Disabled groups take complaints to Geneva

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 April, 2012, 12:00am


A delegation representing Hong Kong's disabled people will next week tell the United Nations that the city is failing to live up to its international commitments on disability issues.

Five members of concern groups -- Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor, the Joint Council for People with Disabilities and self-advocacy-group Chosen Power -- will present a critical report on how the city has fared in implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ratified by Beijing in 2008.

The five, who are funding their trip to the UN offices in Geneva, Switzerland to present the report on behalf of 22 concern groups, want the government to consider the rights of disabled people not as social welfare but as a human right.

The Hong Kong government will submit its own 351-page report on how the convention has been implemented to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Kwok Hiu-chung, a Human Rights Monitor representative who will be visiting the UN office, said: 'The government's report does not mention the real issues facing the disabled. The government's report has a long list of their policies, but our report will be about how ineffective some of these policies have been.'

A Labour and Welfare Bureau spokeswoman said they would pay attention to the coalition's report, and seek to work closely with concern groups to better implement the convention.