The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and U.S. Ratification Issues

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During the 113th Congress, the Senate might consider providing its advice and consent to ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). CRPD, which has been ratified or acceded to by 129 countries, is a multilateral agreement that addresses the rights of disabled persons. Its purpose is to promote, protect, and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by persons with disabilities. Many U.S. policymakers, including President Obama and some Members of Congress, agree that existing U.S. laws and policies are compatible with CRPD. In fact, some CRPD provisions appear to be modeled after U.S. disability laws. The United States has historically recognized the rights of individuals with disabilities through various laws and policies, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. This book provides an overview on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, with a focus on its objectives, structure, and policy issues. (Imprint: Nova)

Preface

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Issues in the U.S. Ratification Debate
(Luisa Blanchfield, Cynthia Brougher, James V. DeBergh, CRS)

Testimony of Judith Heumann, Special Adviser for International Disability Rights, U.S. Department of State. Hearing on "Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities"

Statement of Eve Hill, Senior Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General For Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Justice. Hearing on "Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities"

Testimony of Dick Thornburgh, Former Attorney General of the United States. Hearing on "Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities"

Testimony of John L. Wodatch, Former Chief of the Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice. Hearing on "Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities"

Statement of Steven Groves, Bernard and Barbara Lomas Fellow, The Heritage Foundation. Hearing on "Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities"

Testimony of Michael Farris, Chancellor, Patrick Henry College. Hearing on "Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities"

Testimony of John Lancaster, Retired Executive Director, National Council On Independent Living. Hearing on "Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities"

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Statutory Language and Recent Issues
(Cynthia Brougher, James V. DeBergh, CRS)

Senate Consideration of Treaties
(Valerie Heitshusen, CRS)

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