Human rights should be central to Scottish Parliament’s business

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The ALLIANCE has outlined steps that could be taken to strengthen the Scottish Parliament's approach to considering human rights.

An ongoing inquiry by the Equalities and Human Rights Committee is examining the extent to which human rights are embedded in to the fabric of the Scottish Parliament.

Our Director of Policy and Communications, Lucy Mulvagh recently gave evidence to the committee to provide an assessment on progress made to date, and outline practical steps that could be taken to improve the way that human rights shape the Scottish Parliament’s approach.

Some key points from the evidence session included:

  • empowerment is not just about informing people about their rights, but about facilitating and enabling them to take the actions necessary to enjoy those rights
  • human rights are everybody’s business, so they should transcend every aspect of the Parliament’s work and reach across the work of all committees
  • the designation of a ‘Human Rights Rapporteur’ for each committee could be a positive step in the broader mainstreaming of human rights across Parliament
  • there should be progressive mainstreaming of explicitly dedicated time, for each committee and in other parliamentary work, to address equalities and human rights issues

The ALLIANCE’s contribution to the evidence session begins in the above video at 1 hour 32 minutes and 20 seconds.