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Thursday, 5 August 2010

Elderly across Europe live in extreme hardship and poverty

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''Hundreds of thousands of elderly persons across Europe are struggling for their everyday survival. European leaders should develop adequate policies to improve the living conditions of this vulnerable group of people'' said the Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg.

''Many elderly suffer a shocking level of poverty. They tend to be ignored by politicians and are often seen as being non-productive and worthless in modern society. Their human rights must not be further undermined by governments’ austerity programmes.'' (more ...)

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