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Human rights and equalities review of 2019

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A review of human rights and equalities activities for the ALLIANCE annual report.

This past year has been a busy one for the ALLIANCE’s work on human rights and equalities.

Alongside a core group of partners and members, we have been actively developing the second National Action Plan on Human Rights, while continuing to co-convene the Health and Social Care Action Group (this link will take you away from our website) of the first Action Plan. The draft second National Action Plan (this link will take you away from our website) is in part the result of a long-running process of national and local engagement with people and communities around the country – something the ALLIANCE has consistently supported and promoted.

The ALLIANCE’s aim is to incorporate equalities and human rights in all our work. Activity in 2019-2020 has included (amongst other things):

We also progressed our partnership work on human rights budget work with the Scottish Human Rights Commission, Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Glasgow. And as well as leading work on human rights in Scotland, we lent our support to the work of others, like Shelter Scotland’s campaign for housing rights.

Our 2019 Annual Conference again featured a Human Rights Zone, with workshops on rights in health and social care, and plans to incorporate international human rights into domestic Scots law. On this latter issue, the ALLIANCE was part of the Reference Group to the FM’s Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership (this link will take you away from our website), and – at the time of writing this report – is progressing plans to support the National Task Force on Human Rights Leadership (this link will take you away from our website).

The ALLIANCE has helped increase awareness and understanding of human rights through member training sessions, during evidence sessions at the Scottish Parliament (this link will take you away from our website), and in speaking engagements (this link will take you away from our website).

This is an exciting time for human rights in Scotland, with a very public and ambitious commitment at the highest levels of government to progress this agenda. In the coming year the ALLIANCE looks forward to continuing to forge ever-stronger relationships with our members and partners and ensure we realise our vision of a Scotland where everyone enjoys their rights to live well.