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AGENDA Conference Promotes Equal Access for Persons With Disabilities in Elections

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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.

The dialogue was opened by H.E. Ambassador Hasan Kleib, general director for multilateral affairs in the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In his opening remarks, Kleib reiterated Indonesia’s commitment to support “all efforts aimed to respect, promote and protect the rights of the persons with disabilities.” He also called on other governments in the region to “contribute constructively” to achieve equality for persons with disabilities.


Participate in AGENDA Second Regional Dialogue with Blackboard Collaborate Webconferencing

We invite you to participate in our Second Regional Dialogue on Access to Elections for Persons with Disabilities with Blackboard Collaborate Web-conferencing.

Event details and how to attend are below.


Please join the session at the URL below within 60 minutes from the scheduled start time to ensure enough time to download the Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing user interface and to setup the audio.

The Conference will be held from 10-11 November 2012. For the plenary session, please go to this url:



The conference will have 3 breakout sessions each day. For breakout session 1, go to this url:



For breakout session 2 go to this url:



For breakout session 3, go to this url:



For the complete schedule of the whole conference, please download the conference schedule here.


Blackboard collaborate is provided by the Institute on Disability and Public Policy

Conference Brief Information

AGENDA (General Election Network for Disability Access) will be holding the Second Regional Dialogue on Access to Elections for Persons with Disabilities.

1. Date : 10 – 11 November 2012
2. Venue : Ayodhya Hotel, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia

In democracies worldwide, voters with disabilities encounter many barriers to exercising their right to vote. Although the right to vote is protected by various international legal frameworks, such as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the fact remains that there is not universal access to the electoral process.

In an effort to highlight election access barriers and identify solutions, AGENDA is holding this regional dialogue. This event will serve as a neutral forum to bring together persons with disabilities, election commissions, practitioners, policy makers and academics from around the world to share information and experiences. It is our hope that this conference will increase knowledge about barriers to elections and promote the exchange of best practices.

Please join us in this dialogue and be part of our joint efforts to improve the political rights of persons with disabilities.

Featured Speakers:

  • Regional electoral management body representatives
  • Representatives from disability rights organizations from various ASEAN Countries
  • Representatives from regional civil society organizations (elections and human rights)
  • Academics from various regional and international universities
  • Representatives from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
  • Representatives from the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights
  • Representatives from the ASEAN Disability Forum
  • Representatives from international elections organizations


If you are interested to join as participant, download and fill in the registration form here. You can also download other materials about the conference. The registration is free of charge. Please note that you will have to cover your own accommodation, transportation and visa costs. We will only provide you with lunch and coffee breaks and conference kit during the conference.




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