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Scottish recommendations for a new human rights framework

20 December 2018

First Minister’s Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership report: ‘Recommendations for a new human rights framework to improve people’s lives’.

Read the full report (pdf)

‘There is an urgent need of human rights leadership in today’s world’, this is according to the December 2018 report from the First Minister’s Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership. 

The First Minister asked the Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership to recommend the next steps on Scotland’s human rights journey, including finding a way forward in the context of post-Brexit uncertainty.

The report recommends:

  • An Act of the Scottish Parliament which provides human rights leadership.

  • A public participatory process to be developed as a vital part of preparation of the Act and its implementation.

  • A Scottish Government National Mechanism for monitoring, reporting and implementation of human rights.

  • Development of human rights-based indicators for Scotland’s National Performance Framework (NPF).

  • Integration of any further devolved powers into the framework as proposed in Recommendation 1 and, if independence, a written constitution including a Bill of Rights for Scotland.

Recommendations for a new human rights framework to improve people’s lives’.