Group takes issue to UN

An Otago ACC support group has sent a draft report to the United Nations over claimed non-compliance with a UN Convention on the rights of the disabled.

The support group, Acclaim Otago, last year received a $10,000 New Zealand Law Foundation Shadow Report Award to prepare the report.

The group aimed to present the report to the UN on New Zealand's compliance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), organisers said.

New Zealand ratified the convention in 2008.

Shadow reports enable domestic organisations to draw attention to issues New Zealand has excluded from its formal report to the UN on its compliance.

The shadow report focused on experiences of injured New Zealanders, particularly in areas to do with privacy, access to justice, integrity of the person and meaningful vocational rehabilitation.

Acclaim Otago spokeswoman Denise Powell said the draft report highlighted the effect of compliance problems in human terms.

The process of presenting the shadow report was ''on track'' and further work would be completed before July to ''enable us to proceed with the full shadow report'', as envisaged in the law foundation grant.

It was still intended that the draft report's main author, Warren Forster, and Dr Powell would travel to Geneva in September to present that report to the United Nations CRPD committee.

Shadow reports enable domestic organisations to draw attention to issues New Zealand has excluded from its formal report to the United Nations on its compliance.

Dr Powell said by raising New Zealand's ''lack of compliance'', Acclaim Otago aimed to reform the law and improve the experiences and outcomes for people with disabilities caused by injury.

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