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Newsflash: Obama Signs Convention

Posted 23/7-09 at 02.51

As he had promised, President Obama is to sign the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on Friday, July 24, 2009 at the White House. Significantly, this will be the 19th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Signing the Convention marks a radical departure for the US, whose previous administrations have failed to ratify a number of other major international human rights conventions.

Barack Obama has an ambitious programme on disability. Now, by signing the Convention the President has confirmed this commitment and sent a strong, clear message of support for disabled people in the USA and throughout the world. Disabled people will now want to see him both working actively with the Senate on ratification and delivering on the rest of this ambitious plans.

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