This statement on the resolution on the protection fo the family was made by AWID at the 35th session of the Human Rights Council.
In Vienna, States reaffirmed their commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In that vein, we would like to express our strong concerns about the draft resolution on the protection of the family [A/HRC/35/L.21 on “Protection of the Family: Role of the family in supporting the protection and promotion of human rights of older persons.”]
Together with NGOs working on the rights of older persons, we highlight that this resolution:
- reinforces ageist stereotypes,
- fails to adequately recognize older persons as individual rightsholders and
- falls far short of States’ obligations to respect, protect and fulfil their rights.