Human Rights in Scotland: understanding the challenges and embracing the opportunities
Tue 4th Mar 2014
Glasgow, Thistle Hotel Glasgow
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“The Scottish Government wishes to see Scotland reflected as a modern, responsible nation, with a commitment to protecting, respecting and realising human rights. Within the UK, Scotland takes a distinctive approach realising international human rights standards, and securing recognition at the UN level of this diversity is important.”
Letter from Roseanna Cunningham to Lord McNally 29th August 2012
Human rights are too often understood in Scotland as belonging to some other rather than being owned by us all, equally. The values and standards of human rights need to be better understood by civil society and public sector bodies in Scotland, to influence how they do business and so people ‘enjoy’ their human rights.
Across the public sector in Scotland, there is little evidence that human rights explicitly inform the design, delivery and funding of public services. In 2006 a survey revealed that “65.5% of those surveyed either did not understand their duties under the Human Rights Act 1998 or could not provide evidence of steps taken to comply with those duties”. An updated survey in 2010 concluded “10 out of the 42 public bodies admitted they could not provide explicit steps taken to implement or put into practice compliance with Section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998 in the last 3 years”.
This conference aims to promote greater respect for the importance of human rights by ensuring a better understanding of the extent of the obligations and freedoms deriving from domestic and international human rights law.
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Shona Robison MSP
Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport
Professor Alan Miller
Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission
National Director- Scotland, Equality & Human Rights Commission
Councillor Archie Graham Depute Leader and Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games 2014, Glasgow City Council
Theresa Fyffe Director, Royal College of Nursing Scotland
Christine O'Neill Partner and Chairman, Brodies LLP
Carole Ewart Chair, Human Rights Consortium Scotland
Rosemary Agnew Scottish Information Commissioner
Teresa Bergin Director of Programmes, UNICEF UK
Lauren Wood Access to Justice Policy Officer, Citizens Advice Scotland
Dr Elaine Webster The Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law, University of Strathclyde
Professor Greg Philo Research Director, Glasgow University Media Unit & Professor of Communications and Social Change
Nick Higgins Director, Creative Media Academy and Chair, Media Practice, University of the West of Scotland
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