A recent news release issued by the US International Council on Disabilities reports that Guyana has become the latest nation to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It is now the 150th country to ratify the Disability Treaty, which is intended to help provide the framework for creating laws and policies that support the rights and dignity of individuals with disabilities worldwide.

Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, states in the release that “The 150th ratification is evidence of the commitment by the international community to promote and protect the human rights of persons with disabilities.

The release notes that the US has yet to ratify the treaty, which is based upon the Americans with Disabilities Act. The treaty has reportedly been delayed in the US Senate, the release says, despite broad support by disability, faith, business, and veteran’s groups, as well as recent efforts by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to alleviate any concerns about the treaty’s impact on American sovereignty, federalism, or parental rights.

Source: US International Council on Disabilities