IDA Human Rights Publication Series – The Right to Vote and to Stand for Election

26 March 2013


We are delighted to announce the launch of the inaugural edition of IDA’s Human Rights Publication Series. See the webpage at


IDA’s Human Rights Publication Series is a new annual journal dedicated to sharing and gathering information, practices and experiences related to implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) from different sources including organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs), NGOs, national human rights institutions (NHRIs), United Nations human rights mechanisms and other actors, with a focus on highlighting positive examples of CRPD compliance. It aims to respond to an increased demand for additional guidance on implementation given the diversity and multiplication of practices worldwide.


Inaugural edition


This first edition explores the right of persons with disabilities to vote and to stand for election as enshrined in Article 29 of the CRPD. It opens with an editorial by IDA’s Chair, Yannis Vardakastanis, and includes an interview with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay, and with the Tunisian Organisation for the Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as well as features contributions from current and former CRPD Committee members, the former Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, IDA members, DPOs, regional and global NGOs, NHRIs, an Ombudsperson on disability and a National Election Commission.


Additionally, the first edition proposes an action plan for monitoring and advocating for the implementation of the right to vote and to be elected which sets out the roles of various stakeholders in this process, and presents some dilemmas and related advocacy solutions concerning jurisdictions in which compulsory voting is practiced.


Finally, a Readers’ Feedback ( has been created and permits readers to send in their comments to articles and share their suggestions, examples and practices on the right to vote and stand for election.


The IDA Human Rights Publication Series can be downloaded individually or entirely.


See contents of the publication.

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