Human rights should be part of budget process, says Parliament Committee

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Progress on integrating human rights into the budget process should be quickened, says the Scottish Parliament Equality and Human Rights Committee.

In a recent report, the Committee highlighted that due to the need for Scotland to meet its international human rights obligations and avoid any regression on these, it was essential that the Scottish Government expedite discussions on this area. The report recommends a national approach to human rights budgeting and goes on to say:

‘In an environment where there are financial constraints, a human rights framework can provide objective guidance which will assist balanced decision making on the use of resources and importantly limit the extent and duration of any retrogression. We ask the Scottish Government for a tripartite meeting, to include the Scottish Human Rights Commission, as a first step.’

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