In 2013, the States of Guernsey committed to introducing Disability Discrimination Legislation in line with the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities [CRPD].
That project is being overseen by the Committee for Employment and Social Security, who have proposed the introduction of Discrimination Legislation on multiple grounds, including disability.
The principle of non-discrimination is at the heart of all human rights. The United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities [CRPD] requires that governments introduce legislation to prevent discrimination. Governments are also required to review existing policy and legislation, with the goal of eliminating all forms of discrimination experienced by disabled people.
The GDA continues to play a key role in the development and review of such legislation. Our involvement and research is helping to ensure that mistakes experienced elsewhere are avoided and that Guernsey’s legislation will be both fair and effective.
Guernsey is currently developing multi-ground discrimination legislation. It will have affect in the fields of employment, education and access to goods and services.
It is hoped that the Policy Letter, being developed by the Committee for Employment and Social Security, will be completed and laid before the States of Guernsey in April 2020.