UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities falls short of Senate ratification

On Dec. 4, the United States Senate voted (61 yea–38 nay) against ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, coming five votes short of the two-thirds vote needed to ratify an international treaty. APA’s Public Interest Government Relations Office, in collaboration with a coalition of disability groups, engaged over recent months in an advocacy campaign on behalf of CRPD. These actions included a recent letter in support of ratification to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and action alerts asking members of APA’s Public Policy Advocacy Network to urge their senators to vote for CRPD. CRPD promotes, protects and ensures the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and promotes respect for their inherent dignity. APA will continue to advocate for the ratification of CRPD when the 113th Congress is seated in January 2013.