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International Human Rights Law

Should the U.S. ratify the Disabilities Treaty?

In the U.S. policy discussion concerning the protecting of rights of disabled Americans and disabled people around the world two pieces of legislation are of key importance. First, the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Disabilities Treaty) an international human rights treaty currently not ratified by the U.S. Second, it is important to consider the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which is national legislation. The ADA was enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1990, and functions as a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability, in the United States.