[Hpn] Fwd: HUMAN RIGHTS ALERT: US blocks UN disability & human rights effort! - 8 August 2002

Graeme Bacque gbacque@colosseum.com
Thu, 08 Aug 2002 20:40:48 -0400


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Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2002 17:03:43 -0700
To: "Human Rights MindFreedom Alert" <dendrite@efn.org>
From: David Oaks - Support Coalition International/MindFreedom
  <oaks@mindfreedom.org>
Subject:  HUMAN RIGHTS ALERT: US blocks UN disability & human
  rights effort! - 8 August 2002

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HUMAN RIGHTS ACTION ALERT - 8 August 2002
http://www.MindFreedom.org - please re-distribute

      Disability leaders inside UN call for immediate help to
      demand that the USA government STOP blocking progress
      on important UN document on human rights & disability.

NEW YORK CITY: Disability leaders representing Non-Governmental
Organizations inside the United Nations are calling for an
emergency round of e-mails to the USA government to
stop obstruction and delay on an important document on
human rights and disability. All people are asked to participate.

The document -- called a "Convention on Disability and
Human Rights" -- is in the very beginning of a process that
was expected to take two to three years.

However, Janet Lord of the Landmine Survivors Network, one
of the main international groups working for the document,
reported the USA government's delegation is blocking progress.
Along with several other disability leaders, she has called for
an emergency e-mail campaign.

Said David Oaks, Director of Support Coalition International:
"We are proud that a delegation of nine psychiatric survivors
has been representing Support Coalition members for many days of
meetings inside the UN. It is irresponsible and immoral for the
USA government representative to try to ruin this international
efforts. We support this call for action by Landmine Survivors
Network and others. We ask the several thousand people on the
MINDFREEDOM alert network to take civil action immediately!"

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ACTION: *IMMEDIATE* e-mail to KATE GOROVE, the USA delegate
in charge of negotiations, at <gorovekm@ms.state.gov>.

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SAMPLE MESSAGE -- THOUGH YOUR OWN WORDS ARE BEST:

"STOP the USA blockade of a Convention on Disability
and Human Rights at the United Nations! Please respond!"

Your name/contact info:

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BELOW is the urgent message from Janet Lord, received
less than an hour ago, calling for the emergency e-mail campaign,
along with other pressure on government leaders,
and signed by several disability leaders inside the UN.

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Date: Thu, 08 Aug 2002 19:16:08 -0400
From: "Janet Lord" <janet@landminesurvivors.org>
Subject: URGENT APPEAL UN PROCESS IN DANGER

THIS IS AN URGENT APPEAL

It is 7 pm and we are in the halls of the United Nations where informal
negotiations about whether or not states will move forward to draft a
treaty on the human rights of people with disabilities are taking place.

The United States, and a small number of Asian states, are blocking the
call for a convention at this late hour.  Mexico has asked the NGO
community to generate pressure to save this process.

Please generate emails to your governments pressing for a resolution by
the Ad Hoc Committee acknowledging the urgent need to draft a
CONVENTION.

FOR AMERICAN DISABILITY GROUPS:  Please send emails to the State Dept.
and/or call (Powell, Armitage, William Wood in the Bureau of
International Organization Affairs) and the White House AS SOON AS
POSSIBLE AS THIS PROCESS CLOSES TOMORROW  - FRIDAY. THE AMERICAN
DELEGATE HERE IN CHARGE OF NEGOTIATIONS IS KATE GOROVE:

<gorovekm@ms.state.gov>

Many thanks, Richard Light, Steve Estey, Janet Lord, Rosangela
Berman-Beiler

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