Members of UK Joint Committee on Human Rights formally appointed members

Date: 16th July 2015
Category: Scotland-specific monitoring and reporting, Other human rights treaties and mechanisms

The Joint Committee on Human Rights which examines matters relating to human rights within the UK has formally appointed members from the House of Lords and is awaiting members from the House of Commons.

The Joint Committee on Human Rights consists of twelve members, appointed from both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

On 16th July 2015 the House of Lords appointed the following as members of the Committee:

- Baroness Buscombe (Conservative)
- Baroness Hamwee (Liberal Democrat)
- Lord Henley (Conservative)
- Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon (Labour)
- Baroness Prosser (Labour)
- Lord Woolf (Cross- bencher)

It is expected that the House of Commons will appoint six members to the Committee shortly after the return of the House on Monday 7th September. The newly reconstituted Committee will hold its first meeting as soon as practicable thereafter. Details will be announced on the website when known.

In March 2015, Together submitted evidence to the previous Joint Committee's inquiry on UK compliance with UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

Together highlighted the impact of reserved powers on children's rights in Scotland and highlighted the need for a mechanism to be put in place to ensure that the UK Government's exercise of reserved powers is assessed for its impact on the human rights of children in Scotland and the other devolved nations.