Easy to read version of summary and recommendations
I. Background. Disability in Peru ; National electoral framework ; International and Peruvian law and policy relevant to political participation of persons with disabilities
II. Findings. Deprivation of legal capacity : Judicial Interdiction ; "Invisible citizens" denial of the right to identity and the right to a name ; Stigmatization and other consequences of registering disabilities and denying the right to vote ; Current efforts to address disenfranchisement ; Failure to provide accommodations ; Access to information about the election process, political parties or candidates ; Exclusion from election monitoring obligations ; Barriers to standing for office ; Barriers to participation in local decision-making
III. Efforts of international actors and national civil society. International actors ; Good practices among civil society
"Peru was one of the first states to become a party to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and has enshrined protection for many disability rights in its laws. This should help to ensure equal rights for all persons with disabilities, including the right to vote, stand for office, and participate in decisions about public affairs. However, gaps in Peruvian laws and policies mean that many people with disabilities can still not fully exercise some of the their fundamental rights as citizens. In "I Want to be a Citizen Just like Any Other," Human Rights Watch examines the legal and practical barriers that people with diverse disabilities in Peru face in exercising their right to political participation. It also examines how restrictions on legal capacity impact the ability of people with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities in particular to enjoy a range of rights, including the right to own or inherit property, be employed or legally represent their children. Human Rights Watch calls on the government of Peru to reform discriminatory laws and practices, and to actively involve people with disabilities in planning and decision-making processes, thereby honoring its obligations to protect the right of all people with disabilities to participate in public affairs"--P.  of cover.
This 89-page report documents the legacy of a policy, changed only in October 2011, that arbitrarily denied people with sensory, intellectual, and psychosocial disabilities their right to vote, considering them legally incompetent to exercise such a decision. Human Rights Watch also examined the barriers that people with these and other disabilities face when exercising their political rights, including the difficulty of getting identity documents essential for voting, and the absence of support mechanisms to help people with disabilities make voting decisions.