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A focus on rights of the older persons in the UN Open-ended Working Group on Ageing

9 July 2017

IMG 1254Upon an invitation of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions, Vytautas Valentinavičius, Chief Public Relations Counsellor represented the Seimas Ombudsmen‘s Office, which has recently become an accredited national human rights institution, at the United Nations Open-ended Working Group on Ageing.

National human rights institutions accredited with an A status by the UN for the first time had an opportunity to participate in the 8th session of the OEWG and discuss burning issues of equality and non-discrimination on the basis of age as well as neglect, violence and abuse against older persons.

Participants of the working group meeting talked about problems related to securing of older persons’ rights at the long-term care institutions and home environment. At the meeting, big attention was also drawn to discussions of problems on protection against violence, discrimination experienced by the older persons in the labour market as well as other spheres of social life.

Representatives of the national human rights institutions from Germany, Lithuania, Croatia and Poland spoke for the establishment of the united mechanism for the protection of the older persons’ rights, discussed existing international documents that do not encompass all the human rights protection issues faced by the older persons in different regions of the world.

In the special event of the working group, results of the research of the project Human Rights of Older Persons in Long-Term Care, implemented by the ENNHRI and the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office, were introduced and most acute problems in social care institutions discussed.

During the main session of the working group, a representative of the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office Vytautas Valentinavičius presented a position of the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office regarding protection of the rights of older persons in the country with a particular focus on human rights problems observed in care institution.


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