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Three people are sitting at a table looking at a computer; two people have disabilities
Nov. 2015

Advocating for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Myanmar

By Adam Gallagher, International Foundation for Electoral Systems


Around the world, persons with disabilities face immense challenges to exercising their political and human rights, particularly in new and emerging democracies like Myanmar. According to the country’s 2014 census, 2.3 million Myanmar citizens have a disability, but the World Health Organization and many international experts estimate that figure to be significantly higher. As Myanmar prepared for its historic 2015 general ...

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Two men who are blind play a keyboard and a guitar
Nov. 2015

Voter Education Concerts for Persons with Disabilities

By Justin Cradit, International Foundation for Electoral Systems 


On the crowded, noisy street of Pyay Road in Yangon’s Ahlone Township, locals regularly shop at nearby stores while cab drivers sit in standstill traffic. On October 30, eight days before Myanmar’s historic 2015 general elections, however, the atmosphere was a bit different, as passers-by were greeted with live music and voter education materials. This event was part of a multi-day, ...

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Nov. 2015

The Right to Political Participation of People with Psychosocial and Intellectual Disabilities in South Africa ...

Written by Ubuntu Centre South Africa


In South Africa, any citizen that  wishes to express his/her political will and cast his/her vote is entitled to cast a vote, regardless of whether it be a good or bad decision. Perceived “deficits” in mental ability to make decisions or any impairment cannot be used as a justification for denying the vote and there can be no legal significance arising from any actual ...

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