Participants in the process felt people need to know and understand their rights, and marginalised voices must be heard in decision-making.
The All Our Rights in Law project have published their report (this link will take you away from our website), informed by consultation and engagement with over 430 people across more than 35 community events. They found that there was strong support for embedding human rights in Scots law. However, participants also shared their concerns about ensuring a new Act is fully implemented.
The ALLIANCE took park in this process, hosting an event with All Our Rights In Law’s Clare MacGillivray in December. You can read the report from that event here.
Amongst the major themes that emerged from these events were:
- People need to know and understand their rights.
- Independent advocacy should be available to all.
- Voices of marginalised people should guide public decision-making.
- Learning should be applied from experience of rights during COVID-19.
All Our Rights in Law informed the work of the National Taskforce for Human Rights Leadership. The Taskforce’s report was published earlier this month, and their recommendations were accepted by the current Scottish Government. They intend to introduce a new Human Rights Bill to give effect to the recommendations, including incorporating UN Treaties such as the Convention on the Rights of Disabled People into Scots law.
The ALLIANCE welcomes this commitment, and calls on all parties to give similar assurances so that regardless of which party (or parties) forms the next Scottish Government, human rights are priority.
The All Our Rights in Law report is available in a range of formats (all of the following links will take you away from our website):