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Nov. 2016

Constitutional Court Upholds Right to Vote of Persons with Psychosocial or Intellectual Disabilities in Indonesia

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The Indonesian Constitutional Court issued a decision on October 13 on a case brought by civil society and the disability community to challenge a provision in the Law on Regional Head Elections that denies the right to vote to citizens who are “mentally disturbed or have memory problems”. The Court determined that citizens with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities have the ...

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Oct. 2016

Virtual Roundtable on Advocacy for Participation of South Asian Citizens with Disabilities

Participants of the South Asia Regional Disability Rights Dialogue on Political Participation (SARDRD), organized by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), provided insights into barriers and advocacy efforts a year after SARDRD. Responses were collected via email and have been lightly edited for style and clarity.

Roundtable Participants:


Senarath Attanayake, Uva Provincial Council – ...

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A woman who uses a wheelchair get a ballot from a woman behind a table while a man with crutches watches
Oct. 2016

Political Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Remote and Rural Areas

Persons with disabilities living in areas that are rural or remote encounter additional barriers to participating in public life. According to the World Health Organization’s 2011 World Report on Disability, persons with disabilities are affected by poor coordination of service delivery and inadequate resources. Persons with disabilities in remote and rural communities experience an amplification of this gap. 


Rural areas typically lack the robust infrastructure of cities, including both ...

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