The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in December 2006 is a landmark treaty by the United Nations and the global communities to include the disabled as an integral part of societies. Many nations have joined the treaty and the US participation is necessary. According to the latest statistics, there are approximately 1 in 10 or 700 million people with disabilities in the world. Ratification of the treaty is critical and urgent for continuing progress on civil rights, human rights, dignity, and well being in this nation as well as for bolstering global efforts.
In order to strengthen this treaty, an optional protocol was introduced by UN:
“The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a side-agreement to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It was adopted on 13 December 2006, and entered into force at the same time as its parent Convention on 3 May 2008. As of July 2011, it has 90 signatories and 62 parties.
The Optional Protocol establishes an individual complaints mechanism for the Convention similar to those of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Parties agree to recognise the competence of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to consider complaints from individuals or groups who claim their rights under the Convention have been violated. The Committee can request information from and make recommendations to a party.
In addition, parties may permit the Committee to investigate, report on and make recommendations on "grave or systematic violations" of the Convention. Parties may opt out of this obligation on signature or ratification“ … exerted from Wikipedia.
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There are many sources that could cause disabilities or handicapped such as wars, pollution, toxics, malnutrition, diseases, abuses, and violence besides biological and genetic. Also, societies as a whole, benefit greatly from the disabled directly or indirectly through such as sciences, technologies, economic or financial opportunities, arts, literature, philosophy, altruism, witness sufferings, purposes of life, and inspirations. Therefore, disabilities as a whole, is a social and humanity issues, and thus, must be solved collectively. In addition, ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities would strengthen and advance the US Constitution, US leadership, this nation values, the common goods, and humanity goodness and virtues. By joining and being active in the treaty, the US would participate in and promote a stronger and more robust dialogue, alliance, and program between governments, civil society and human rights experts on potentially the most effective means to achieve the well being for disabled persons.
This nation has made positive and constructive efforts in providing care and support for disabled persons and advancing their rights not only nationally but also globally. However, much more need to be done to make societies a better place for all. And as a member of the UN Security Council and UN Human Rights Council, the US must do all it can to protect, defend, and advance the UN as well as this nation ideals, principles, values, common goods, and mission. We hereby, strongly urge and encourage the Congress and Senate to enact legislation to ratify, implement and enforce UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and UN Optional Protocol Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to strengthen and advance the greater and common goods and the essence of humanity.
We thank you for your caring, support, empathy, efforts, and leadership on advancing the common good and well being of the global community.