Commission welcomes report from EHRiC on Human Rights and Scottish Parliament Inquiry

The Scottish Human Rights Commission welcomes the report today from the Equalities and Human Rights Committee on the Human Rights and Scottish Parliament Inquiry.

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Judith Robertson, Chair of the Commission, said:

"The Getting Rights Right Report is a detailed and considered analysis of many of the steps the Parliament can take to further the goal of becoming a stronger human rights guarantor for the people of Scotland.  The recommendations are wide ranging and have the potential to transform the impact human rights will have on the business of the Parliament and the Government and ultimately on the lives of the people of Scotland. 

"On Monday 10 December 2018 we will celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the UK prepares to leave the European Union, so it is both timely and important that the rights of people in Scotland are further respected, protected and fulfilled. This report acknowledges and builds on that fact and its recommendations to a broad range of actors in Scotland reflect the important human rights principles of participation, empowerment, non-discrimination, legality and accountability.

"The Inquiry responded directly to the call the Scottish Human Rights Commission made to an independent Commission on Parliamentary Reform asking for the Scottish Parliament to become a better human rights guarantor.  We congratulate the Equality and Human Rights Committee for the work they have undertaken and look forward to working with the Committee to support the delivery of these recommendations."