Human Rights of the Senior Citizens in Bangladesh: Political, Administrative and Economic Challenges

Md. Zahid Hossain

Department of Political Science, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh.

S. M. Akram Ullah

Department of Political Science, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh.

A. K. M. Mahmudul Haque *

Department of Political Science, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

Human rights are the essential rights to all for their proper living and proper amplification of the qualities of human personality. These common rights are recognized by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and also incorporated in the constitution of Bangladesh. But in some cases, these rights are violated in many ways. This study is an attempt to depict the causes and challenges for which the senior citizens cannot enjoy these rights properly. Its finding presents the political, administrative and economic challenges of human rights of the elderly people. Study sample of this research consisted of 60 respondents divided into three categories such as old home, general and key respondents. They were both male and female. This study has been conducted on the basis of primary and secondary sources of data collected through face to face interview and content analysis techniques. The finding revealed that a number of challenges and hostilities cumber the senior citizens in the way of their enjoying human rights with satisfaction. 48% of the senior citizens who belong to lower economic class earn their livelihood by begging. Political challenges like insufficient laws, inadequate national economy, corruption and nepotism; administrative challenges like lack of old home, lack of distinct institutions; and the poverty are responsible for this situation. This study recommends that raising moralities and consciousness, creating proper laws and their proper enforcement, establishing old homes, resistant social movement against all sorts of corruption can play an important role to prevent human rights violation of the senior citizens.

Keywords: Human rights, human rights challenges, old home, Rajshahi district, senior citizens.


How to Cite

Hossain, Md. Zahid, S. M. Akram Ullah, and A. K. M. Mahmudul Haque. 2020. “Human Rights of the Senior Citizens in Bangladesh: Political, Administrative and Economic Challenges”. Advances in Research 21 (12):31-40. https://doi.org/10.9734/air/2020/v21i1230278.

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