Human Rights and COVID-19
General briefings, statements and letters
30 March 2020
- Briefing: COVID-19 Emergency Legislation in response to the Coronavirus Act 2020
2 April 2020
- News article: Briefing: Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020
17 April 2020
- Joint letter to Ruth Maguire, Convenor of the Scottish Parliament's Equalities and Human Rights Committee (EHRiC) with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland (CYPCS)
- News article: Scottish equality and human rights bodies join together in call for inquiry into implications of Covid-19
27 April 2020
- News article: Scottish equality and human rights bodies welcome inquiry into implications of Covid-19 (news section of website
28 April 2020
4 May 2020
13 May 2020
18 May 2020
21 May 2020
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.
Prisons and places of detention
2 April 2020
21 April 2020
- Commission welcomes plans to reduce COVID-19 risks in prisons through early release of those approaching end of sentences
- Briefing on prisons and COVID-19 for Cabinet Secretary for Justice, produced with HMIPS and IMPAG
18 May 2020
- Letter to Scottish Parliament Justice Committee expressing serious concerns about ongoing prison conditions
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
30 April 2020
The Commission is also a member of the Independent Advisory Group on Police Scotland's use of emergency powers.
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.
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.
- Article: New report leads to call for human rights to be at the heart of post-COVID budget decisions, to ensure social and economic recovery
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.