Wed. Jul 24th, 2024

United Nations (UN) expert to visit Nigeria to assess human rights of older persons

Claudia Mahler, United Nations Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of All Human Rights by Older Persons, will make an official visit to Nigeria between 29 August 2022 and 9 September 2022.

“As the most populous country in Africa, Nigeria’s population is increasingly ageing, and older persons are projected to represent a significant portion of the society by 2050,” the expert said.

“During this visit, I look forward to learning more about Nigeria’s legal framework, policies and strategies in relation to older persons and how it addresses the human rights concerns of its ageing population. I am particularly interested in discussing the Older Persons (Rights and Privileges) Bill that aims to address current social and economic challenges faced by older persons,” she added.

During her visit, the Independent Expert will evaluate social security and protection, elder abuse, care provision and ageism and their meaningful participation to the labour force. She will focus on older persons’ rights in specific contexts including humanitarian and emergency situations related to conflict and climate change. “I will focus particularly on older persons facing multiple forms of discrimination, including older women, older refugees and internally displaced persons and older persons with disabilities,” Mahler said.

The expert, who is visiting Nigeria at the invitation of the Government, will hold discussions in Abuja, Ibadan, Lagos and Makurdi with government representatives, UN officials and civil society organisations working with older persons.

At the conclusion of her visit, the expert will hold a press conference in Abuja at 2 PM (WAT) to share her preliminary observations. Journalists will have restricted access.

In September 2023, she will present a complete report on her country visit to Human Rights Council.

Distributed by APO Group, Office of the UN Haut Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

APO has issued this Press Release. The content has not been reviewed by African Business. The content of this announcement is solely at the issuer’s responsibility.


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