ADL to Senate Foreign Relations Committee: Stand Up for Fairness and Equal Access for People with Disabilities

New York, NY, November 5, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) urged Senators to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in testimony to a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing today.

In a statement submitted to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the League reiterated its support of the treaty to ensure that people living with disabilities enjoy equal opportunity and full participation in communities across the world.

“More than 1 billion people are living with disabilities – making them one of the largest minority groups in the world and, in developing countries, among the most marginalized populations,” said Deborah M. Lauter, ADL Director of Civil Rights, and Michael A. Salberg, ADL Director of International Affairs, in a letter submitted to the Committee.  “The treaty reinforces American values and law to promote, protect, and ensure the full enjoyment of human rights by people with disabilities and ensure that they enjoy full equality under the law.”

ADL commended the Committee for holding the hearing and expressed hope that the United States will be added to the list of CRPD-ratified countries.

“We urge you to stand up for fairness and equal access for people with disabilities across the globe and lend your support for swift ratification of the CRPD,” Ms. Lauter and Mr. Salberg said.  “Now is the time to elevate America's leadership in advocating fair treatment and protection for people with disabilities around the world.”

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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