Sen. Menendez Announces Hearing for UN Treaty

After a call for ratification by President Obama and the disability community, the Senate likely will again consider the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced two hearings on CRPD — the first of which will be held on Nov. 5, 2013. The UN treaty promotes, protects and ensures the full and equal enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and it promotes respect for their inherent dignity. APA continues to work with coalition partners to encourage to Senate to ratify CRPD before the end of the 113th Congress.

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