 550 bn a year, Spendng 700 bn.

    That cannot be paid. Tell us how with some numbers if you think I’m wrong.

    That’s the economic crisis in a nutshell. People not paying their debts. That took out the retail (not casino) banks.

    The government not paying its debts is going to screw and make destitute at least 30% of the UK, and more likely 70-80%. 30% only have enough money to last a month if not working. They won’t be able to retire because the state spent all their contributions.

    Both the past, the current and the future crisis are cause by people not paying their debts.

    The banking mess hasn’t cost the government anything. They have profitted from it to the tune of 250 bn.

    The pensions mess is going to cost the UK population trillions. Thousands of billions of pounds.

  5. B.Parker

    The government say I am fit for work , yet I have been housebound for the last 21 year, how stupid are thier rules

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