Archive for June 15th, 2018

15/06/2018

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day — A Violation of Older People’s Human Rights

15 June 2018 (UN)* — Elder abuse can be defined as “a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person”.
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Elder abuse can take various forms such as physical, psychological or emotional, sexual and financial abuse. It can also be the result of intentional or unintentional neglect.

In many parts of the world elder abuse occurs with little recognition or response. Until recently, this serious social problem was hidden from the public view and considered mostly a private matter.

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15/06/2018

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – Global Population of People Aged 60 Years and Older Will More than Double, Reaching 2 Billion in 2050 

15 June 2018 — Virtually all countries are expected to see substantial growth in the number of older persons between 2015 and 2030, and that growth will be faster in developing regions.*

Because the numbers of older persons are growing, the amount of elder abuse can be expected to grow with it.

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15/06/2018

Financial Abuse of Elderly ‘Rampant, But Invisible’ — UN Human Rights Expert

Human Wrongs Watch

Older people are increasingly subject to financial abuse, in many cases by their own family members, a United Nations human rights expert on 14 June 2018 warned.  

 

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World Bank/Celine Ferre | Two elderly retirees chat on park bench | Photo from UN News Centre
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“Financial abuse of older persons is rampant but largely invisible, and the problem is expected to grow dramatically with the ageing of our societies”, said the UN-appointed independent expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, in a statement to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June.
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15/06/2018

LETTER FROM AFGHANISTAN: Elections Serve Up Food for Thought, for Afghan Youth

Human Wrongs Watch

By Philip Smucker*

14 June 2018 — At the newly-established “50/50” fast food restaurant on the tree-lined streets of Herat, in the west of Afghanistan, business is brisk as deliveries are whisked away, on the back of motorbikes to hungry customers across the ancient city. 

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UNAMA/Fraidoon Poya | Farhad Majidi, the owner of the fast-food 50/50 restaurant.
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But for the people of Herat, it’s more than pizza and sandwiches that are on their minds; the real food for thought is whether to participate in key parliamentary and district elections in October later this year. 
15/06/2018

Key Yemeni Port City Is ‘Shelled and Bombarded’ — UN Rushes to Deliver Aid 

As the Yemeni port city of Hodeida continues to come under attack from Saudi-led coalition forces on Thursday 14 June 2018, seeking to drive out Houthi rebels who control the city, the United Nations and humanitarian partners are rushing to provide life-saving assistance to thousands of vulnerable families there.

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UN OCHA/Giles Clarke | Cars and trucks wait in line to pass over a bridge that was hit by an airstrike in 2016. This road is one of four roads linking Hodeida (Al Hudayda) with the rest of the country.
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“Dozens of UN staff are in the city helping to deliver food, water and health services,” said Lise Grande, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, in statement. “We estimate that 600,000 civilians are in the city – many of whom are dependent on assistance to survive.”

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