UN Chief calls for stronger laws to protect the elderlyListen /
UN Member States are being urged to enact and enforce stronger laws and strategies to protect elderly people from abuse.
UN Secretary-General made the appeal ahead of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day observed every year on 15 June.
Elderly people in all societies can be vulnerable to physical, psychological and financial abuse.
Older women are at particular risk due to widespread discriminatory attitudes and practices.
Mr Ban Ki-moon said elder abuse was an "under-acknowledged social, public health and human rights issue".
All human beings are born with equal and inalienable rights, he noted, and have the right to age with dignity, respected by their families and communities, free of neglect, abuse and violence.
Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.