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Canadian Petition on the CRPD Draws Thousands of Signatures

January 18, 2016 - - Equality Rights, Global Inclusion

Salvatore Amenta began an online appeal urging Prime Minister Trudeau to ratify the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) with one signature in November.

The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) adds additional provisions, which are not part of the Convention itself. Specifically, the Optional Protocol allows for individual complaints to be submitted to the United Nations by individuals, groups, or by a third party on their behalf, alleging that their rights have been violated under the CRPD. If the United Nations makes a finding that the country has failed in its obligations under the CRPD, it will issue a decision requiring that the violation be remedied and for the country to provide follow up information.

Today, Amenta’s petition has over 18,000 signatures. Amenta, a friend of the Community Living movement, also asks in his open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau that Canada follow through with action on Article 33, which requires implementing a monitoring system for the Convention.

The Government of Canada has made many strides with policies around disability issues, including ratifying the Convention in 2010; however, in failing to ratify the Optional Protocol Canada has made no formal commitment to measure its performance by UN standards. This is an important mechanism to ensure that rights within the CRPD are indeed realized when applied to a person’s real-life situation.

Click here to read the petition.