New Recommendation on the Rights of Older People | NLIF

New Recommendation on the Rights of Older People

On 19 February 2014 the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted Recommendation Cm/Rec(2014)2 with the purpose to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by older persons without any discrimination. The Recommendation, which has been widely welcomed by those campaigning for the rights of older persons, requires member states to promote respect for older persons’ inherent dignity (paragraph 1), to guarantee their access to sufficient information about their rights (paragraph 4) and to ensure they are appropriately consulted prior to the adoption of measures having an impact on the enjoyment of their rights (paragraph 5).

The Recommendation was adopted by the Council of Ministers following an inclusive drafting process that ensured participation of a range of key stakeholders, including civil society.