Human Rights and the Scottish Parliament – by 16th March

In 2016, human rights were added to the remit of the Scottish Parliament Equalities and Human Rights Committee. To make sure the Committee adopts the best possible approach to considering human rights, the Committee decided to gather evidence through an inquiry.

In broad terms the inquiry will consider human rights under three main themes: participation and engagement, Parliamentary procedure and process, and accountability. For example–

Participation and engagement

  • Can the Scottish Parliament empower people to make them more aware of their rights under domestic and international human rights law and to build a strong human rights culture in Scotland?

Parliamentary procedure and process

  • Are there further steps the Scottish Parliament could take to ensure that people’s human rights are being taken into consideration when the Scottish Government and public authorities are creating policies?


  • Could the Scottish Parliament do more to ensure that international human laws, for example, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and other international human rights obligations are being followed in Scotland?

You are invited to give your views to inform the Committee’s discussions.  Find out more, including the Call for Evidence here.