Useful Websites

Rights Info

UK wide initiative to share human rights information eg “50 human rights cases that transformed Britain”. http://rightsinfo.org/

Tools to promote respect for human rights in Scotland

Parliament

UK Parliament – Joint Committee on Human Rights www.parliament.uk/jchr

NGO Networks

Equally Ours – a campaign set up by eight organisations to promote stories about people who have relied on human rights in their everyday lives. http://www.equally-ours.org.uk/about-us/

Northern Ireland Human rights Consortium which campaigns for a Bill of Rights  www.billofrightsni.org/

Legal Networks

Scottish Public Law Group splg.co.uk/

Academic Networks

Glasgow University Human Rights Network www.glasgow.ac.uk/humanrights

National Human Rights Institutions

EHRC

Their website states “The Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland is working to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect and promote human rights and to build good relations, ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to participate in society.

The Commission in Scotland will provide information and advice, campaign on issues regarding age, race, disability, gender, religion or belief and sexual orientation and transgender status, seek to influence legislation and policy, and support key legal cases. We work with the Scottish Government and other partners to promote equality and spread best practice. We will continue working closely with the Scottish Human Rights Commission to ensure all society is treated equally and fairly. The Equality and Human Rights Commission acts not only for the disadvantaged, but for everyone in society, and can use its enforcement powers where necessary to guarantee peoples equality.” www.equalityhumanrights.com/scotland/

SHRC

The Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) is funded by the Scottish Parliament. The SHRC has a vision for a ‘fairer Scotland where social progress is achieved through a rights-based approach and where human dignity, equality and participation are guaranteed for all’. The SHRC works on devolved issues such as housing, education and social care but cannot undertake casework.www.scottishhumanrights.com

Equality and Advisory Support Service

This new service gives tailored advice on discrimination issues to individuals across Britain. It explains legal rights and remedies, options for informal resolution and refers people who cannot or do not wish to go down this road to conciliation or mediation services. The service can also help to establish eligibility for legal aid and if they are not eligible, to find an accessible legal service or to prepare and lodge a claim themselves.

The EASS is open from 9am to 8pm Mondays to Fridays and 10am to 2pm on Saturdays. You can find more information about the EASS and how to work with the new service to help individuals with discrimination problems at www.equalityadvisoryservice.com

The EASS operate a HelpLine

  • 0800 444 205 – Scotland Helpline
  • 0800 444 206 – Scotland Textphone

CYPCS

The Commissioner for Children & Young People Scotland (CYPCS) promotes and safeguard the rights of children and young people living in Scotland as contained in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – those under 18 years. http://www.cypcs.org.uk