U.N. Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities is on its way
Posted on May 24th, 2012 by Jennifer
Over 3,000 Easter Seals advocates sent a message to President Obama asking him to send the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on to the Senate so that they could APPROVE the treaty. Your voices were heard! On Thursday, May 18, the President transmitted the Convention to the U.S. Senate.
The U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities affirms that all people with disabilities must have the same rights and dignity as their non-disabled peers. As you can imagine, the rights and independence of people with disabilities varies greatly by country throughout the world. In some countries people with disabilities face unimaginable barriers to dignity and independence. In others, there may still be progress to be made in specific areas addressed by the Convention.
One of the great things about the Convention (which uses many of the same principles as the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act) is that it would create a base level of rights protection for people with disabilities in all countries that approve it.
More than 100 countries across the globe have added their support of the Convention. The U.S. Senate must approve the Convention before September 2012 in order for the United States to participate in the oversight body of the Convention and influence its implementation. This will allow us to assure that the Convention lives up to its promise.
Thank you all for your on-going support of people with disabilities all over the world. Easter Seals’ Office of Public Affairs will continue to monitor the ratification process and we will be calling upon you to further weigh in as the Senate addresses the treaty. For now, though, let’s enjoy this victory!