Article 10 Project launched
Date: 27th August 2014
Named after Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), The Human Rights Consortium Scotland (HRCS) has launched a new campaign so that human rights are widely recognised as a set of values and standards that unite us all.
Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This includes freedom to hold opinions and receive and share information and ideas without interference by a public body except in particular situations e.g. protecting national security.
The HRCS Article 10 Project seeks to:
- Inform people about human rights.
They have produced 'Wee Information Notes' on 10 subjects focusing on issues people think are important, now, alongside two general leaflets.
- Assure people that human rights are relevant to their everyday lives.
The current debate in Scotland on the pros and cons of independence is an example of us all exercising our right to form an opinion under Article 10 of the ECHR. To vote in free and fair elections is also a human right (Article 3, Protocol 1 of the ECHR).
- Acknowledge that we each have a role in the equal enjoyment of human rights.
For example, to respect the right of people to hold different opinions on sport, on the Referendum, etc.
- Secure long-term gain.
During the Referendum Campaign they ask people to declare their support for human rights being centre stage in modern Scotland, whatever the outcome.