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March 24, 2014
Recommendation on the promotion of human rights of older persons

The Committee of Ministers adopted on 19 February 2014 the Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member States on the promotion of the human rights of older persons.

1. The purpose of the present recommendation is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all older persons, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.

2. The present recommendation applies to persons whose older age constitutes, alone or in interaction with other factors, including perceptions and attitudes, a barrier to the full enjoyment of their human rights and fundamental freedoms and their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis. It takes note that Council of Europe member States have identified chronological ages at national level whereby persons enjoy specific rights and advantages by reason of their older age.

3. Older persons shall fully enjoy the rights guaranteed in the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (hereinafter: “European Convention on Human Rights”) and the protocols thereto, the European Social Charter, opened for signature in 1961 and revised in 1996, and other relevant international human rights instruments, to the extent that member States are bound by them.

4. Older persons should have access to sufficient information about their rights.

5. Older persons should be appropriately consulted, through representative organisations, prior to the adoption of measures that have an impact on the enjoyment of their human rights.

6. Older persons shall enjoy their rights and freedoms without discrimination on any grounds, including age.

7. Member States should consider making explicit reference to “age” in their national anti-discrimination legislation.

8. Member States should take effective measures to prevent multiple discrimination of older persons.

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