Myanmar-man (c) Hereward Holland_Age InternationalOn 7th May, World Health Day, the Steering Group of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older Persons (GAROP) released a statement about COVID-19 and the human rights of older persons. The statement calls for States to protect the human rights of older persons on an equal basis with others without discrimination and without exception and in line with international human rights standards.

You can read the full text of the statement and download a copy here.

The statement was released during the week when the UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing should have been meeting for its 11th session in New York. This session was curtailed and then postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic at the end of March. You can read GAROP’s response to this here.