Commission responds to CRC incorporation consultation

Today the Commission publishes its response to the Scottish Government's consultation on incorporating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) into domestic law in Scotland. 

Judith Robertson, Chair of the Commission, said: 

"This consultation represents an important milestone in a long journey towards CRC incorporation and is thanks to the hard work and commitment of many children, young people and other people and organisations in the children's rights sector across Scotland.  By setting out the rights of children and young people comprehensively in one place in Scots law, it will send a strong message that children and young people are rights holders and that public authorities have duties to respect, protect and fulfil their rights.

"The Commission's ambition is that everyone in Scotland, including children and young people, has the highest possible standards of rights protection. Incorporating internationally enshrined children's rights into Scots law is an important and significant step on this journey.  We now want to see a range of other rights, in particular economic, social and cultural and environmental rights, incorporated into law in Scotland to build towards this ambition.

"We look forward to the work of the new National Taskforce on Human Rights Leadership in taking forward the recommendations made by the First Minister's Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership including new human rights legislation for Scotland."