Senate Resolution 69: Memorialize the UN CRPD

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Senate Resolution 69: Memorialize the UN CRPD
Sponsors:
Senators Joseph Vitale; James Beach; Robert Gordon; Loretta Weinberg.
Summary:

This bill urges the United States Senate to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an international treaty that President Obama signed on July 30, 2009. The scope of the treaty is indefinite, because the treaty provides no definition of “disabilities,” saying only that it is “an evolving concept.” The CRPD requires each nation that adopts it to guarantee that it will provide political, civil, social, educational, and cultural rights for persons with disabilities. This requires the adopting nation to spend money sufficient to accomplish these purposes and requires regular reporting to the United Nations to ensure that sufficient funds are being expended and to ensure that the other legal requirements are being met.

We believe the CRPD would threaten homeschooling and parental rights. It would override existing state laws, seriously damaging state’s rights. It would surrender our nation's sovereignty to unelected UN bureaucrats. And it is unnecessary because of the strong protections for people with disabilities provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act and other U.S. laws. For more information, see "The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A Danger to Homeschool Families" by HSLDA Chairman Michael Farris.

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose.
Action Requested:

Please call your New Jersey state senator today or Monday and ask him or her to vote "no" on SR 69. Your message can be as simple as:

"Please vote 'no' on SR 69. It will undermine the right of parents to raise their children. Treaties are the worst possible way to try to solve domestic problems because they can never be amended, even if it turns out that they cause problems. If disabled persons need different laws, it should be done through the normal law-making process, not a treaty."

Status:

05/05/2014 - Introduced in the Senate, referred to the Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committtee.
09/15/2014- Reported from the Senate Committee for a Second Reading.

Background:

SR69's companion bill, AR75 , has already been passed by the New Jersey Assembly:

HSLDA's page on the UN CRPD.

Why HSLDA opposes the UN CRPD.

 Other Resources

Bill Text

Bill History

HSLDA e-lert Sept 19, 2014—Calls Needed to Block Support for UN Treaty