Why the U.S. won’t sign an international treaty for the disabled

Here are some hints as to why the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities did not get ratified by the U.S. Senate:

It’s not because we would need to pass more laws for better regulation to adhere to what the Convention demands.

It’s not because it requires decentralization or states to compromise their power.

No. The reason why all but 8 Republicans withheld their support from the Convention when it came up for ratification in the U.S. Senate is because opponents have an immovable disdain for multilateral agreements with international organizations, none more outstanding than the resentment towards the U.N. It couldn’t be any easier to execute the requirements of the Convention, since, as of 1990, we’ve made the same requirements, ourselves. Apparently Senators have found it more necessary to tout the supposed evils of the U.N. than to take advantage of the U.S.’ political clout and influence as a superpower to endorse an unmistakably noble cause.

Internationalcomparisons.org is proud to raise awareness to this embarrassment by adding the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to our International Treaties page, where many people might be surprised to find how many international agreements welcome the Rights of the Disabled to neglect from U.S. policy.

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