CRPD: High Costs to American Sovereignty with No Benefit

Last year, Heritage Action and a host of conservative groups were instrumental in defeating the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which would have failed to help disabled Americans at home or abroad and only served to empower international organizations.  Secretary of State John Kerry may cause the treaty to resurface as an issue, though.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) explained his opposition to the treaty on the Senate floor this week.  He stated that he cannot support the CRPD “the cost to American sovereignty and self government clearly outweighs any concrete benefit to Americans.”

Heritage’s Steven Groves has stated:

The Obama Administration concedes that U.S. ratification of the CRPD will not benefit any American with a disability living in the United States. This is because existing U.S. laws, regulations, and enforcement practices already protect the rights of persons with disabilities living here.

In a testimony before the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Groves stated:

On the domestic front, persons with disabilities in the United States would be better served by a continual review of the implementation of existing state and federal laws. The U.S. Congress, American civil society, and special interest groups are far better positioned to conduct such reviews than a committee of disability experts from Bangladesh, China, Qatar, and Tunisia, which are current members of the CRPD Committee.

Please Share Your Thoughts
  • Jane Brooks

    Wrong! If the amendment John Barrasso purposed that added the word “consider” in strategic placement then it would not have helped people who have disabilities. But the way it was written it certainly would help students who have disabilities and have to depend on the IDEA law which I found out in due process court that they only have to “consider ” many rights of a free and appropriate education .

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  • not for sale

    so poorly argued! who could possibly believe this bogus statement that ratifying the CRPD would NOT help Americans with disabilities at home or abroad… Where is the support for this claim? pure speculation at best, blatant fear-mongering at worse. Anyone even mildly familiar with the issue of disability rights knows that currently there is nothing requiring the US to enforce the ADA, the main goals of which were to encourage equal opportunity in employment. This single, demonstrable proof stands as evidence: the unemployment rate for disabled Americans has not changed since the ADA. The CRPD – a major international human rights treaty – would fill this lacuna, providing the legal impetus for the enforcement of the ADA (which it perfectly compliments). You can hide behind other reasons but sooner or later you’ll have to face the truth: the recognition of human rights is a step that the US is not ready to take.

    • Jane Brooks

      If you read what I said , it was my belief that the amendment that Senator Barrasso presented which would have made the bill impotent it would not have helped the disabled .

      • not for sale

        (this was a response to the article Jane, not to your comment)

  • Jane Brooks

    I pray the CRPD passes. The rights my son should have in a IEP meeting which is supposed to be a individualized education program, are completely denied by the majority (school staff who can be fired for anything) as he and his parents are powerless as they watch him denied access to print because the IEP team was only required to “consider” giving him access.