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International Day of Democracy

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Since 2007, the General Assembly of the United Nations decided that 15th September would be the International Day of Democracy. The theme for 2015 is space for civil society.

Political participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations was also the theme of the Zero Project Report 2015 (available in English and German in the Download section). The report highlighted a number of innovative practices and policies from around the world, such as, for instance:

  • The Accommodating Diversity for Active Participation in European Elections (ADAP) project that overcomes the voting obstacles faced by people with intellectual disabilities and older people. Read more >>
  • Japan’s revision of election law, which led to the enfranchisement of more than 136,000 persons. Read more >>
  • South Africa’s policy to ensure the inclusiveness of its Parliament. Read more >>
  • A successful advocacy project that promoted the right to vote for persons deprived of their legal capacity in Croatia. Read more >>
  • New Zealand’s Access 2020 Disability Strategy that makes sure that all aspects of the electoral process are accessible to these persons. Read more >>

Furthermore, today is also the deadline for sending submissions to the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Ms. Catalina Devandas-Aguila), on the topic of the right of persons with disabilities to participate in decision-making. To answer the consultation, follow this link.