Jewish Federations Saddened by Rejection of Treaty Supporting Global Disability Rights

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September 17, 2014
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Jewish Federations Saddened by Rejection of Treaty Supporting Global Disability Rights

Treaty would promote rights of people with disabilities worldwide

Washington, D.C. – Jewish Federations and disability rights activists across the globe were saddened today as the U.S. Senate once again failed to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), a United Nations treaty that would promote the rights of people with disabilities worldwide. The Jewish Federations of North America, which has long been a leader in working towards the ratification of the CRPD, expressed deep disappointment with a minority group of Senators for blocking the treaty’s ratification, which would have been a tremendous victory for people with disabilities across the globe.

William Daroff, senior vice president for public policy and director of the Washington office for Jewish Federations, stated:

“Today is truly a sad day for people with disabilities around the world. Despite bipartisan support and the work done by hundreds of disability rights organizations, veterans’ organizations, faith groups and business interest groups, a few members of the Senate have failed to recognize the importance of ensuring that people with disabilities around the world can live with dignity and enjoy equal opportunity. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is based on America’s own disability rights laws, and it is our responsibility to lead the international community – including the over 140 nations who have already ratified the treaty – in these efforts. As Jews, our faith informs us that every person has dignity, so it is our obligation to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to live as a self-sufficient, contributing member of society. This treaty embodies our values as a nation, and we remain determined to ensure that ratification will one day become a reality. It is our hope – and the hope of countless people across the globe – that the Senate will once again take up this important treaty so that the United States can once again become a world leader on disability rights.”

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The Jewish Federations, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning).

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