The Acting Justice Minister, Dolores Delgado, has defended, during the presentation of the "User-Friendly Guide to the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for Legal Operators", the necessary implication of this sector so that the collective of people with disabilities achieve effective equality and legal capacity similar to that of other citizens in all aspects of life.
The minister pointed out that this guide, which has been prepared by the Spanish Committee of Representatives of People with Disabilities (CERMI), is a human rights treaty of great utility for the different agents involved in the practice and application of Justice.
According to Delgado, even though there have been advances in the protection of persons with disabilities, they continue to have severe difficulties in accessing basic social goods, as well as the regular exercise of fundamental rights. In addition, the minister stressed, as happens in other social orders, women and girls with disabilities are systematically worse off than men in the same conditions, especially those who are victims of gender violence.
Among the measures that have been carried out during the previous legislature to promote that people with disabilities are full citizens, Minister Delgado has highlighted the creation of the figure of the Coordinating Room Prosecutor for persons with disabilities and elderly people in situation of vulnerability, that will receive the denunciations that affect these groups and will determine the coordination measures and pertinent actions.
Another important advance that has already taken effect during the last general elections has been the granting of the right of suffrage to a total of 100,000 people with intellectual disabilities or mental illness, thanks to a modification of the General Electoral Regime Law.
On the way there are, as the Minister of Justice has stated, other measures aimed at this group, such as the Draft Law that reforms the civil and procedural legislation on disability, which is a Government priority for the new legislature. This regulation aims to modify aspects of the Civil Code, the Law of Civil Procedure, the Mortgage Law and the Civil Registry Law to carry out a definitive adaptation of our legal system to the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in full recognition of the dignity that corresponds to them.
In addition, Dolores Delgado recalled the report on disability policies presented by the Government to the UN Committee that ensures compliance with the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This report includes additional measures related to the project of a new Organic Law on Education that promotes inclusive education, a Royal Decree to address the social emergency in housing, especially in accessibility, and a proposal from the State Coordination Commission and Follow-up of the Assessment of the Degree of Disability for the adjustment of the scale to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health.