Key Tenets of the Convention for Rights of People with Disability
Key Tenets of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights recognised by Sunshine Coast Citizen Advocacy include:
- All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
- Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
- No one shall be held in slavery or servitude.
- No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
- Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law.
- No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon honour and reputation.
- Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence.
- Men and women of full age have the right to marry and to found a family.
- The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
- Everyone has the right to own property.
- Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
- Everyone has the right of equal access to public service.
- Everyone has the right to social security and is entitled to realization of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for dignity and the free development of personality.
- Everyone has the right to work and the right to equal pay for equal work.
- Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and wellbeing of self and of family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services.
- Everyone has the right to education.
- Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
- Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
- Everyone has duties to the community.
Human rights, as outlined in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, include the rights to physical integrity, mental and moral integrity, civil rights and legal integrity, socio-economic rights, and the right to a family.
- Sunshine Coast Citizen Advocacy believes that people with disability have the same legal and civil rights as other people in the community and that advocacy has an important role in safeguarding people with disability against abuse.
- Abuse and/or harassment of a person/ people with disability will not be tolerated. Staff, volunteers or Committee Members who engage in such activity will be liable to dismissal from employment.
- Sunshine Coast Citizen Advocacy will endeavour to ensure that all involved with the citizen advocacy program possess a full understanding of the legal and civil rights of people with disability.
- Sunshine Coast Citizen Advocacy will seek potential staff, citizen advocates and Committee Members who are committed to defending the legal and human rights of people with disability.
- Sunshine Coast Citizen Advocacy will provide adequate training for staff, citizen advocates and Committee Members in reporting and supporting protégés in relation to abuse.
- Sunshine Coast Citizen Advocacy will ensure that all staff recruited and potential citizen advocates are screened as a safeguard to minimise the risk of exposing people with disability to abuse.
- Sunshine Coast Citizen Advocacy will source and make available relevant information and resources which can assist in dealing with issues relating to abuse.
- Sunshine Coast Citizen Advocacy has a commitment to upholding the legal and human rights of people with disability.
Sunshine Coast Citizen Advocacy will:
- provide information to protégés (and their families and carers, as appropriate) about their right to live free from abuse and their entitlement to independent advocacy and support if their human rights are infringed.
- ensure that the legal and human rights of people with disability involved with the program are upheld, both in the context of the advocacy undertaken and in the community in general.
Outreach to people with disability
Sunshine Coast Citizen Advocacy, consistent with our purpose and contractual obligation, will:
- seek out people with disability who would not otherwise have come to the attention of the program, or may have a limited ability to access the program.
- seek out people with disability who may have been subject to abuse or neglect.
Sunshine Coast Citizen Advocacy will seek these clients through outreach programs.
Disability Services Queensland, the website provides a glossary of key terms related to abuse and neglect [http://www.disability.qld.gov.au/publications/abuse-policy/glossary-booklet.html]
Queensland Advocacy Incorporated, Human Rights Indicators Project, see the website for the full text of the Easy English booklet on Human Rights ‘Everyone has human rights Understand Yours!’ [http://www.qai.org.au/content/humanrights.cfm]