Monday, May 11, 2009

Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Meeting

We wanted to publicise the five "common issues" that all of the NGOs here agreed upon to push the UK government to do more to fix. This includes all the organisations that traveled to Geneva to lobby the UN:

  • There's a lack of awareness of human rights generally and of economic and social rights in particular in the UK.
  • There's a lack of way to make sure people whose economic and social rights have been breached to make sure that their problems are fixed.
  • The UN Committee needs to remind the UK and devolved governments of their human rights responsibilities. Currently politicians seem to think the question of whether economic and social rights are implemented is a matter for them to decide.
  • The UK Government needs to agree a framework for the implementation of economic and social rights as recognised by the UN.
  • The UK Government needs to be held accountable for what is presented in the UN Committee's "Concluding Observations". This needs to be accessible to everyone.
These were developed with help and co-ordination from the Scottish Association for Mental Health.

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