An excellent opportunity to hear from civil society experts on the key issues and challenges ahead for human rights leadership in Scotland.
Where does Scotland currently stand on human rights? Where is it showing leadership, and where is it hanging back? What is it championing, what is it ignoring?
And what about Scotland within the UK?
The Scottish Government has BIG plans for new human rights law in Scotland, and we’re still waiting on the UNCRC Incorporation Bill on children’s rights to be made law. There is widespread concern about rights made reality. And then at a UK level, watering down of the Human Rights Act is on the cards.
There has never been a better time to examine human rights leadership, and the priorities & concerns that this should mean for Scotland.
Participants will also hear about the key issues raised in recent reports on Scotland’s human rights record to the UN Human Rights Council, both from the Scottish Human Rights Commission, and from across civil society via the Human Rights Consortium Scotland.
Chaired by Naomi McAuliffe, Programme Director at Amnesty International in Scotland, speakers will include:
- Murray Hunt, Director of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, former Legal Adviser to the Joint Committee on Human Rights in the UK Parliament and an expert in human rights, public law, and the role of parliaments in all of this. Murray was also a member of the Scottish Government’s National Taskforce on Human Rights Leadership.
- Mhairi Snowden, Director of Human Rights Consortium Scotland
- Eilidh Dickson, Policy & International Officer at the Scottish Human Rights Commission
- Moira Tasker, Chief Executive of Inclusion Scotland
- Juliet Harris, Director of Together
- Susan McKellar, Operations Manager at Scottish Women’s Convention
- Shivali Fifield, Chief Officer of the Environmental Rights Centre for Scotland
- Jen Ang, Director of Development & Policy at JustRight Scotland
- Charlie McMillan, Chief Executive of the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities