The Campaign to Repeal Mental Health Laws urges the US Senate to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) without Reservations, Understandings or Declarations (RUDs), with the intention of implementing the CRPD fully and putting an end to violations of the human rights of all persons with all disabilities in the United States, including repeal of the mental health laws and an end to forced psychiatric interventions.
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Please also read this post regarding the US ratification of the CRPD that Maria Reina shared with us. She sent this post to the listserv for the Global Partnership for Disability and Development on 13 November 2013. Maria Reina was one of the leaders of the International Disability Caucus that was involved in the drafting of the CRPD.
Subject: CRPD Ratification by the US [was: Mis- (and Dis-) Information about UN Disability Convention – originally sent to the GPDD Listserv]
As an individual with a disability living the global south I am very concerned about the path of ratification of the CRPD by the US. It is setting a bad example for our countries. We need full implementation. We need countries to implement the CRPD domestically. And we do not need countries that ratify the CRPD not to implement it back home. This is NOT what we have fought for during the times of the IDC (International Disability Caucus)!
You can see I am disturbed. I have remained silent for a while but as things are evolving (and becoming worse and worse, in my humble opinion) I need to speak out.
In addition to the already numerous RUDs proposed in the ratification package of the US last cycle, recently we have known of new ones that seem to be acceptable for the legislators considering ratification. It is just too much.
To me, the declaration that “current U.S. law fulfills or exceeds the obligations of the Convention” is simply untrue and disheartening. It looks like the United States believes that the standards valid for everyone else ratifying the Convention do not apply to them. Wasn’t the US involved in the negotiation of the CRPD when all the standards were negotiated? Yes, the US was there and, certainly, in a very vocal way. However, now the country wants to ratify the CRPD but does not want to be obliged to those negotiated standards. This is wrong and unacceptable to me.
Moreover, I have heard that a new declaration would state that any “customary international law” developed by the CRPD Committee would not be viewed by the U.S. as customary international law and would have no binding effect. Outrageously, this is restricting or re-defining what customary international law is and has been for decades, especially in the international human rights framework.
I think that what is happening with the US ratification process concerns all of us, not only people in the US. I think we have to do something before is too late.
For the moment, I kindly ask our mates from the US, particularly those running the campaign, to slow down, and as we say in soccer, stop the ball and see the rest of the field. Any ratification is not a good ratification.