Human Rights Taskforce publishes its recommendations

Date: 25th March 2021
Category: Incorporation, General measures of implementation

Illustration shows children making posters about their rights.

The National Taskforce for Human Rights Leadership has published its report and recommendations for a new human rights law for Scotland.

The report includes 30 recommendations – all of which have been accepted by Scottish Government – including calls to:

  • Incorporate a wide range of human rights instruments into Scots law, including the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women; Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Racial Discrimination; Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and others.
  • Include statutory rights for certain groups – including older people and LGBTI people
  • Introduce additional powers for the Scottish Human Rights Commission

The report follows extensive community engagement by the All our Rights in Law project, led in partnership by the Human Rights Consortium Scotland and Scottish Human Rights Commission.

As part of this project, Together worked with Aberlour, Scottish Refugee Council, YouthLink Scotland and the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities to facilitate engagement sessions with children and young people whose opinions fed into the final report.

  • Read the Taskforce’s final report here.
  • Read the report from Together’s engagement sessions with children and young people here.
  • Find our more about the All our Rights in Law project here.