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, the US participation is necessary. According to the latest statistics, including the world Bank, there are approximately 1 in 7 or 1 billion 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 and for bolstering efforts to support and advance democracy, liberty, civil rights, universal human rights, dignity, and well being worldwide.
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 include the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families an integral part of the Immigration Reform legislation to set good global examples; to support the UN in advancing the treaty to include all nations; and to transform societies and nations to build a better world and humanity. We thank you for your caring, support, empathy, efforts, and humility on this critical and urgent cause.