The right of persons with disabilities to participate in political and public life

1.11.2016

Expert seminar on the right of persons with disabilities to participate in political and public life

 

What obstacles do persons with disabilities encounter when participating in public life? What good practices are there in promoting the rights of participation? What still needs to be done?

The Human Rights Centre, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs organized a high-level expert seminar on the right of persons with disabilities to participate in political and public life. The seminar Our right to participate – Promoting the participation of Persons with Disabilities in political and public life can be watched at http://bit.ly/2fcoMcf.

The languages of the event are English and Russian, and there is International Sign Language interpreting.

The purpose of the seminar is to bring together a variety of experts from institutions and organisations and to go through the challenges and good practices associated with the political participation of persons with disabilities.

Finland considers promoting the rights of persons with disabilities to be an important human rights priority both nationally and internationally. Finland ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in May 2016.

Ambassador Katja Pehrman, Permanent Representative of Finland to the OSCE, currently chairs the Human Dimension Committee (HDC) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).Within the framework of the OSCE, Finland has actively highlighted the importance of promoting the rights of persons with disabilities, especially the right to participate in political life and the right to information.