U.S. Senate's Rejection of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is "Appalling"

Press Release
December 4, 2012

U.S. Senate's Rejection of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is "Appalling"

Contact: Sharon Singh, ssingh@aiusa.org, 202.675.8579

(Washington, DC)-- Suzanne Nossel, Amnesty International USA executive director, issued the following quote in response to the U.S. Senate's rejection of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities:

"Amnesty International USA is appalled that the U.S. Senate failed to stand for the human rights of people with disabilities. The United States has nothing to fear from a treaty that takes inspiration from the Americans with Disabilities Act, and which has the potential to advance the rights and dignity of millions of people with disabilities worldwide. The next Congress must make ratification a priority."

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.