Rights of Older People

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights (The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948), yet increasingly the rights of older people are violated each and every single day.

These violations endanger the rights of older people to be safe, to have an active role in society and to be treated with respect and without discrimination. Furthermore, demographic ageing is creating new challenges, such as protecting the rights of people living with dementia, of older detainees, and the equitable allocation of resources in heath care. Access to justice, equality before the law, the rights to housing, individual privacy and a private life all require greater consideration.

Human rights treaties do exist, but there is no international legal mechanism that explicitly protects the human rights of older people. Consequently, implementation and information gaps exist globally and while some nations may better protect older people, the unequivocal fact is that a comprehensive, coherent legal mechanism does not exist to protect older people globally.

Age discrimination stands alongside racism and sexism acts that are unacceptable and untenable in today's society.

Abstracts that contribute to the evidence and debate on the need to better protect the rights of older people, as well as those dealing with the protection of older people from other vulnerable groups are especially sought.