Together’s recommendations to the First Minister: Incorporate UN treaty rights into Scots law

Date: 24th June 2019
Category: Incorporation, General measures of implementation, Civil Rights and Freedoms, Policies & procedures, Reporting to and monitoring the UNCRC


Together, along with our civil society partners, has written to the First Minister calling for a strong and effective legal framework to progress human rights in Scotland.

As Brexit uncertainty looms, Together and partners welcome the Scottish Government’s  commitment to ensuring that human rights in Scotland should be progressed and not regressed. The letter welcomes recommendations from the First Minister’s Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership, including one to create a new Act of the Scottish Parliament that incorporates UN treaty rights and standards into Scots law. The letter looks forward to Scottish Government’s fuller response to the Advisory Group’s recommendations, noting that this should be accompanied by a commitment that sufficient resources will be made available to support reforms.

The work around reforming the legal framework for human rights, coincides with Scottish Government’s commitment to incorporate the UNCRC into Scots law. Together and partners strongly welcome this and urge the Scottish Government to make this new legislation as strong as possible.

Read the letter here