U.S. Signs Up to Protect Universal Disability Rights

The United States signed on to the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities last week, joining 141 other countries in efforts to set international standards of rights protections for the estimated 650 million disabled people worldwide. The Convention obliges signatories to prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities and actively support their full participation in society. It was adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in 2006 and came into force in May 2008. U.S. policymakers have long had reservations about international treaties related to human rights, signing and ratifying only 3 out of 26 currently in force — […]

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