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that they will be able to vote
at the next European elections.
The new law was announced
by the French president Emmanuel Macron
in July 2018.
In France there are 360.000 people
under full guardianship.
Until now these people
didn’t always receive
the right to vote.
Inclusion Europe is very happy
to see this happen in France.
The change in the French law has happened
after Spain, Denmark and Germany also changed their laws.
But there are still many EU member states
that need to improve things.
We at Inclusion Europe asked our members
about the situation in their countries.
This is what we found out:
- In 4 countries, people under guardianship
have no voting rights.
- In 11 countries, they have
limited voting rights.
This means, for example, that a judge decides
if they can vote.
- In 10 countries, they have
full voting rights.
Giving the right to vote
to people under guardianship
is the first step.
The next step is to stop guardianship.
Guardianship is bad
because it doesn’t let people decide
about their own life.
The new French law doesn’t talk about
the right to be elected
for people under guardianship.
We want to see that as well.
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