Last week, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) called on his colleagues in the Senate to vote on the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) treaty. Senator Harkin called for a unanimous consent vote that was opposed on the floor, preventing the vote from taking place.
The Arc has been working with numerous other disability advocacy groups and Senators to garner support for the ratification of this treaty, which will promote, protect, and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities. For years, The Arc’s Public Policy team and grassroots advocates across the country have been working to promote the CRPD and ensure ratification. The United States signed the CRPD on July 30, 2009, joining the 141 other signing nations. As of June 2012, the Convention had 113 ratifications and 153 signatures. On May 17, 2012, following almost three years of thorough review, the Obama Administration submitted its treaty package to the U.S. Senate for its advice and consent for ratification.