RE: Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Year: 
2014
Resolution Number: 
2014-02

RESOLUTION 2014-02
RE: Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

WHEREAS, the CRPD is the first international treaty to address disability rights and is based on the American values of equality and non-discrimination as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act; and

WHEREAS, the CRPD will export American Constitutional values around the world and improve access for Americans with disabilities, including veterans, students and business professionals who live, work, or travel abroad; and

WHEREAS, U.S. ratification of the CRPD costs nothing,, and will require no change to U.S. law. Over 800 American disability organizations, 20 veterans service organizations, and 41 faith organizations support the CRPD; and

WHEREAS, the CRPD has strong support among Senate Republicans including Senator John McCain; and

WHEREAS, Republican leaders and disability champions, including President George H.W. Bush and Senator Bob Dole, have conveyed their support for the disability treaty to the Senate as well; and

WHEREAS, ratification of the CRPD will not result in any change in U.S. law or provide international authority over U.S. law; and

WHEREAS, the treaty explicitly states that the treaty will not require any changes in any U.S. law or policy nor relinquish any authority whatsoever over U.S. law; and

WHEREAS, the treaty package includes a traditional declaration that it is non-self-executing, meaning that the treaty is not judicially enforceable and does not create a cause of action in courts in the United States; and

WHEREAS, the CRPD specifically provides protections ensuring that state and federal disability law and protections are fully preserved including laws providing the parental right to home school one’s child; and

WHEREAS, both Arizona Senators sit on the Senate Foreign Relations committee, and the committee has favorably recommended ratification of the CRPD. The CRPD was favorably recommended by Senator McCain but not by Senator Jeff Flake: NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona in Convention assembled this fourteenth day of September, 2014, in the City of Tempe, Arizona, that this organization commend Senator John McCain for his support for the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and his continued support for issues affecting persons with disabilities: and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED this that this organization call upon Senator Jeff Flake to support the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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