Friday, September 21, 2012

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Denounces Blocking of Treaty to Protect People with Disabilities

Washington, D.C. – Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after Senate Republicans blocked ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD):

“Today’s blocking of the CRPD by Senate Republicans is contrary to our nation’s values and our role as a global leader in honoring the dignity of people with disabilities.

The CRPD seeks to ensure that countries across the globe provide people with disabilities the same rights as everyone else so that they may live full, satisfying, and productive lives.  The U.S. pioneered these basic principles under law and demonstrated that people with disabilities can be full participants in our democracy.  We must now lead once again by ratifying the treaty and encouraging all nations to join us in adopting disability-inclusive policies. 

We applaud Senator Durbin for bringing this treaty up for a vote and are dismayed that Senate Republicans have undermined what was once a strong, bipartisan consensus.

Read more of the Press Release - The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights HERE.

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