On Monday, Inclusion Ireland addressed the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva on the rights of people with an intellectual disability.
Jim Winters raised the concerns that Inclusion Ireland have around the enactment of the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Bill 2013 and that any law introduced in this area should be compatible with Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
The Lunacy Regulation Act 1841 is the current legal framework dealing with capacity and this is incompatible with the CRPD.
The Department of Justice published the Assisted Decision Making Bill in July 2013 but it has not been enacted one year on. Furthermore, the new law, as it is currently drafted, will not change other laws dealing with legal capacity, including sexual relationships or the law relating to persons detained under the Mental Act 2001. The UN has previously questioned the compatibility of Ireland’s Mental Act with international human rights standards.
Inclusion Ireland also raised the issue of hate motivated crimes against persons with disabilities and the law governing sexual offenses in Ireland.
For further information contact: Sarah Lennon, Inclusion Ireland; 01-8559891
Jim's presentation can be read here