Saturday, July 26, 2014
The Chicago Declaration on the Rights of Older Persons is a new human rights document intended to stimulate debate on how to improve protections for older persons.
Here is an excerpt from the Declaration. Article 1 sets forth the "Purpose and Core Principles" of the Declaration:
Article 1 – Purpose and Core Principles
(a) The purpose of this Declaration is to provide, advance, and promote a basis for the development of a convention on the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by older persons, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.
(b) The principles recognized by this Declaration are:
- Respect for inherent dignity;
- Respect for individual autonomy, including the freedom to make one’s own choices;
- Respect for the independence and capabilities of older persons;
- Respect for interdependence and caring relationships;
- Respect for non-discrimination and equality under law;
- Respect for family relationships and intergenerational solidarity;
- Respect for full and effective participation and inclusion in society;
- Respect for and recognition of older persons as part of human and cultural diversity; and
- Respect for aging as an integral and continuous part of life.