International agreements

The rights laid down in international agreements generally apply to older persons in the same way they do to other people. There are currently no international agreements or documents that focus specifically on the rights of older persons. Even so, many international human rights agreements and other international and regional mechanisms are also essential with regard to the rights of older persons.

The majority of documents that cover the human rights of older persons are non-binding, meaning they are soft law instruments that do not legally bind countries.