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Human Rights in Scotland


The Human Rights Consortium Scotland has published information about the event that SCoD, GCVS and Voluntary Action Scotland held in June 2017 on business and human rights in Scotland: go to hrcscotland.org/2017/12/11/summary-of-3rd-sector-event-on-business-and-human-rights/

13 December 2017

The Equalities and Human Rights Committee at the Scottish Parliament has published its report

“Looking Ahead to the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2018-19: Making the Most of Equalities and Human Rights Levers

and our paper, written jointly with Glasgow Volunteer Centre, GCVS and Voluntary Action Scotland, gets several mentions.

The full report is available on the Equalities and Human Rights Committee page

For example:

Page 3, point 16 – In their joint submission to us, Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector, Scottish Council on Deafness, Scottish Voluntary Action and Volunteer Glasgow (GVCS, SCoD, VAS & VG) said an “explicit statement and a distinct methodology on human rights must underpin the process and evidence gathered to monitor impact in the short, medium and longer term.

Page 4, point 19 – GVCS, SCoD, VAS & VG saw ensuring the budget is human rights compliant as a “deliberate, concrete and targeted step” which would go some way towards the obligations set out in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Page 4, point 21 – In addition, GVCS, SCoD, VAS & VG, suggested a coordinated approach with the Joint Committee on Human Rights at the UK Parliament because “there was an opportunity to raise human rights compliance in budget setting with the UK Parliament as the exercise of reserved powers can make Scotland fairer . For example, the majority of social security powers and budget remain with the UK Government and Westminster Parliament.”

 You can read our submission here.



11 December 2017

The Scotland Declaration on Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is 70 years old this year and states:

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”.

SCVO, the Human Rights Consortium Scotland, Scottish Human Rights Commission and the Equality and Human Rights Commission would like support from organisations across Scotland for their Scotland Declaration on Human Rights. To read the declaration and find out how to offer support, please go to humanrightsdeclaration.scot/

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