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Volume on human rights and care of elderly
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20 Jun 2024 / human rights Print

Volume on human rights and care of elderly

A volume by human-rights lawyer Dr Maeve O’Rourke has been published by Oxford University Press.

'Human Rights and the Care of Older People' explores the potential for the rule against torture and ill-treatment in international human rights law to better protect older people from care-related mistreatment.

Rapidly ageing

Set against the rapid ageing of the world's population, the book's analysis is prompted by the widespread reports of older people's suffering due to lack of access to care and coercion in respect of care needs.

This includes the deprivation of liberty for 'care'.

While recognising that a new United Nations Convention on the rights of older people is on the horizon, the book argues that there is a pressing need for older people and all human rights actors to use and progressively interpret the established right to freedom from torture and ill-treatment.

The book can be ordered in hardback from https://legalbooks.ie/

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