See: Exec. Rept. 112-6; Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities (Treaty Doc. 112-7) -- a 198 page document that was submitted to the Senate by the Foreign Relations Committee on July 31, 2012 and was the basis of Senate debate on the Convention.
Last edited by Phineas Finn; 12-06-2012 at 05:23 PM. Reason: Wrong date
Thanks. It starts getting interesting on page 17.
The Convention does not contain an explicit definition of ‘‘dis-ability
Unable to define "disability"? That could leave it wide open to anyones interpretation. Kind of like signing a blank check.
And page 17 adds some good advice from many of America's well known statesmen. Probably good advice.
"Should the United States accede tothis treaty, we will be obligated to write a status report every fouryears regarding our disability laws and receive criticism and rec-ommendations from a committee of representatives from countries that have lower standards for the disabled than our own. This un-dermines our sovereignty and our Constitution. According to Arti-cle 35 of the Convention, this report must include a list and de-scription of measures taken to fulfill the obligations of the treaty.We do not know the scope of this report or its financial and laborcosts to the American taxpayer."
"As noted in hearing testimony, similar committees born of otherUnited Nations conventions have an extensive record of overstep-ping their authority and making recommendations that are con-trary to the interests and values of the United States. For example,the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination issueda report in 2008 that addressed issues well beyond the scope of itsmandate, such as U.S policies regarding the death penalty, voting rights, and detention at Guantanamo Bay. The Committee associ-ated with the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Dis-crimination Against Women brashly issued recommendations re-garding the legalization of prostitution, gender quotas, and in-creased termination of pregnancies."
Okay. These seem to be a legitmate concerns.
"The very purpose of a treaty is to advance a specific U.S. securityor economic interest, and the United States should only join those treaties that make us a stronger or safer nation. In no way do wetake issue with the goal of promoting higher standards for thetreatment of disabled people. However, this Convention is not es-sential to the security or economic interests of the United States.We firmly believe that the issues concerned in this Convention would be better addressed in a format that would not require theratification of a legally binding international treaty that would carry the same authority as the Constitution."
Most of the objections stem from irrational fear of the UN and One-world government conspiracies.
John McCain is a disgrace to America for voting against this disabilities treaty...McCain's hypocrisy is without limits
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