Older Persons

Discussion are being held regarding a Convention on the Rights of Older Persons.Any new treaty,must adhere to CRPD standards that currently apply to older persons with disabilities.
Of particular concern to WNUSP are:
The right of all persons with disabilities to enjoy and exercise legal capacity in all aspects of life (CRPD Article 12).
Large numbers of older persons are under guardianship, which the Committee on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities holds to violate this provision; instead supported decision-making must be instituted, which respects the autonomy, will and preferences of the individual.
The right to liberty and security of the person, (CRPD Article 14) and the right to live
independently and be included in the community (CRPD Article 19).
Large numbers of older persons are deprived of their liberty in institutions which may be called
nursing homes or long term care facilities, as well as in psychiatric institutions. In these institutions they are also commonly subjected to administration of neuroleptics and other mind-altering drugs against their will or without their free and informed consent, a practice that has been condemned by the Special Rapporteur on Torture. Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities holds that institutional care systems must be eliminated and that involuntary internment based on a disability must be abolished; all health services including all mental health services must be based on free and informed consent of the person concerned.

Older Persons WNUSP August 2013

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