The Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, Claudia Mahler, has recently published a report on the ‘Impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons‘.
The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the human rights protection challenges facing older persons in societies around the world. Its impact on older persons has broader consequences, with prolonged lockdowns affecting the social and economic well-being of older persons.
To inform a human rights-based approach to older persons in the context of COVID-19, there continues to be an urgent need for disaggregated data, which was the focus of another Independent Expert’s thematic report ‘Human rights of older persons: The Data Gap Conundrum‘. This need will remain valid as States tackle prevention and the ongoing response to the spread of the pandemic.