Together submits joint GB report to Universal Periodic Review

Categories: General measures of implementation and Universal Periodic Review

23rd September 2016

Together, in partnership with the Children's Rights Alliance for England and Wales UNCRC Monitoring Group, has submitted a GB children's rights report to the United Nations as part of its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the UK.

The report has drawn from evidence gathered by Together from its members through the 2015 report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, as well as its 2016 State of Children's Rights seminars and survey. Many of the recommendations made echo those made by the UN Committee in its Concluding Observations to the UK earlier this year.

A key focus of the report is the need to safeguard and enhance children's rights protections in law. Concerns are raised regarding the proposed repeal of the Human Rights Act and calls are made to ensure the principles and provisions of the UNCRC are directly applicable and judiciable under domestic law. Whilst the progress made in Scotland is recognised, such as the First Minister's commitment to explore the incorporation of international treaties and the use of Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessments at a Scottish Government level, it is clear that more needs to be done. Particular issues are raised around the discrimination faced by children and young people as well as homelessness, child poverty, mental health, school exclusions and attainment, and the many serious concerns around the rights of asylum seeking and refugee children.

Together will continue to work with its members, and its sister organisations in England and Wales, to ensure that the issues presented in this report are raised at the Human Rights Council as part of the UK's Universal Periodic Review and form part of the Scottish and UK Government's work to improve the implementation of children's rights across Scotland.

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