ERIC Number: ED473537
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun-12
Reference Count: N/A
Understanding the Role of an International Convention on the Human Rights of People with Disabilities: An Analysis of the Legal, Social, and Practical Implications for Policy Makers and Disability and Human Rights Advocates in the United States. White Paper.
Lord, Janet E.
This White Paper by the National Council on Disability urges the support and participation of American policymakers and organizations representing people with disabilities in the drafting of an international human rights treaty specifically addressing the rights of people with disabilities. Following an executive summary and an introductory section, the first section provides background information on disability law in the United States and human rights for people with disabilities within the international human rights system. The fourth section offers suggestions for addressing the human rights of people with disabilities in sections urging a paradigm shift in which "needs" become rights and discussion of universality and international human rights law. The fifth section proposes an international convention on the rights of people with disabilities with discussion of transformative participation in an international human rights treaty-making process, promoting institutional shifts through the adoption of an international convention on the rights of people with disabilities, and the role of legally binding obligations. The following section considers issues in adopting an international convention that especially strengthens the advocacy capacity of people with disabilities and their allies, ensures constructive U.S. participation, and combats treaty fatigue. The final section offers recommendations and future directions. Appended are a glossary of international law terms and the mission statement of the National Council on Disability. (DB)
Descriptors: Adults, Advocacy, Children, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights Legislation, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, International Cooperation, International Law, Postsecondary Education, Treaties
National Council on Disability, 1331 F St., N.W., Suite 850, Washington, DC 20002. Tel: 202-272-2004; Tel: 202-272-2074 (TTY); Fax: 202-272-2022. For full text: http://www.ncd.gov.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council on Disability, Washington, DC.