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. Never before in history have so many older people been living, and life expectancy in every region is increasing. 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.