Reforming the Scottish Parliament from a human rights perspective

The Commission has responded to the Scottish Parliament's Commission on Parliamentary Reform.

In our response, we recommend that the Scottish Parliament should:

  • Further embed a rights based approach in structures and processes to strengthen its effectiveness to deliver the best outcomes for the lives of people in Scotland.
  • Work with international partners to ensure that Scotland learns from developing good practice.
  • Build MSP and staff capacity in relation to human rights to ensure that the Parliament is able to act as a human rights guarantor.
  • Work together with the Commission in accordance with the Belgrade Principles to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights.

See the full list of recommendations in our consultation submission (Word format).

The Belgrade Principles provide guidance on the relationships between National Human Rights Institutions and Parliaments. Find out more about the Belgrade Principles or download them in full (PDF format).