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The freedom to decide: what older people say about their rights to autonomy and independence

25 January 2018

"It's the most beautiful thing there is, to be able to do what I want because I feel free. A person without independence would be as good as dead," a 71-year-old woman from Costa Rica told us. Being able to... Keep reading

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As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights approaches 70, it is about time to address ageism

07 December 2017

"All human beings are all born free and equal in dignity and rights" - Article 1, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Seventy years on and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights remains as important as ever. Article 1 is... Keep reading

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The UN is putting older people's rights under threat

11 July 2017

Being forced to retire at the age of 65, being denied credit or loans, falling the wrong side of an upper age limit for cancer screening - these are just some of the ways older age is used to... Keep reading (3 Comments)

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Human Rights Day: Standing up for older people's rights today and every day

09 December 2016

This year, to mark Human Rights Day on 10 December, the UN is calling on us all to stand up for someone's rights. This is important. But when millions of people around the world are denied their rights every... Keep reading

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Human Rights Day: 50 years on, age discrimination not sufficiently recognised

10 December 2015

This year Human Rights Day celebrates the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the International Covenant on Political, Civil, and Cultural Rights in 1966. In the current economic a Keep reading (2 Comments)

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