10th December 2013 will mark 65 years since the United Nations General Assembly's adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The day is known internationally as World Human Rights Day.
In the run up to 10th December, Aspire will be looking at seven specific articles in the Declaration. We will be highlighting the significance of the articles along with the shortfalls of progress and how we should be improving to ensure we are meeting the obligations that we have signed up to as a nation.
We’ll start off with Article 25 to warm you up and set the scene;
Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family including food, clothing, housing, and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
Nonetheless, this is the only Article which specifically mentions disability out of all 30 articles. What it enshrines is that in the event of adversity beyond someone’s control, people should be supported to the right security, food, clothing, medical care and necessary social services.
Recent evidence shows that this is becoming more and more difficult for disabled people in Britain today. More people are turning to food banks for help, benefit cuts mean that less well off people have less money for clothes and medical care and social services are becoming more restrictive as the NHS and local councils feel the pinch of budget cuts.
In the days ahead, we will be writing on specific Human Rights articles on dignity, discrimination, property, civic participation, social security and employment.
Stay tuned to our website and social media channels over the coming days for more on World Human Rights.