Commission publishes its Annual Report for 2013-14

The Scottish Human Rights Commission publishes its Annual Report for 2013-14 today.

Professor Alan Miller, Chair of the Commission, said:

“2013-14 was a busy year for the Commission’s work to promote and protect human rights in Scotland.

Scotland’s first ever National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP) was launched, marking a major step forward in the realisation of human rights, right across Scotland.

The Commission’s legal and policy work led to human rights concerns being taken on board by the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government, on issues ranging from welfare reform to corroboration to mental health legislation.

Our work with survivors of historic child abuse continued, with the publication of a draft Action Plan on Justice for Victims.

And in our role as a bridge between Scotland and the international human rights system, the Commission contributed evidence to meetings of the UN Human Rights Council and reviews of implementation in Scotland of the Convention Against Torture and the Convention on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.

2014-15 promises to be another year of both opportunity and risk for human rights in Scotland. The Commission looks forward to continuing our work to secure further tangible improvements in the way people’s rights are respected, protected and fulfilled in practice.”

The Annual Report 2013-14 has been laid before the Scottish Parliament and is available online here.

Read the Annual Report in Word format.

Read the Annual Report in PDF format.