Call for governments to better protect the rights of older people

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A UN treaty to protect the rights of older people is being championed by a group that builds awareness on global ageing issues.

HelpAge International hopes that a UN panel on ageing, which is meeting in New York this week, will lead to the adoption of the treaty.

Kenneth Hemley, an activist with the group, told Anzhelika Devis that the rights of older people were being trampled on by neglect and abuse.

As fertility rates decline around the world, the number of people over the age of 60 is expected to reach 2 billion by 2050. Older people often experience discrimination and violence.

He also told Anzhelika Devis about other issues confronting people in old age.

Duration: 4’52″

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