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Convention: CRPD breached by European countries that deny the vote to disabled people

Posted 11/11-10 at 00.24

A report just released by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has found that only seven of the 27 countries in the EU (Austria, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK) grant full voting rights to all disabled people. The remaining countries either restrict or totally deny the vote to people with mental health problems or learning difficulties.

These types of disenfranchisement are specifically ruled out by Article 29 of the CRPD, which says: "States Parties shall ...Ensure that persons with disabilities can effectively and fully participate in political and public life on an equal basis with others, directly or through freely chosen representatives, including the right and opportunity for persons with disabilities to vote ..."

The report concludes that some countries will have to amend legislation to meet the requirements of the CRPD. Furthermore, "These changes will need to take into account the specific needs of persons with disabilities. Involving these persons or their representative organisations in the design and implementation of new legislation and accompanying measures would not only be in the spirit of the CRPD, but would also be essential in finding practical and effective solutions."




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