The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Promoting, protecting, and ensuring human rights for ALL people with disabilities

Entered into force in 2008, the UN Convention of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD) is a treaty designed to promote, protect, and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities as well as promote universal recognition and respect for their inherent dignity.  The CPRD serves as a progressive human rights and policy instrument across all disabilities and marks a paradigm shift in attitudes and approaches to persons with disabilities while not specifically defining “disability.”

The Convention builds upon and works in synergy with previous international texts related to persons with disabilities, and other countries’ civil and disability rights laws including those of the United States.  There are eight guiding principles that underlie the Convention and each of its specific articles:

  • Respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make one’s own choices, and independence of persons
  • Non-discrimination
  • Full and effective participation and inclusion in society
  • Respect for difference and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity
  • Equality of opportunity
  • Accessibility
  • Equality between men and women
  • Respect for the evolving capacities of children with disabilities and respect for the right of children with disabilities to preserve their identities

One-hundred and fifteen countries have ratified the Convention.  As the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) approaches, the CRPD, a universal treaty on rights of persons with disabilities, has yet to be ratified by the United States.  In May, the White House sent the treaty package to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee but hearings on the treaty must be held before it can be sent to the Senate and ratified.  No changes to current U.S. law are required to ratify the CRPD.  The U.S. International Council on Disabilities is asking that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee schedule hearings in time for the anniversary of the ADA.  Seven Senators have already signed on to support it.

To learn more about the CPRD at http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?navid=15&pid=162 and what ratification means for the US at http://www.usicd.org/index.cfm/crpd-faq.

Ratify CRPD Yes! Inclusion, Dignity, Equality

The US International Council on Disabilities supports ratification.

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One Response to The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Promoting, protecting, and ensuring human rights for ALL people with disabilities

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