The Research Report ‘Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Shining a light on Social Transformation,’ was commissioned by the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability to describe the international human rights context in which the Royal Commission operates.

The Report investigated the early rights movement of people with disability from the 1960s and 1970s through to the present day, which “exposed the power relations inherent to the medical model of disability, and which is commonly referred to as ‘ableism.’”

The Report also found that Australia’s interpretation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was allowing human rights violations such as forced medical interventions and arbitrary and indefinite detention. This shows that Australia has not made enough progress in achieving rights for people with disability.

You can access the Report here.