26 Jul U.S. to Sign UN Disabled Rights Convention (Can World Socialism Be Far Behind?)
Story here. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities entered into force in May 2008. It has some 60+ parties even though it’s only been open for signature for a little over two years.
Signing, of course, is the easy part. Question is what kind of push the Obama Administration will put into ratification and with what sort of conditions attached.
Because the CRDP is so new, the Right hasn’t really had a chance to add it to its shopworn list of treaties that threaten to impurify our precious bodily fluids (Law of the Sea and the Children’s Rights Convention, along with the ICC). Might the Administration be able to slip it by the goalie — thus breaking the impasse on the others — perhaps with something less than the usual, completely defanging set of RUDs?
My guess is that anti-internationalists will have a lot to be upset about in the Convention itself. Check out article 28, for example:
States Parties recognize the right of persons with disabilities to an adequate standard of living for themselves and their families, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and to the continuous improvement of living conditions, and shall take appropriate steps to safeguard and promote the realization of this right without discrimination on the basis of disability.
But the announcement that Susan Rice will sign the treaty next week doesn’t seem to have generated a lot of chatter among the usual suspects. Another sign that they are falling off their game?