General briefings, statements and letters

If rights are ignored, vulnerable people not protected and supported, and decisions taken which inappropriately benefit some over others, then our societies will be weakened in the longer term.

Health and social care

 9 April 2020

Clinical guidance would be significantly enhanced by explicit consideration of and reference to human rights standards and principles, which legally underpin the duties on those on the frontline tasked with making difficult decisions at this time.

Prisons and places of detention

People in prison are an extremely vulnerable population and those working in prisons are key frontline workers providing a vital public service. The epidemiological evidence is clear that prisons are places of high risk in the current pandemic.

Justice and policing

The Commission welcomes the Cabinet Secretary’s approach in consulting key stakeholders to discuss workable solutions to the challenges the coronavirus pandemic poses to Scotland’s criminal justice system.

Economic, social & cultural rights

6 May 2020

Legislation and regulations should be scrutinised in terms of their impact on people’s economic, social and cultural rights, such as the right to an adequate standard of living, the right to food and the right to health.

Economic recovery

29 April 2020

The Commission and the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) call for a human rights based approach to budget setting and spending decisions following the coronavirus pandemic.

Resources and rights are inextricably linked. It is vital therefore that decisions about economic recovery from COVID-19 are informed by and rooted in a comprehensive and robust rights-based analysis.