Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


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The United States signed The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2009. On December 4, 2012 the United States Senate considered the ratification of the CRPD but fell 5 votes short of the super majority vote required. Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson voted in favor; Sen. Mike Johanns voted against the treaty.

The CRPD is before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee again. Sen. Nelson has retired from the Senate and is no longer representing our interests in Congress. That duty falls to Sen. Mike Johanns and Sen. Deb Fischer. They need to know where the disability community stands on this important treaty to protect the human rights of one billion people with disabilities around the world.

What is the “Disability Treaty?”
The Disability Treaty (known as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, “CRPD”) is an international treaty that was inspired by U.S. leadership in recognizing the rights of people with disabilities.

Why should the Senate vote for ratification?
The Senate needs to fight for the 57.8 million Americans with disabilities, 5.5 million disabled American veterans, and the 1 billion people with disabilities around the world and vote to ratify the CRPD.

Who supports ratification of the disability treaty?
Ratification of the CRPD is supported by hundreds of disability organizations, civil rights groups, faith organizations, veterans groups, and major business groups including the Chamber of Commerce.

What is the urgency?
In December, the treaty fell only 5 votes short of ratification and had strong bi-partisan support. Now, the Senate is getting an opportunity that doesn’t come along often in Washington—a second chance to do the right thing and ratify the CRPD.

Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns was one of the “NO” votes...can he change his position? Ask him why he opposes the treaty and tell him why you support it and why he should too.

Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer will have an opportunity to vote on the CRPD. Ask her if she supports the treaty and tell her why you support and why she should too.

Contact Information:

Sen. Mike Johanns
404 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4224

Sen. Deb Fischer
383 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6551

Tweet your Senators to tell them that you support the #DisabilitiesTreaty! Use the hashtag #ISupportCRPD!

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"Thank you" to everyone who took action and voiced their support for global human rights.

This is an educational video presentation on the Convention for the Rights of People with Disabilities.