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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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