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May 2016

First Pacific Regional Disability Rights Dialogue Held in Nadi, Fiji

The first ever Pacific Regional Disability Rights Dialogue, co-hosted by the Fiji Elections Office (FEO), the Pacific Disabilities Forum (PDF), the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) brought together election management officials and disability rights advocates from across the Pacific. The event, made possible through the generous support of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), aimed to cultivate consultative dialogue ...

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Indonesia Mental Health Organization advocates and Professor McCallum stand in front of the Indonesian Constitutional Court.
April 2016

Former CRPD Committee Chairman Testifies in Indonesia on Political Rights of Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities

On April 4, Professor Ronald McCallum, former chairman of the Committee on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD Committee), currently teaching law at the University of Sydney, provided expert testimony for the Indonesian Constitutional Court on the proposed Elections Law.


The Indonesian Mental Health Association (IMHA), in coordination with several civil society organizations (CSOs), appealed the Regional Elections Law on the grounds that ...

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Commissioner Valeriya Sushkeyvych signs a banner supporting participation of persons with disabilities in political life.
April 2016

Q&A with Valeriy Sushkevych, Presidential Commissioner for Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Ukraine

You were the first person appointed as the Commissioner for rights of persons with disabilities in Ukraine. How the creation of this position has changed the access of persons with disabilities to the political process?


The Office of the Presidential Commissioner for Rights of Persons with Disabilities was established under the Decree of the President of Ukraine No. 902 dated 1 December 2014. I am really the first person ...

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