UN Special Rapporteur on Disability-visit to Croatia 2013
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International Disability Alliance
Issue 1 - The Right to Vote and to Stand for Election March 2013
On 14 December 2012, the Croatian Parliament adopted the Act on Register of Voters, to restore to people deprived of their legal capacity their right to vote - a universal right as stipulated in the Constitution and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
Right to vote as a major step forward in achieving equality for persons with disabilities
In most countries, constitutions grant the universal right to vote to its citizens of legal age. This is the case with Croatia but, as in many countries, and contrary to their constitutions, some of the electorate are denied the right to vote. This is primarily true for persons with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities who are automatically divested of the right to vote when deprived of legal capacity. By depriving these persons with disabilities of their legal capacity and placing them under guardianship states want to ‘protect their interests’. However, instead of providing them with support, guardianships results in serious violations of their human rights, the right to take part in public and political life being just one of the rights such practice denies them. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) challenges such discriminatory practices and asks for the recognition of rights of persons with disabilities and provision of support in cases when it is needed rather than denying rights.
The conference was organised by Office of the ombudswoman for persons with disabilities
In cooperation with United Nations Development Programme
Resident Representative Office in Croatia and Judicial Academy, under the auspices of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of the Republic of Croatia and sponsored by the UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre, Office of the Special Attache for social-political affairs in Croatia and Macedonia and the Embassy of the United States of America in Zagreb.
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