636. The right to participate in free elections in international law.

The right to vote and to participate in free elections is recognised under most of the major global human rights instruments including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights1, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights2, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination3, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women4, the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers5 and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities6, in addition to the European Convention on Human Rights7. Other regional human rights instruments also protect