On 17th May 2021, the Consortium and Amnesty International in Scotland co-hosted an event to reflect on the experience of human rights during the pandemic in Scotland. Speakers addressed human rights concerns associated with lockdowns, care and the sharp inequalities experienced by different sectors of Scottish society over the past year. They also addressed the question of the future; what should COVID recovery look like if human rights protection is central to this? What about human rights accountability?
This episode of the #HumanRights2020s podcast is a recording of a presentation from this event, delivered by Mhairi Snowden. Mhairi is the Director of the Human Rights Consortium Scotland, and her presentation shares the findings of ‘Delivering Human Rights In Scotland During COVID-19: A 2020 Survey of Public Authorities’. This report found that most public authorities cannot provide evidence of human rights-based decision-making in their response to COVID-19.