Aimed at strengthening the protection of the human rights of older persons, this group met for the third time and in its first session focused on discrimination in the areas of employment, health care, social and financial exclusion, and those persons living in poverty. International NGOs were welcome to offer experiences they have had with barriers and also good laws and practices. Some specific barriers include abuse, exclusion from community job training (especially in technology), little or no medical attention, limited credit or lack of land ownership due to age, as well as limited loans and mortgages. Abuse and violence of older persons complicate barriers. In addition to addressing these barriers, NGOs emphasized the need for a Convention on the Rights of Older Persons, since these rights are not currently explicit in the human rights framework. Long term and palliative care are also issues that need attention.


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