Land reform can strengthen human rights

The importance of economic, social and cultural human rights in the land reform agenda is highlighted in a new discussion paper that has been published by the Scottish Land Commission.

The paper’s author, Dr Kirsteen Shields examines how a human rights-based approach to land use and land governance might enable Scotland to make better use of its land. She explores how The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 embodies an understanding of land as a national asset to serve the common good and illustrates how the Act has already advanced human rights in Scotland by

  • strengthening community rights to buy
  • improving transparency of ownership and
  • protecting the rights of tenants and small farmers.

You can read the report here.

 

 

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