[This was first posted two days ago at my other blog, Rambling Justice.]
Help bring attention to the “Disability Treaty” (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD)! We need the U.S. to ratify this important international human rights treaty protecting the civil rights of 1 billion people with disabilities worldwide. Sign up your Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr account NOW to join the next “Thunder Clap It” for the CRPD at http://thndr.it/1ky8p97 !
What’s A “Thunder Clap It”?
A “Thunder Clap It” is when 100 or more people sign on their Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr account to all send out the same message at the same time to all their followers. To participate, you need to sign up in advance. The next CRPD “Thunder Clap It” will be at 2pm EST on June 10, 2014 (1pm Central Time, 11am Pacific Time). Sign up BEFORE this time or you will miss the Thunder Clap.
How Do I Sign Up?
- Go to this link: http://thndr.it/1ky8p97
- A message will ask you to share a message to support the #CRPD.
- You will find three buttons—one each for Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. You need to have an account in at least one of these three in order to participate.
- Click on whichever button is appropriate. You will have an opportunity to personalize your message to your followers.
- Hit the “Add My Support” button.
- If you have successfully signed up, then you should appear at the top of the list of “Recent Supporters” in the right hand side bar. Refresh the page if needed.
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Please support international disability rights. Support U.S. ratification of the “Disability Treaty”, called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Please FOLLOW THE LINK to the U.S. White House petition and SIGN THE PETITION!
- Anyone age 13 and older can sign at the link.
- You don’t have to be a US citizen, you just need a valid email address.
- You do need to register to create a WhiteHouse.gov account. This is fast, free, and painless. Once you have created the account, you can sign other White House petitions, too.
- Learn more about this important treaty at http://disabilitytreaty.org.
RatifyNow has reported that Ecuador became the 20th nation to ratify the international disability rights treaty, known as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), earlier today on April 3, 2008. It also became the 13th nation to ratify the accompanying Optional Protocol. Accordingly, both the CRPD and the Optional Protocol will enter into force 30 days from now. This means that countries ratifying the CRPD will now be obligated to obey it, as will countries ratifying the Optional Protocols.
RatifyNow has a story about the newest ratification; why this is a historic milestone for the international disability community; how countries and people with disabilities will be affected; how ordinary citizens like YOU can help push for more countries to ratify the CRPD and then implement it fully; and how you can become involved in the ratification movement at:
Also, the United Nationas, the International Disability Alliance, and RatifyNow are all planning events to celebrate the CRPD entering into force in both New York City and Washington DC on May 12. 2008. Return to the RatifyNow.org web site for further details.
Also, read the official United Nations (UN) story, including a quote from the Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, at:
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The Latest Development: Nepal signs the CRPD
Nepal became the most recent signatory to the international Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the accompanying optional protocol on January 3, 2008. A total of 121 countries have now signed the CRPD and 68 have signed the optional protocol. Most of these countries, however, have not yet ratified either.
Ratifying versus Signing a Treaty
Signing a treaty is not the same as ratifying it. A signatory country is not required to obey the treaty: it only needs to avoid actively violating it. A country does not become a “states party” to a treaty until they fully ratify it. Becoming a states party (ratifying a treaty) means the country agrees to be legally bound by the treaty.
The CRPD needs to be ratified by 20 countries before it can take full force; it has now been ratified by 14, including Bangladesh, Croatia, Cuba, El Salvador, Gabon, Hungary, India, Jamaica, Mexcio, Namibia, Nicaragua, Panama, South Africa, and Spain. The Optional Protocol needs to be ratified by 10 countries before it becomes enforceable; it has now been ratified by 7, including Croatia, Hungary, Mexico, Namibia, Panama, South Africa, and Spain.
The Background: The CRPD and the Optional Protocol
The CRPD is an international human rights treaty meant to protect a range of rights for people with disabilties. A few examples include the right to liberty; to freedom from torture, violent exploitation, and abuse; to healthcare; to education; to privacy; to sign contracts; to accessible public transit and public accommodations.
Although several other international human rights treaties are already in force–most famously, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights–many of these treaties do not mention disabled people at all. The few that do usually do not cover their right to full participation in society.
The Optional Protocol gives people who have suffered human rights violations another option for pursuing justice. In countries that only ratify the CRPD without the Optional Protocol, a person who feels their rights under the treaty have been violated can use the appropriate channels within their country to correct that violation. For example, they may be able to file a complaint with local or national legal authorities or bring a lawsuit through the courts. But if all national-level systems fail to achieve justice, then the Optional Protocol allows a person to pursue redress by applying to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Individuals and organizations seeking to join the global movement to maximize the number of countries ratifying the CRPD and the Optional Protocols may wish to join the organization RatifyNow. Individuals may also participate in email-based discussions on the global movement by joining the RatifyNow Listserve.
We Can Do learned about Nepal becoming a signatory via an announcement sent out by Ghulam Nabi Nazimani.
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