CRPD: High Costs to American Sovereignty with No Benefit

Last year, Heritage Action and a host of conservative groups were instrumental in defeating the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which would have failed to help disabled Americans at home or abroad and only served to empower international organizations.  Secretary of State John Kerry may cause the treaty to resurface as an issue, though.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) explained his opposition to the treaty on the Senate floor this week.  He stated that he cannot support the CRPD “the cost to American sovereignty and self government clearly outweighs any concrete benefit to Americans.”

Heritage’s Steven Groves has stated:

The Obama Administration concedes that U.S. ratification of the CRPD will not benefit any American with a disability living in the United States. This is because existing U.S. laws, regulations, and enforcement practices already protect the rights of persons with disabilities living here.

In a testimony before the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Groves stated:

On the domestic front, persons with disabilities in the United States would be better served by a continual review of the implementation of existing state and federal laws. The U.S. Congress, American civil society, and special interest groups are far better positioned to conduct such reviews than a committee of disability experts from Bangladesh, China, Qatar, and Tunisia, which are current members of the CRPD Committee.

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