Target: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
Goal: Demand ratification of the Disability Rights Treaty
It is unfortunate and shameful when the United States falls behind the majority of nations in the world in such a fundamental area as the rights of the disabled. Last year, the U.S. Senate rejected a proposal to ratify the Disability Rights Treaty, a bill that 133 nations have already signed into law. This treaty would improve the ability of disabled citizens of the United States to obtain medical care and education specific to their need. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid should do his part to make sure that, when the possibility arises, the Treaty can be ratified.
In many ways, the Disability Rights Treaty simply reaffirms rights guaranteed by the Americans With Disabilities Act. However, where the Americans with Disabilities Act has a number of clear loopholes that are very difficult to close (for example, the loophole that allows the Goodwill Organization to pay disabled workers below minimum wage for legitimate labor), the Disability Rights Treaty can be amended by an elected board of human rights experts. Furthermore, the United States’ adoption of the Treaty would provide gentle encouragement to those nations that have not yet adopted the treaty.
The Treaty’s terms are quite general, but contain many essential guidelines for the operation of an egalitarian nation. In particular, it clearly lays out provisions stating that the disabled should have complete sovereignty when it comes to their own medical care, and should never be forcibly medicated out of exceptionally unique circumstances.
We must not ignore the necessity of providing education, medical care, and suffrage to those individuals with disabilities. By ratifying The Disability Rights Treaty the United States will both guarantee these essential human rights to Americans with disabilities, and set a vital precedent for the rest of the world. The Senate should correct their earlier mistake and ratify the Treaty as soon as possible.
Dear Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid,
Last year, the Senate rejected the proposal that the United States ratify the Disability Rights Treaty, which has already been ratified by 133 other nations. The Treaty’s terms are quite general, but they do include the requirement that the disabled should have complete sovereignty when it comes to their own medical care, and should never be forcibly medicated out of exceptionally unique circumstances. In addition, the terms of the Treaty can be easily amended to close loopholes, unlike the current Americans with Disabilities Act.
It is utterly imperative that all Americans have the same rights under law. The Senate should ratify the Disability Rights Treaty immediately to guarantee this.
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