Commission highlights human rights impact of hazardous substances and waste

In a statement to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Scottish Human Rights Commission has highlighted the human rights implications of toxic and hazardous waste. Speaking on behalf of all three of the UK's National Human Rights Institutions, Judith Robertson, Chair of the Commission said:

"Gaps and inadequacies in existing frameworks for protection against toxic and hazardous waste must be confronted on a human rights basis, particularly as there is a high level of uncertainty about the future application of European Union regulatory law after the UK leaves the European Union ...The UK Government and devolved nations must be clear that Brexit is not an opening for deregulation and regression from human rights standards and guarantee their ongoing protection."

Watch the video statement or read the transcript.