Paper on ‘The Future of Human Rights in Scotland’

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Published on 18 March 2013, ‘The Future of Human Rights in Scotland’ examines actions that could be taken now and in the future to promote and protect human rightsin the context of the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence.

Professor Alan Miller, Chair of the Commission, said:

Human rights should be a major part of the national discussion around the future of Scotland in the lead up to the 2014 referendum. I’m pleased that all political parties have now started to take the implications for human rights protection into account as part of the public debate. The paper published today gives an insight into the ways that human rights protection could be strengthened in Scotland now and in the future.

People in Scotland are entitled to hear from the campaigns as well as all Scottish and UK political parties on how their vision of Scotland’s future brings internationally recognised human rights home to people. This is especially important given the increasing level of vulnerability many people are facing as a result of the global financial crisis. Human rights protect all of us, but especially the most disadvantaged people in our society.

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Scottish Parliament report: ‘Where Gypsy/Travellers live’

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‘Where Gypsy/Travellers live’, a report by Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee, was published in March 2013.

The report includes the recommendation that ‘an existing Scottish Government minister is given a new specific and overarching responsibility for the on-going support and profile-raising of Gypsy/Travellers’. The Committee also strongly recommends ‘that the Scottish Government launch a national public awareness-raising campaign aimed at tackling discrimination and racism against Gypsy/Travellers as soon as possible’.

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SHRC report: ‘Getting it Right? Human Rights in Scotland’

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In order to provide an evidence base to develop Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights, the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) compiled a research report called ‘Getting it Right? Human Rights in Scotland’.

The report was published in February 2013 and shows what appear to be some of the gaps and good practices for human rights in Scotland’s legal, political, economic, social, technological and environmental contexts and across eight broad areas of life:

  1. Dignity and care
  2. Health
  3. Where we live
  4. Education and work
  5. Private and family life
  6. Safety and security
  7. Living in detention
  8. Access to justice and the right to an effective remedy

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Responses to the Scottish Government consultation on civil partnerships and same sex marriage

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On 25 July 2012, the Scottish Government published ‘Consultation on the registration of civil partnership and same sex marriage – responses from organisations’.

In September 2011, the Scottish Government launched a consultation on the registration of civil partnerships and same sex marriage. The consultation paper asked for views on the possibility of allowing religious ceremonies for civil partnerships and the possible introduction of same sex marriage. It closed on 9 December 2011.

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The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012

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The Equality Duty Revised Draft Regulations for Scotland were approved by the Scottish Parliament and came into force on 27 May 2012.

In March 2012, the Scottish Government published the ‘Equality Duty Revised Draft Regulations Analysis of Consultation Findings’ report and its response, which included a final copy of the proposed regulations.

A consultation was carried out by the Scottish Government between September and the end of November 2011 on the Public Sector Equality Duty Revised Draft Regulations. The report presents an analysis of the consultation findings. The Scottish Government’s response to the issues raised in the consultation report includes a final copy of the proposed regulations.

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Publication of figures on hate crimes in Scotland

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On 17 May 2012, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) published ‘Hate Crime in Scotland, 2011-2012’.

The figures for crimes motivated by racial prejudice show a rise of 8% on last year. This is the highest number reported in the last 6 years.

In total, where there was sufficient evidence, action was taken in 95% of charges with a further 2% awaiting a decision on how to proceed.

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