Millions of older people around the globe experience human rights violations every year, ranging from age-based discrimination and social and political exclusion, to abuses in nursing facilities, neglect in refugee camps, and barriers to healthcare and other essential services. Most of these abuses go undocumented and those responsible not held to account. Covid-19 has exposed the dangerous price of ignoring the rights of older people. Never before in history have so many older people been living, and life expectancy in every region is increasing. Human Rights Watch works to improve the lives of older people today and in the future.

    A resident looks out from the window of the Florence Aged Care Facility amid the second wave of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Melbourne, Australia August 17, 2020.
    Time for Action to Protect Australia’s Older People
    We wish to highlight the importance of referring in the new instrument to the dignity, autonomy and independence of older persons, equality and participation in society. These principles should be affirmed in the preamble and in the text of the new convention that should also identify the necessary steps to ensure the protection from ageism, the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms by older persons.
  • Africa
    This submission is based on Human Rights Watch research on human rights issues impacting older women, including domestic violence, abuse, and neglect in residential institutions for older people, abuses during armed conflict, and health disparities.
    The human rights of older women