Braille Monitor                          March 2019

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National Federation of the Blind Celebrates Ratification of Marrakesh Treaty

by Chris Danielsen

Chris Danielsen From the Editor: Chris Danielson is the energetic and creative director of public relations for the National Federation of the Blind. He has the unenviable task of chronicling all of the important things that we do in press releases that must be interesting enough to be published and simple enough to be understood by the lay reader. Here is another example of his fine work:

Geneva, Switzerland (February 8, 2019): Today, the United States government formalized its ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty by depositing the US instrument of ratification with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). This action begins a ninety-day waiting period, after which the treaty will officially be in force as US policy, throwing open the doors to expanded literacy for the blind of America and the world.

“The National Federation of the Blind seeks the removal of all artificial or unnecessary barriers to access to knowledge by the blind,” said Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind. “That is why we championed the Marrakesh Treaty and fought for its signing and ratification by the United States. Today’s deposit of the US ratification instrument represents the culmination of that effort, but even more importantly, it represents greater access to the world’s literature and knowledge for blind people in America and across the world. We are therefore pleased to celebrate this historic moment with our blind brothers and sisters everywhere.”

Read more regarding the Marrakesh Treaty in the following articles:

Marrakesh Express Rolling Home
US House of Representatives Passes Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act
United States Senate Greenlights Marrakesh Treaty and Implementing Legislation
Senate Committee Votes to Advance Marrakesh Treaty
The National Federation of the Blind Applauds the Introduction of Legislation Implementing the Marrakesh Treaty

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