Rights of Older People

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.


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A guide about rights for people in nursing homes and their families. 

Read the Guide Here