All Humans Have Right to Age with Dignity, Says Secretary-General in Message for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

13 June 2014
SG/SM/15941-OBV/1345

All Humans Have Right to Age with Dignity, Says Secretary-General in Message for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

13 June 2014
Secretary-General
SG/SM/15941 OBV/1345
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

All Humans Have Right to Age with Dignity, Says Secretary-General

 

In Message for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

 

Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, to be observed on 15 June:

Elderly people in all societies can be vulnerable to physical, psychological and financial abuse.  Older women are at particular risk due to widespread discriminatory attitudes and practices.  On this World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, I call on Member States to enact and enforce stronger laws and strategies to address all aspects of this underacknowledged social, public health and human rights issue.  All human beings are born with equal and inalienable rights, and have the right to age with dignity, respected by their families and communities, free of neglect, abuse and violence.

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