Media Event: Why the US Should Ratify International Disability Rights Treaty

Posted on 5 March 2008. Filed under: Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ( | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The new international disability rights treaty, called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), should matter to all Deaf people around the world. Why? Because countries that sign, ratify, then implement the CRPD will be legally binding themselves to pass a wide range of laws that protect the human rights of all people with disabilities–and Deaf, deaf, and hard of hearing people too. It also legally obliges them to abolish laws that violate the human rights of deaf and disabled people.

So far, 18 countries have ratified the CRPD, and 125 countries have signed it. (No, signing and ratifying an international treaty are not the same thing. Signing a treaty is a way of promising that you will at least try not to do anything that would actively violate the treaty. And it is also a clear sign of interest in ratifying the treaty in the future. And while I’m at it: no, Convention doesn’t always mean “meeting”! In an international context it also means “agreement” or treaty.)

The United States is not yet among any of the countries signing the CRPD. Several organizations within the United States is working to change that. As one part of that effort will be a media event at American University, to which all national media is invited. See below for more information:

JOIN US IN BUILDING SUPPORT FOR UNITED STATES RATIFICATION OF THE
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD)

March 31, 2008 12 noon – 5:30pm

American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC
Room 603

12:00 Lunch and Panel Discussion: International & US Implications of the CRPD

1:30 Keynote Presentation: The Honorable Tony Coelho

2:00-5:30
Working Session to develop an action plan to build US support and ratification of the CRPD
Moderated by: Bobby Silverstein & Jeff Rosen

5:30 – 6:30pm Reception

LIVE WEBCAST AT WWW.WCL.CENTERFORHR.ORG

Action Plan to be posted at
WWW.MDRI.ORG
By April 30, 2008

Conveners:
American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law
Mental Disability Rights International

Co-Sponsors:
American Association of Persons with Disabilities
National Organization on Disability
Ratify Now
US International Council on Disability (USICD)

Lunch is free of charge – vegetarian options available
PARTICIPATION IS OPEN AS LONG AS SPACE IS AVAILABLE – RSVP TO:
http://www.wcl.american.edu/secle
Please indicate accommodations needed by March 21, 2008.

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