New Law will Protect Legal Rights of Disabled Citizens and Residents

Lawmakers and associations worked on the law together. Image: La Moncloa

“Fair, social, egalitarian and dignified” says the Minister for Justice

Spain has approved a new law to further protect the legal rights of disabled citizens and residents.

The law recognizes equal legal capacity for people with disabilities and it eliminates discriminatory concepts such as incapacitation, extended and rehabilitated parental authority, and the institution of guardianship for persons over the age of 18.

The Minister of Justice, Juan Carlos Campo, said he is pleased with the “fair, social, egalitarian and dignified” new law which reaches international standards for protecting the rights of disabled people.

Campo said the law, and the process of drafting it showed, “there is another way of doing politics, with the formula of agreement, consensus, reciprocal sacrifice and pitching in.”

He thanked all those “who have contributed their best to produce a text that represents us all, and what is more important, makes us be a better society” especially disability groups and associations that had been pivotal in their work with the government. “They illuminated the way we had to go,” he said.

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Deirdre Tynan

Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.