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Many people experience infringements of their human rights in later life.

Sadly abuse, neglect and undignified treatment are all too frequent occurrences and human rights standards provide vital protection for older people by helping to change practice and procedure, culture and attitudes, and offering redress when breaches of human rights have taken place.

Equality and human rights legislation, in the shape of the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998, provides a comprehensive range of tools with which to address breaches of older people’s fundamental rights to freedom, respect, equality, dignity and autonomy.

There are also five main articles of the European Convention on Human Rights that are significant for older people:

  • Article 2 - Right to life

  • Article 3 - Prohibition of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment

  • Article 5 - Right to liberty

  • Article 8 - Right to respect for private and family life

  • Article 14 - Prohibition of discrimination

Rights for Older People has been set up to work with government and other organisations to ensure the law is implemented effectively and not diminished, and to encourage service providers to take a proactive approach to the promotion and protection of older people’s rights.