The UDHR, the foundation of all international human rights law and standards, is still just as relevant today as it was 63 years ago. Even the first words, “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights” are still wholly resonant with people all over the world.
Human Rights Day is a chance for everyone to celebrate this universal charter, and as Age Scotland has been deeply involved in improving the rights of older people in Scotland, the UK and abroad we wanted to highlight the day.
Working in partnership to protect human rights
Many older people face uncertainty with health, social care, housing and employment opportunities, particularly those who are vulnerable. Their rights need to be protected and Age Scotland has been working with the Scottish Human Rights Commission to make sure this happens.
The SHRC developed the Care about Rights project in 2010 with input from Age Scotland and other organisations. It is a training and awareness raising programme that clarifies human rights for people who work in the care sector. It is also for people who use care and support services and their families.
In April this year the SHRC shared the experience of the Care about Rights project in New York with the first session of the United Nations open-ended working group on strengthening the protection of the human rights of older persons.
Since the start of the project training has been delivered to over 1,000 people and all of the resources are freely available on the SHRC website.
If you are particularly interested in human rights issues for older people in care and support services, a Scottish report has recently been published.
The Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee published its Inquiry Report into the Regulation of Care for Older People in Scotland. While Age Scotland welcomed some findings in the report, other elements were less satisfactory. You can read the Charity’s response here and we will continue to put pressure on decision makers to ensure that the rights of older people are put first in Scotland.
Keen to learn more? Visit the Age Scotland policy pages and read more about what we are doing to protect the human rights of older people in Scotland and further afield.