Inter-American Convention on Protecting the Human Rights of Older Persons

OASThe Americas becomes the first region in the world to have an instrument for the promotion and protection of the rights of older persons!

The member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) today approved the Inter-American Convention on Protecting the Human Rights of Older Persons during the General Assembly of the institution, which was immediately signed by the governments of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica and Uruguay at OAS headquarters in Washington DC.

“This is a very important step for everyone. Our slogan of ‘More rights for more people’ is fully in the logic of the Convention, which reaffirms the hemispheric dimension of our work, in this case the commitment to ensure the full enjoyment of the rights of older people, taking into account their needs and specific requirements”
Secretary General Luis Almagro

Note: The Resolution has been passed though it is noted that Canada and the United States of America did not endorse (see footnote in draft resolution).