The law has been supported by organizations such as the Colombian Network for Active and Worthy Aging and the Colombian Organization for Pensioners.
The Constitutional Court gave free rein to Law 2055 of 2020 through which it is approved, “the Inter-American Convention on the Protection of the Human Rights of the elderly”.
The purpose of the law is protect the rights of the elderly related to the protection of equality, live with dignity, non-discrimination and the recognition of political rights.
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“Promote, protect and ensure the recognition and full enjoyment, under conditions of equality, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of the elderly, in order to contribute to their full inclusion, integration and participation in society”, it is noted about the law.
The law was promoted by Senator Iván Cepeda and Congresswoman Aida Avella before the Congress of the Republic, in order to host the convention adopted in Washington on June 15, 2015.
“The right to preferential access to justice for those who are at risk at an advanced age; and the possibility of going to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) directly as a guarantee of their rights, ”Senator Cepeda warned in a statement.
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In its decision, the Court warned that, “the international instrument grants greater protection to the elderly (…), which includes a series of clear and direct obligations for the States parties”.
After the approval of the law in the Constitutional Court, the articles will be sent to President Iván Duque and to the President of Congress for their respective signature and application, “for the corresponding process of depositing the instrument of ratification before the Inter-American Human Rights System. ”Cepeda said in the statement.