Working Group on Ageing and the Human Rights of Older Persons

GANHRI established the GANHRI Working Group on Ageing in 2012

Purpose

  • Support NHRI contribution to the UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWGA)
  • Discuss measures for international cooperation for the protection and promotion of human rights of older persons and
  • Foster GANHRI’s advocacy efforts for the extension of formal participation rights for NHRIs in the work of the OEWGA and international processes leading up to the consideration of a binding instrument on the rights of older persons.

Current Membership

The Working Group is composed of 8 GANHRI members; namely two members from each of the four GANHRI regional networks, and a representative of the GANHRI Chairperson designated by him or her, supported by the GANHRI HO.

  • Peru – Defensoria del Pueblo
  • El Salvador – Procuraduria para la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos
  • Korea – National Human Rights Commission (Chair)
  • Philippines – Commission on Human Rights
  • Georgia – Public Defender’s Office
  • Poland – Commissioner for Human Rights (Vice Chair)
  • Kenya – National Commission on Human Rights
  • Nigeria – National Human Rights Commission
  • Egypt – National Council for Human Rights

Recent activities

We delivered a statement at OEWGA14  emphasising the crucial role that National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) play in protecting and promoting the rights of older persons.

We welcomed the historical consensual adoption of decision 14/1 and the involvement of
NHRIs in identifying gaps and recommendations for the protection of older persons.

We also highlighted the need to close the significant gaps in the national and international protection of
older persons, including the lack of specific data, challenges in policy integration, and the
absence of a targeted, legally binding international instrument for their rights.

 

Preparatory meeting for NHRIs before OEWGA14 – 22 February 2024

Around 70 participants from NHRIs across the world participated in this online meeting  hosted by the GANHRI Working Group on Ageing and older persons, to discuss NHRIs’ engagement before and during the Fourteenth Session of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWGA14) and to explore additional ways of collaboration.

The meeting saw the participation of OHCHR and Dr Claudia Mahler, UN Independent Expert on the Human Rights of Older Persons.

 

On 14th December 2023, Members and Observers of GANHRI Working Group on Ageing and the Human Rights of Older Persons met online to share activities and good practices and discuss recent developments concerning the protection of human rights of older persons at the international level.

The meeting further addressed the GANHRI Bureau decision to develop a GANHRI position paper and advocacy tools to support all members in their work in strengthening the protection and promotion of the human rights of older persons. The position paper and advocacy tools will be developed in close consultation with all members.

 

OEWGA 13th Session 3-6 April 2023

Joint statement of 26 NHRIs: Read here; All statements can be found here

Engagement with UN Mechanisms

  • 52nd session of the UN Human Rights Council: WG statement to support the report of OHCHR and call for further cooperation of NHRIs, Civil society in moving further.
  • 54th session UN Human Rights Council: Joint statement of 15 A status NHRIs to support the Independent Expert report on Older Persons (IE) and to call for an international legally binding convention. The WG also contributed to GANHRI statement https://ganhri.org/ganhri-statement-on-hr-of-older-persons-hrc54/

Statement by the Commission of Human Rights of the Philippines at the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWGA) in March 2021

Statement of Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit, Focal Commissioner on Ageing and the Rights of Older Persons – 11th Session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing | 29-31 March 2021