On July 30, 2009, US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The move came after President Barack Obama announced that the US would sign the convention. The announcement was met with widespread approval by international and human rights organizations, as the Bush administration declined to sign the convention at the time it was adopted, citing what it characterized as sufficient legal protections already in effect in the US. At the signing ceremony at UN headquarters, Rice said that the treaty "urges equal protection and equal benefits under the law for all citizens, it rejects discrimination in all its forms, and calls for the full participation and inclusion in society of all persons with disabilities."
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