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Rights of the elderly: an emerging human rights discourse

Md Abdul Malek (Department of Law, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Muhammad Abdur Razzak (Islamic University, Kushtia, Bangladesh and Bangladesh Islami University, Dhaka, Bangladesh)

International Journal of Law and Management

ISSN: 1754-243X

Article publication date: 13 March 2017




This paper aims to demonstrate the specialty of the elderly issues and acknowledge the existence of their specific human rights that propose for a special treatment to be given or shown to them as priority as women or children, etc. Indubitably, the very issue is timely in all perspective. Because it is now axiomatic that the fastest growing elderly population becomes a challenge for the whole world for manifold reasons. They include, inter alia, the lack of a social security apparatus or if any, they are insufficient; the weakening of traditional family bonding; almost no explicit references to elderly people in existing international human right laws; and mere stand-by of soft law addressing the rights of the elderly over time. Consequently, these all have probably failed to meet the most urgent needs of this growing demographic.


This paper is an effort made to recognize the “particular vulnerability” of the older persons and with identification of “specific rights”, advocate for special treatment for them and, optimally, the realization of their rights with respect.


In addition, this treatise attempts to focus on the nature and constitutional importance of elderly rights with the aim of providing the elderly with social security and prioritization; and more particularly, scrutiny of the impending and timely imperative for formulation of new legal instrument so as to adequately address the issue globally.



Malek, M.A. and Razzak, M.A. (2017), "Rights of the elderly: an emerging human rights discourse", International Journal of Law and Management, Vol. 59 No. 2, pp. 284-302.



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