The U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities:A Danger to Homeschool Families
Michael P. Farris, Esq., LL.M.ChairmanMay 2012
HSLDA has written about the threats posed to homeschool freedom by the U.N. Convention onthe Rights of the Child (CRC) and the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).However, there is a third dangerous United Nations convention. This is the U.N. Convention onthe Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
President Obama sent it to the U.S. Senate forratification on May 18, 2012.CRPD was adopted by the U.N. General Assembly on December 13, 2006, and entered intoforce on May 3, 2008, after it received its twentieth ratification. The Optional Protocol to theConvention went into force on the same day after it received its tenth ratification. The CRPDwas signed by President Obama on July 30, 2009. Since it has been sent to the U.S. Senate forratification by President Obama, the U.S. Senate could vote to ratify this treaty at any time.CRPD calls for numerous protections for people with disabilities. Many of these protections areincluded in U.S. law as part of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). However, CRPD alsoincludes numerous provisions drafted by the United Nations which would concern many U.S.citizens. Like the CRC and CEDAW, if ratified, the Convention on the Rights of Persons withDisabilities would become the supreme law of the land under the U.S. Constitution’s SupremacyClause in Article VI, would trump state laws, and would be used as binding precedent by stateand federal judges. Since it is a treaty, the U.S. Constitution requires that it must be ratified by