Australia ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2008, thereby committing to abide by the obligations set out in the treaty. Importantly this international treaty  identifies the rights of persons with disability as well as the obligations of governments to ‘promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all people with disabilities and to promote respect for their inherent dignity’.

PWDA’s report, Accommodating Violence, and the evidence provided in this document, Setting the record straight clearly demonstrates that there are significant human rights breaches within licensed boarding houses.  In particular, our evidence demonstrates that there are breaches in relation to the following Articles of the CRPD:

  • Article 6, Women with disabilities;
  • Article 10, Right to Life; 
  • Article 15, Freedom from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment;
  • Article 16, Freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse; 
  • Article 19, Living independently and being included in the community; 
  • Article 21, Freedom of expression and opinion and access to information; 
  • Article 22, Respect for privacy; 
  • Article 26, Habilitation and rehabilitation;
  • Article 28, Adequate standard of living and social protection