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Media Release 2 Dec 2016

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International Day of People with Disability

Celebrate, Reflect, Act

 

The 3 December each year is the United Nations International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD).  This IDPwD, Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) celebrates the achievements and contributions of people with disability, reflects on our gains in creating equity and inclusion, and continues to act to make our human rights a reality.

IDPwD 2016 coincides with the ten year anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and along with the recent UN adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it underpins this year’s IDPwD theme - “Achieving 17 goals for the Future We Want”.

“People with disability have been critical to the development of the CRPD and the SDGs, and we continue to focus on making our rights a reality in Australia to achieve the future we want,” said Therese Sands, Director DPO Australia. “People with disability fought for the development of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and shaped government measures to achieve an inclusive society through the National Disability Strategy (NDS).  We now need to ensure that we remain central to the implementation of the NDIS and NDS.”

“There remains much more to be done to address ongoing human rights violations that expose the reality of our lives.  Almost half of people with disability continue to live in poverty and are half as likely to be employed as people without disability.  People with disability still live in segregated, institutional environments, continue to experience high levels of violence and abuse, can be indefinitely detained in prisons without conviction, face discrimination in immigration policy, and still face significant barriers to inclusive education, our communities and services”, continued Ms Sands.  “DPO Australia will continue to take concerted and comprehensive action, and work with Australian governments to address these human rights violations”.

DPO Australia has set out its priorities for action in its Activity Work Plan 2016-2017

A call to action and 13 policy priorities for a commitment by political parties are set out in the 2016 Election Platform.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT

Therese Sands: 0412 935 128

 

 

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) is an alliance of four national Disabled People’s Organisations (organisations made up of and led by people with disability). DPO Australia was founded by, and is made up of the First Peoples Disability Network Australia (FPDNA) representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability, the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) representing culturally and linguistically diverse people with disability, People with Disability Australia (PWDA) a national cross-disability organisation and Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA), the national organisation representing women and girls with disability.

 

People with Disability Australia (PWDA)

First Peoples Disability Network Australia (FPDN)

National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA)

Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA)

 

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Media Release 31 Nov 2016

 

Call for action to end indefinite detention of people with disability

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) welcomes the report on the Indefinite Detention of People with Cognitive and Psychiatric Impairment, which was tabled yesterday by the Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs.

The report outlines 32 recommendations for concerted law reform and justice measures as well as the development of integrated policies and programs to prevent people with disability from being indefinitely detained in prisons and psychiatric facilities. 

The majority of people with a cognitive and psychiatric impairment who are subject to indefinite detention are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

Damian Griffis, CEO First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN) said: “The ongoing and indefinite imprisonment of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment is a serious abuse of human rights. We welcome the Senate inquiry report and commend the Senate for turning its attention to this issue. It is critical that swift action is taken in order to end the incarceration of people with disability and to provide appropriate support and services as an alternative to jail.”

Therese Sands, Director of DPO Australia said: “It is just unacceptable that indefinite detention is a reality for many people with disability.  The United Nations has made a number of recommendations to Australia to act to end indefinite detention, and Australia responded with a commitment to do so in November 2015, but so far little has been done.  The recommendations from this report must form the blueprint for coordinated action by all Australian governments to fulfil this commitment.”

DPO Australia also stressed the connection between the recommendations from this Inquiry and the recommendations from the Senate Inquiry into violence, abuse, and neglect of people with disability, which was handed down a year ago but has not been responded to by the Government.  DPO Australia looks forward to working with the Government on implementing robust, national reforms based on the recommendations from both Inquiries.

DPO Australia also calls for the Australian Government to urgently ratify and ensure domestic implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) and the establishment of an independent national preventive mechanism to monitor places of detention, including prisons, forensic facilities, juvenile justice detention centres, disability justice centres and mental health facilities.

Note to editors

The Indefinite detention of people with a cognitive and psychiatric impairment in Australia Senate report is available online:

http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/IndefiniteDetention45/Report

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia submission for this Senate Inquiry is available online:

http://dpoa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/ACDA_IndefiniteDetention_Submission_April2016.pdf

http://dpoa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/ACDA_IndefiniteDetention_Submission_April2016.docx

 

MEDIA CONTACT

Sara Irvine: 0402 982 002
Therese Sands: 0412 935 128

 

 Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) is an alliance of four national Disabled People’s Organisations (organisations made up of and led by people with disability). DPO Australia was founded by, and is made up of the First Peoples Disability Network Australia (FPDNA) representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability, the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) representing culturally and linguistically diverse people with disability, People with Disability Australia (PWDA) a national cross-disability organisation and Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA), the national organisation representing women and girls with disability.

People with Disability Australia (PWDA)

First Peoples Disability Network Australia (FPDN)

National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA)

Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA)