Commission publishes its Annual Report for 2014-15
The Scottish Human Rights Commission publishes its Annual Report for 2014-2015 today.
Professor Alan Miller, Chair of the Commission, said:
“2014-15 was another busy and productive year for the Commission as we continued our work to promote and protect human rights for everyone in Scotland.
“Civic debate about Scotland’s values, kick-started by the independence referendum, created opportunities for thinking big about how best to realise all international human rights here in Scotland. The Commission contributed to these debates through a dedicated Insights Paper and engagement with many stakeholders, including the Smith Commission on further devolution.
“At the same time, our work continued to improve the protection of human rights here and now. Priority issues included tackling the widespread use of non-statutory stop and search; realising an action plan to secure justice for survivors of historic child abuse; informing changes to mental health laws and practices; raising awareness of climate change and its impact on people; and widening the debate about human rights and land reform.
“Internationally, we submitted extensive, influential evidence to the UN Human Rights Committee on the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
“Finally, we continued to coordinate and provide significant support to Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP)”.