Scottish Human Rights Commission publishes its annual report

Date: 19th November 2019

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The Annual Report outlines the Commission’s continued efforts to promote and protect human rights and enhance rights-based policy making and legislation.

It welcomes several important developments throughout the last year, including the recommendations from the First Minister’s Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership on bringing forward a new Act of the Scottish Parliament to put economic, social and cultural rights, as well as environmental rights, directly into Scotland’s law, as well as the announcement of the development of a Scottish financial redress scheme for survivors of childhood abuse.

The report details the Commission’s activities and impact in 2018-19 under each of their ten operational outcomes. 

  • UK and Scottish Governments and public authorities more effectively implement international human rights obligations
  • the Scottish Parliament acts as a human rights guarantor through improved structures, procedures and awareness
  • more people have a better understanding of human rights and what they mean
  • people with lived experience of human rights issues increasingly influence decisions that affect their human rights
  • more organisations apply a human rights-based approach throughout their work
  • more people feel confident and equipped to claim their rights and hold government, parliament and other public bodies to account
  • human rights standards are embedded and used more explicitly in regulation, inspection and monitoring frameworks
  • Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP) is achieving its medium term outcomes
  • international human rights standards and good practice are developed, informed by and better understood by relevant domestic and international stakeholders
  • the Commission builds its strength as an organisation to support the effective and efficient delivery of the Strategic and Operational Plan

Read the full report.