2014-02-25

COMMENTARY: US Senate should ratify disabilities treaty - The Washington Post

COMMENTARY: US Senate should ratify disabilities treaty



Nearly one billion people worldwide live with a disability but many do not enjoy the same rights,
freedoms, and opportunities as those without a disability.

In many countries people with disabilities are denied basic
rights to family life, education, or even a name. People with mental or
physical disabilities are often kept against their will in institutions
in deplorable conditions, chained to beds or confined to cages. Even in
countries where they are not forced into institutions, many people with
disabilities are effectively prisoners in their own homes because of
widespread physical inaccessibility. Throughout the world people with
disabilities face poverty because of severe employment discrimination.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,
known as the disabilities treaty, is designed to address these
injustices and inequities.

COMMENTARY: US Senate should ratify disabilities treaty - The Washington Post

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