Reconsideration of U.N. Convention On Rights Of Persons With Disabilities (CRPD)
Paralyzed Veterans of America joined with other disability organizations to urge the Senate to again take up the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The CRPD failed to receive ratification by 2/3 of the Senate in the last Congress. It will likely be addressed again in September 2013 after Congress’ summer break.
The CRPD is a human rights treaty that promotes the ideals of the Americans with Disabilities Act around the world, identifying the obligations of participating countries to ensure the rights of people with disabilities. To date, 156 nations have signed the treaty, including the United States, and 128 nations have ratified it. Ratification requires no change in U.S. law, and does not grant the U.N. any enforcement or implementation authority. It is not a self-executing treaty, i.e., there is no enforcement in the U.S. without Congressional authorization.
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