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Sept. 15, 2021

Human Rights And Elections


A handbook on universal rights standards on elections, from United Nations Human Rights
From the Foreword: "People’s right to participate in the conduct of public affairs is a fundamental imperative. Genuine and credible elections remain the most compelling and effective way for people to participate in governance and have their voices heard. Elections empower citizens to express their will and help to build or consolidate sustainable democracies.

The first edition of Human Rights and Elections: A Handbook on the Legal, Technical and Human Rights Aspects of Elections was published nearly three decades ago. Since then, the human rights landscape has shifted. New international treaties, such as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, have acknowledged the rights of people long marginalized. United Nations human rights mechanisms have issued jurisprudence clarifying States’ obligations and advancing the right to vote and related rights.

At the same time, new challenges to participatory rights and the integrity of elections have emerged, such as hate speech, Internet blocking or disinformation campaigns, which are often facilitated or propagated by new technologies."
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