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Gay rights campaigners have welcomed a report showing that Scotland is the best country in Europe for LGBTI legal equality. The 2015 Rainbow Europe Index, was compiled by ILGA-Europe, an international human rights association. According to the findings, Scotland now comes ahead of the rest of the UK and Europe…
The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) has announced the appointment of two new officeholders to the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC). Ms Susan Kemp and Dr Alan Mitchell will take up office as part-time members of the SHRC on 1 May 2015. Their appointments are for 6 years.  Ms…
Children have suffered disproportionately from the Government's austerity measures, a committee of MPs and peers has found. The committee said there was evidence that specific pieces of legislation "run directly counter to the principle of protecting the most disadvantaged", highlighting the decision to restrict rises in working-age benefits to 1%…
The UK has been heavily criticised for its "worrying assault on civil liberties" in Amnesty's flagship annual report on human rights across the world. The human rights organisation hits out at what it calls Britain's "reduced access to justice and ever more invasive surveillance" seen over the last 12 months.…
The deaths in custody of hundreds of people with mental health problems could have been avoided, according to an inquiry. Repeated basic errors, poor communication and a lack of rigorous procedures were found to have contributed to deaths in police cells, prisons and psychiatric hospitals. The Equality and Human Rights…
The Government's flagship welfare reform could leave women vulnerable to domestic abuse, a parliamentary human rights watchdog has warned. Universal credit, which was rolled out nationwide on Monday, could expose women to financial control - a coercive form of domestic abuse that sees men limit their partners' access to money,…
A report examined issues of social justice in the context of the debates around Scottish independence and today's referendum. The report drew together arguments regarding: a post-independence Scottish currency; economic development; the empowerment and security of wealth producers; fiscal powers to redistribute income; public services; and issues of democracy, human…
The Scottish Human Rights Commission has published its latest ‘Insights’ paper, to refresh and update the organisation’s contribution to the debate on Scotland’s future. Whilst remaining neutral on the question of independence itself, the Commission identifies that whatever the outcome, the landscape ahead will contain a complex bundle of opportunities…
Human rights campaigner and early member of Amnesty International Helen Bamber has died, the Helen Bamber Foundation has announced. Leading figures from the charity world and film stars Colin Firth and Emma Thompson, have paid tribute to the "human rights icon". Ms Bamber was a psychotherapist who began helping victims…
Government plans to introduce a residence test for access to legal aid will breach an international convention on children's human rights, MPs and peers have warned. The Joint Committee on Human Rights said the policy would "inevitably" contravene the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) by preventing…
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched an inquiry into the non-natural deaths of adults with mental health conditions who die while being detained by the state. The inquiry will look at suicide, homicide, unknown and accidental deaths of people in psychiatric hospitals, prison and police custody in England…
All providers of publicly arranged or paid-for social care services must be bound by the Human Rights Act, a group of MPs suggest. The Joint Committee on Human Rights says that the Human Rights Act currently does not protect hundreds of thousands of people who are receiving care in their…
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