Legal, administrative and accessibility barriers can prevent millions of voters with disabilities from taking part in elections finds the latest research from the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).
Next year the elections at the European Parliament will be an opportunity for millions of Europeans to have their say in how Europe should be run. However, many people with disabilities face barriers in exercising this basic right.
FRA participated in the 2013 Work Forum on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in the EU on 24-25 October.
On 23 October, FRA presented to the EU Disability High Level Group its project Indicators on the political participation of persons with disabilities.
FRA was invited by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to present its report on “Legal capacity of persons with mental health problems and persons with intellectual disabilities” at a meeting with key stakeholders in Belfast on 10 October.
FRA's latest opinion on the impact of EU equality legislation notes how people continue to face discrimination in their daily lives despite the considerable progress in terms of policies and laws nationally and EU-wide.
FRA has published a report underlining how legal incapacity can prevent people with disabilities from exercising choice and control over their lives, despite the promise of current international standards.
FRA took part in the second meeting of the Council of Europe's Committee of Experts on the Rights of People with Disabilities in Strasbourg from 12-14 June.
On 21-22 May, FRA presented the initial findings of its forthcoming report on legal capacity of people with mental health problems and people with intellectual disabilities.