WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, today praised the SFRC recommendation of ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
“We should be proud, as Americans, of our Nation’s leadership in making it easier for people with disabilities to participate fully in society, to have equal access to educational, economic, and social opportunities for self-fulfillment and advancement. Today’s vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee provided us with another opportunity to demonstrate global leadership in promoting human rights and equal rights for those with disabilities. The CRPD embodies many of the same ideals the Americans with Disabilities Act promotes: it empowers people with disabilities to be able to make their own choices, to claim personal responsibility for their own lives, and to be independent. I urge all my Senate colleagues to support this international treaty on the Senate floor and give the United States a say in how people with disabilities, including our own citizens, are treated around the world.”