SDLP Councillor Stephanie Quigley has welcomed the unanimous support from Causeway Coast and Glens Council who passed a motion on Tuesday 19 February recognising the importance of protecting disabled people’s rights.
Cllr Stephanie Quigley said:
“For too long now, disabled people’s rights have been systematically eroded as a result of collective societal indifference and in some cases conscious cruelty. We cannot as Parties, Colleagues, Councillors, relatives and friends stand silent and accept the status quo any longer.”
“Persons with disabilities play a central role in our workplaces and wider communities. It is vitally important that we recognise and value the contribution they make to our society, and acknowledge the role we all have to ensure we are doing everything we can to uphold the rights of disabled peoples.
“There can be no excuse for systemic denial of rights for disabled people. Therefore, my party colleagues and I welcome councils review to ensure they are meeting all legal requirements to safeguard the full participation of persons with disabilities in our society is met.
“Disabled people’s rights are Human Rights” she added.
The motion recognises “the valuable contribution that those living with disabilities make to our society and will undertake to prepare a review on how the council meets local obligations within the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.”