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13 June, 2019

Faculty of Advocates support for human rights National Taskforce

Plans to set up a National Taskforce for Human Rights Leadership have been applauded by the Faculty of Advocates Human Rights and Rule of Law Committee (HRRoL).

The Scottish Government says the Taskforce is to be co-chaired by Shirley Anne Somerville, Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People, and Professor Alan Miller of Strathclyde University.

Its purpose will be to “ensure Scotland is a world leader in putting human rights into practice”.

Ampersand’s Euan Mackenzie QC, of HRRoL, said: “The announcement of the National Taskforce is welcome news for the future of human rights in Scotland. The creation of enforceable rights in areas such as housing, health and social security will make a real difference to people’s lives.

“Alongside the work already under way to incorporate the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the National Taskforce will cement Scotland’s ambition to provide human rights leadership in these challenging times.

“We look forward to engaging with others in this important work.”

Details of the Taskforce can be found here.

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