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    For some reason, my twitter and facebook timeline is riddled with reposts and links to this page (and the top image in particular).

    http://www.thecanary.co/2015/10/15/a...ts-violations/

    Except, I remember this from 2014: Oh yes, here it is the authoritative Daily Mail, Aug 2014:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-disabled.html

    Where else can I find it? Guardian? BBC News? Nope. Al Jazeera:
    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/fea...100921075.html

    That's right, the official mouthpiece for Qatar, a place with a list of human rights violations so large it has it's own two wikipedia pages just for that.

    And even that page links to nothing official.

    Of course! The UN site itself would be the place to look.
    http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRP...CRPDIndex.aspx

    I search, I searched, and I searched again.

    Hmmm, I wonder why I can't find anything official about this?

    Can anyone help?
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    Hopefully because the UN has better things to do than hassle one of its biggest contributors
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    (Original post by digitaltoast)
    For some reason, my twitter and facebook timeline is riddled with reposts and links to this page (and the top image in particular).

    http://www.thecanary.co/2015/10/15/a...ts-violations/

    Except, I remember this from 2014: Oh yes, here it is the authoritative Daily Mail, Aug 2014:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-disabled.html

    Where else can I find it? Guardian? BBC News? Nope. Al Jazeera:
    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/fea...100921075.html

    That's right, the official mouthpiece for Qatar, a place with a list of human rights violations so large it has it's own two wikipedia pages just for that.

    And even that page links to nothing official.

    Of course! The UN site itself would be the place to look.
    http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRP...CRPDIndex.aspx

    I search, I searched, and I searched again.

    Hmmm, I wonder why I can't find anything official about this?

    Can anyone help?
    Some times, quite often actually, news stories that are b*ll*cks are published.
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    If you dig down into it, most states are not party to the optional protocol to the CRPD, but that's just a (suggested) mechanism.

    In reality, UN bodies monitor compliance with human rights and disabled rights constantly as part of their work. If you look at the pending cases and jurisprudence sections of the UN CRPD website there, you can see they regularly make decisions on a whole range of countries in terms of compliance.

    The whole framing of this is bonkers. The UK has one of the most progressive records in the world in terms of disabled rights, and it is something we should take pride in.
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    From what I understand, this is the UN Council of Human Rights, which is a committee in the UN that nobody cares about because it's made up largely of countries who don't even care about human rights as they barely have any themselves. It is currently chaired by Saudi Arabia lol.

    The main aim of this group is to give as many motions as possible against Israel so that people might forget how abysmal countries like Qatar are. Thats why nobody cares when they say anything and that's why Al Jazeera and nobody else is reporting this.

    People see the fact that it's officially to do with the UN but really nobody with a brain cares about what countries like Saudi, Qatar and other Muslim states who are rife with human rights abuses have to say about other (better) countries' human rights
 
 
 
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