Yesterday the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed to ratify the treaty. The White House expressed its dissatisfaction saying, in part, “We are disappointed that the overwhelming majority of Senate Republicans today blocked the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which would enshrine American standards that have been developed through decades of bipartisan cooperation.”
The treaty is an international human rights instrument of the United Nations to protect individuals with disabilities. Parties are bound Under the Convention to ensure that disabled people enjoy the same human rights as their counterparts without disabilities, and full equality under the law.
Proponents of the treaty claim it would have helped “individuals with disabilities around the world obtain the rights and protections we have here in the United States. The ratification of this treaty would have unified us with millions of disability advocates, family members and self-advocates of all nations,” said Peter Burns, CEO of The Arc. He went on to say that The Arc will continue to fight for this legislation. Senator John Kerry and former Senator Bob Dole [...]
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