AGENDA Newsletter - 4th Edition

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AGENDA Conference Promotes Equal Access for Persons With Disabilities in ElectionsAGENDA Conference Promotes Equal Access for Persons With Disabilities in Elections

November 10-11 in Nusa Dua, Bali, AGENDA held the Second Regional Dialogue on Access to Elections for Persons with Disabilities, bearing the theme “Strengthening Democracy, Removing Barriers: Toward Full Participation of Persons With Disabilities in Elections.”

The two-day conference brought together hundreds of participants, including representatives from disabled persons organizations; election management and monitoring bodies, members of parliament, human rights commissions, academic institutions, nongovernmental organizations, governments and Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) bodies to discuss and share policies and best practices for securing the right of persons with disabilities in elections throughout Southeast Asia.

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Drafting of Bali Commitments

Participants of the AGENDA Second Regional Dialogue on Access to Elections for Persons with Disabilities, held this November, adopted the Bali Commitments at the close of the two-day event. These commitments reaffirm the international frameworks on human rights – the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) – as the legal basis for the fulfillment of the rights of persons with disabilities.

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Three Countries, Three Viewpoints on Election Access

Three Countries, Three Viewpoints on Election Access

When it comes to improving election accessibility for persons with disabilities, different countries have different experiences. Sharing experiences and lessons learned between different countries is crucial because it enables people working in the disability field to find inspiration and creative ideas that may be applicable to their own countries, thus encouraging improvement and progress.

On the first day of the Second Regional Dialogue on Access to Elections for Persons with Disabilities, three presenters shared experiences from very different backgrounds.

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Day Two of Conference Covers Political Participation of Persons with Disabilities through Regional Engagement

When it comes to improving election accessibility for persons with disabilities, different countries have different experiences. Sharing experiences and lessons learned between different countries is crucial because it enables people working in the disability field to find inspiration and creative ideas that may be applicable to their own countries, thus encouraging improvement and progress.

On the first day of the Second Regional Dialogue on Access to Elections for Persons with Disabilities, three presenters shared experiences from very different backgrounds.

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Organization Profile

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International Foundation for Electoral Systems Indonesia

IFES Worldwide
As the global leader in democracy promotion, IFES advances good governance and democratic rights by providing technical assistance to election officials; empowering the underrepresented to participate in the political process; and applying field-based research to improve the electoral cycle. Since 1987, IFES has worked in over 135 countries, from developing democracies to mature democracies.

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Interview

annie-juwariyahAnnie Juwariyah: Affirmative Action for Persons with Disabilities

It is not easy for somebody with a disability in Indonesia to become a politician. When the late Gus Dur was nominated for the presidency, which he eventually won, many opponents tried to block the nomination because Gus Dur was blind. Many believed being blind made him unfit to rule.

The debate over Gus Dur’s disability opened the eyes of many Indonesians to the issues of the political rights of persons with disabilities, and paved the way for improvements in election laws and regulations in Indonesia. These improvements made it possible for persons with disabilities to participate in elections not only as voters, but also as candidates.

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On The Horizon

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Sat Jan 5-6, 2013
Pre-Election Technical Assessment Workshop
Late Jan, 2013
Checklist Tailoring Workshop
 

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AGENDA Newsletter 4rd Edition

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  • Video - Presentation of Pak Rafendi Djamin on AGENDA 2nd Regional Dialogue, 10-11 Nov 2012. Click here

  • Download Pdf - Bali Commitments on Equal Access to Elections. Click here

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