In August 2011, the Equality and Human Rights Commission published a briefing document on the activities it is carrying out across Britain to fulfil its role as one of the designated independent bodies which promote, protect and monitor the implementation of the Convention in the UK.
The United Nations Convention for the Rights of Disabled People (UNCRPD) is an international human rights agreement to protect and promote the human rights of disabled people throughout the world. The UK Government ratified the Convention in June 2009. This means that the UK Government (including the devolved Governments) must take concrete action to comply with the legal rights and obligations contained in the Convention.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission together with the Scottish Human Rights Commission, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland are the four designated independent bodies to promote, protect and monitor the implementation of the Convention in the UK. Collectively, the Commissions are the UK Independent Mechanism (UKIM) for the Convention.
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