Rights of Older People

Millions of older people suffer human rights violations every year, ranging from discrimination and social and political exclusion, to abuses in nursing facilities, neglect in humanitarian settings, and denial and rationing of health care. Most of these abuses go undocumented and the perpetrators unpunished. With 2 billion people—a quarter of the world’s population—expected to be over 60 years of age by 2050, the rights of older people cannot be ignored. Human Rights Watch is setting out to make an impact for change for older people today and in the future.