Target: President Janos Ader
Goal: Reject voting restrictions for disabled individuals in Hungary
The United Nations recently found that Hungary’s voting laws disenfranchise those who have disabilities. Hungary has placed restrictions on those who have an intellectual disability – no matter how limited or severe the disability is – but such restrictions violate international human rights law.
Currently, unless a Hungarian judge rules that they have the ability and intellect, people who are under guardianship do not have the right to vote. The U.N. Committee on the Rights of of People with Disabilities stated that the law is discriminatory because Hungary could deny a person voting rights whether or not the disability was perceived or actual. The committee also found that ” [the disabled individual’s] automatic disenfranchisement regardless of the nature of their disability and their individual abilities is discriminatory and unjustified.” Such laws sends a cruel message; that the disabled are not able to make their own choices and are seen as inferior human beings.
The ruling highlighted six cases involving disabled people who were placed under guardianship. By law, their voting rights were revoked and they were not allowed to participate in the 2010 parliament and municipal election and were deleted from the electoral registry. The committee is requesting the country to reinstate their voting rights and provide laws that would give the disabled their right to vote. As stated by Shantha Rau Barriga, the disability rights director at Human Rights Watch, “Voting is a fundamental aspect of being a citizen and should not be denied on the basis of disability.”
If you believed that the disabled should have a right to vote, and should not have to seek a judge to do so, sign the petition below.
Dear President Janos Ader,
It has come to my attention that your country’s law disenfranchise the disabled. Those who are under guardianship have their voting rights instantly revoked and their names are taken off of the electoral register. I find this law offensive and removes your citizen’s right to vote. This law also violates international human rights law because of its discriminatory nature and it removes an inherent right. Human rights activists around the world – including me – are asking that you revoke this law and allow your disabled citizens to vote.
While I understand that certain disabilities are more severe than others, your country’s laws do not outline this and instead punish everyone with a disability. As such this is highly unfair and unjust. I hope that your country will rewrite their laws and reinstate their rights to vote.
[Your Name Here]
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