Over the past year, the Consortium has been working with civil society organisations in the migration sector. Together, we have been exploring what is necessary to ensure that the upcoming enhanced Scottish human rights framework improves the realisation of rights for people who have migrated to Scotland.
A new report, ‘Human Rights for All: Some recommendations for the Scottish Human Rights Bill on protecting migrants’ human rights‘ summarises some of the key points raised throughout this project.
Written in partnership with PKAVS, Scottish Refugee Council, Forth Valley Migrant Support Network, Migrant Voice, JustRight Scotland, Citizens’ Rights Project, Amnesty Scotland and BEMIS, it makes specific recommendations for the Scottish Government’s new human rights bill.
The overarching message of the report is this; Scotland’s new human rights framework must make sure that the principle of respect for human dignity applies to all without restriction.
The recommendations include that the Bill must explicitly state that the rights protected within apply to everyone in Scotland. There should be duties on public bodies to make sure that services linked to these rights are available to all – without any reference to immigration status. We also call for migrant rights-holders and migrants’ rights organisations to be directly involved in the development of the Bill at every stage.
The project was funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.