Commission welcomes appointments to Equality and Human Rights Commission

The Scottish Human Rights Commission today welcomed the appointment of David Isaacs and Dr Lesley Sawers to the Board of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Mr Isaacs takes up the position of Chair and Dr Sawers joins as Scotland Commissioner.

Judith Robertson, Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission, said:

“Strong and positive leadership on human rights is essential to ensure that progressive gains made are not eroded. Current debates about human rights are too often characterised by negative rhetoric and politicised attacks on the basic principle that we all have equal rights.

“The European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act are fundamental to making rights a reality for everyone. Time and again, they have been used to protect people in highly vulnerable situations. The Scottish Human Rights Commission looks forward to working closely with the new Chair and Board of the Equality and Human Rights Commission to secure these legal foundations and advance a progressive approach to human rights across Great Britain.”


Notes to Editors

  1. The Scottish Human Rights Commission is an independent public body with a statutory remit to promote and protect all human rights for everyone in Scotland. The Commission is accredited as an ‘A Status’ national human rights institution within the UN system.
  1. Judith Robertson is the Chair of the Commission. Ms Robertson took up office in March 2016. She previously held senior leadership roles in the third sector including with See Me, Scotland’s national programme to end mental health stigma, and with Oxfam in Scotland.