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Senate Should Ratify U.N. Convention On Rights Of Persons With Disabilities

“Senator Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has revived … the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities,” a New York Times editorial states, noting the Senate last year “fell five votes short of ratifying [the] international treaty that would improve protections for the disabled.” The newspaper notes, “He has held two hearings and plans a committee vote perhaps next month,” and writes, “Unanimous approval leading to quick Senate ratification is warranted; 138 other countries have ratified the treaty.” The editorial continues, “The United States is the leader in promoting the rights of people with disabilities because of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. But projecting that globally has been hampered by the failure to ratify the U.N. convention in the four years since President Obama signed it.” However, “with a growing number of veterans groups and corporations backing the treaty, perhaps the Senate naysayers can be persuaded to do what’s right,” the editorial concludes (11/24).