Blind people still banned from becoming MPs
Shahrzadnews: Iran’s electoral laws still prohibit blind and deaf people from standing for parliament. According to official statistics, there are currently up to 300,000 blind and partially sighted people in Iran. Recently 67 Iranian MPs asked the Majles (parliament) speaker to floor a debate on the issue, with a view to removing from the constitution the article that denies them a role in the country’s legislative organs. The Majles opposed the move however, and the discriminatory regulation remains in force. Most of the world’s parliaments not only admit the blind, but provide special facilities for them.
Female MP Fatima Aliya, one of the signatories to the petition, told the ISNA news agency that they are looking into a way of using new communications technology to solve the problem.