U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


Harry Reid (D-NV), United States Senator from ...

Harry Reid (D-NV), United States Senator from Nevada and Majority Leader of the United States Senate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has been making its way under the radar in Washington, D.C..  A Senate vote on ratification of the worldwide disability treaty has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 4.


Leading the way for the Obama administration is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), and an band of UN-supporting Democrat senators.  They have all expressed strong support for the widely criticized treaty, which claims the definition of disability is evolving.

Those opposed to the treaty cite the facts that the United States already has among the most comprehensive protections for handicapped citizens anywhere in the world, and the idea that Americans need direction from the UN on this issue is way out of line.

The treaty, purports to grant governments broad  powers to intrude on family life.  This intrusion is supposedly to ensure disabled children are being cared for according to the UN’s dictates.

Article 18 – Liberty of movement and nationality

1. States Parties shall recognize the rights of persons with disabilities to liberty of movement, to freedom to choose their residence and to a nationality, on an equal basis with others, including by ensuring that persons with disabilities:

a. Have the right to acquire and change a nationality and are not deprived of their nationality arbitrarily or on the basis of disability;

b. Are not deprived, on the basis of disability, of their ability to obtain, possess and utilize documentation of their nationality or other documentation of identification, or to utilize relevant processes such as immigration proceedings, that may be needed to facilitate exercise of the right to liberty of movement;

c. Are free to leave any country, including their own;

d. Are not deprived, arbitrarily or on the basis of disability, of the right to enter their own country.

2. Children with disabilities shall be registered immediately after birth and shall have the right from birth to a name, the right to acquire a nationality and, as far as possible, the right to know and be cared for by their parents.

For those of you in the know, the U.S. Constitution does not grant the federal government any such authorities.  Therefore,  the treaty would appear to be unconstitutional on its face, according to experts. However with those currently in the Obama administration and their reputation for brazenly ignoring constitutional limitations, opponents say it is crucial to oppose the treaty.

An ongoing argument in support of the treaty is that, “Well if the U.S. ratifies the treaty, other countries will do so as well.”  The supporters go on to state that ratification by all countries will make it convenient for disabled Americans to travel in those countries.  Unfortunately the supporters argument is completely unsupportable, and overall the ratification of the treaty will do nothing for American’s, disabled or not.

Given the current state of financial affairs of the federal government, that the Senate is spending any amount of time on this issue is ridiculous on its face.

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