Just Say No to UN Disability Treaty

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 and is filed under Blog, Foreign Policy

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Do you want the United Nations and international bureaucrats to impose their social values on us under the guise of combating discrimination against the disabled?  If not, you might want to call your senators today and tell them to oppose any effort to sign onto the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

The Senate plans to hold an executive session today considering this international treaty, which will ostensibly have the power to overwrite all of our laws pertaining to persons with disabilities.  We already have a number of laws on the books dealing with the issue; there is no need for the U.N. to inject their dreams and aspirations on social engineering into our society, paving the way for lawsuits and special interest laws.

Here’s what the Heritage Foundation has to say about the CRPD:

To monitor implementation, human rights treaties usually establish a “committee of experts” to review reports from states parties on their compliance. States parties are required to submit periodic reports (usually every four years) to the committee detailing their compliance with the particular treaty.

The CRPD established the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD committee) to review periodic reports and make “such suggestions and general recommendations on the report as it may consider appropriate.”

Human rights treaty committees have been known to make demands that fall well outside the scope of the subject matter of the treaty and conflict with the legal, social, economic, and cultural traditions and norms of states. This has especially been the case with the U.S.

For instance, in February 2008, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination reviewed the U.S. record on racial discrimination and issued a report directing the U.S. to change its policies on a series of political causes that are completely divorced from the issues of race and racial discrimination. Specifically, the committee urged the U.S. to guarantee effective judicial review to the foreign unlawful enemy combatants held at Guantanamo Bay, prevent U.S. corporations from abusing the rights of indigenous populations living in other countries, place a moratorium on the death penalty, and restore voting rights to convicted felons.

Luckily, 36 senators have already committed to opposing all treaties during the lame duck session.  If all those senators hold by their commitment, Democrats will be denied the 67 votes they need to ratify the treaty.  Please call them today and tell them to stand up for American sovereignty and stop using the disabled to advance an international social engineering agenda.