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15. 6. 2017

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Ljubljana, 15 June 2017 – Today marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, this year focusing on issues of financial abuse. On this occasion, the Ministry would like to appeal to possible victims and witnesses not to remain silent about instances of abuse, as they constitute a serious attack on the safety and dignity of the elderly.

 

Protecting the dignity of older persons is one of the human rights priorities of Slovenia's foreign policy. A year ago, Slovenia and a number of partner countries established the Group of Friends of the Rights of Older Persons at the UN headquarters in Geneva, and this year, it is a co-organiser of the discussion on this topic to take place on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on the margins of the 35th UN Human Rights Council session.

 

The financial abuse and exploitation of older persons are subtle, yet – according to some estimates – the most frequent forms of abuse of the elderly in Slovenia. International data show that from 5 to 10% of the elderly worldwide are subjected to some form of financial exploitation. This type of abuse or exploitation ranges from stealing their cash, unauthorised use of bank cards and appropriation of valuables to coercing them to sign contracts or wills. Victims often fail to report such abuse out of fear or shame, as perpetrators tend to be family members. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which we are marking today, is a good opportunity to raise the awareness of victims, perpetrators and the wider public of the total unacceptability of such actions.

 

At the international level, Slovenia will continue to strive for the comprehensive protection of the elderly and enforcement of their rights in various forums. One such opportunity will be in the framework of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing, which will hold a meeting in New York in July.