The Human Rights of Older Persons and Long-term Care

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In January 2015, the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) in partnership with six European countries among those Lithuania, commenced a project on The Human Rights of Older Persons and Long-term Care. Running until June 2017, the goal of the project is to improve the human rights protection of older persons in long-term care, with particular emphasis on residential care.

The project aims to:

Describe the human rights situation of older persons in care in Europe

Introduce a human-rights based approach to the long-term care sector

Support NHRIs to carry out monitoring work in LTC, and increase recognition of their role

The Project has three main phases:

1) Desk-based research on the human rights standards relevant to older persons in long-term care, and a human rights-based approach to care;

2) Monitoring of the human rights situation of the elderly in long-term care in six representative EU Member States;

3) Awareness-raising of a human rights-based approach to care, and the Project.

A critical phase of the project is the monitoring of the human rights situation of older persons in six pilot countries: Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania and Romania.

The monitoring is done with the support of NHRIs from the six pilot countries:

The Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities (Belgium)

The Ombudsman of the Republic of Croatia

The German Human Rights Institute

The Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights Hungary

The Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office of the Republic of Lithuania

The Romanian Institute for Human Rights

The project is an innovative example of bringing European NHRIs together to address the life experiences of a large section of our society that is so often hidden from view. The Project receives funding from the European Commission, DG Employment Social Affairs and Inclusion, Social Protection Unit.

More information about project is available on ENNHRI webpage.