Statement on US Senate's Failure to Ratify CRPD

We are very disheartened by the United States Senate’s failure to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). We had high hopes that the Senate would harness much needed bi-partisan momentum to ratify this critically important treaty which has enjoyed broad support across the political spectrum. Approval by the Senate would have been the right decision on behalf of all Americans with disabilities, their families and veterans of various armed conflicts. We applaud those Senators who ignored the campaign of misinformation and distortion advanced by some opponents. We hope that this setback will be short-lived and we urge the Senate to reconsider the ratification of CRPD in the new year. The worldwide community of people with disabilities is watching and history is watching as well.