Memorandum of Understanding to Strengthen Political Rights of Guatemalans with Disabilities
On April 8, the National Council for Persons with Disabilities (CONADI) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote joint activities aimed at strengthening the participation of persons with disabilities in political and electoral processes in Guatemala.
The MoU outlines technical and administrative activities that will improve persons with disabilities’ access to the ballot box and reinforce their right to have a say in how they are governed. CONADI and IFES will provide trainings on political and electoral matters to empower persons with disabilities to pursue political leadership roles as candidates, elected officials and election observers.
Through this partnership, CONADI and IFES will also train staff of various government agencies – at central, state and municipal levels – on the reasonable accommodations necessary to ensure the full political participation of persons with disabilities and respect for their human rights.
The MoU was signed by CONADI President Rosa Idalia Aldana Salguero, CONADI Vice President Miguel Antonio Martínez, IFES President and CEO Anthony Banbury and IFES Vice President of Programs Michael Svetlik. The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Office for Human Rights, Supreme Electoral Tribunal, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner and the Electoral Observatory.
Through this MoU, both institutions express their commitment to the enforcement of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, United Nations Declaration on Human Rights, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, American Convention on Human Rights, Guatemala’s Constitution, the Law for the Attention of Persons with Disabilities, the National Policy on Disability and the implementation of reforms set forth by the Law on Elections and Political Parties as it relates to the inclusion of citizens with disabilities.