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The SNP has accused the Government and Labour of "disrespecting" Scots by not including any of their MPs on a parliamentary body examining human rights. Four Tories and two Labour MPs, including former deputy leader Harriet Harman, have been put forward to represent the Commons on the Human Rights (Joint…
Nicola Sturgeon has said it is "inconceivable" that Holyrood would consent to Tory plans to scrap the Human Rights Act. The First Minister said any move to repeal the Act would be a "monumental mistake" and would face cross-party opposition in the Scottish Parliament. She also made clear that the…
The University of Manchester has announced it is creating a dedicated research and teaching institute aimed at addressing global poverty and inequality. In early 2016 the Global Development Institute will unite the strengths of the current Institute for Development and Policy Management and the Brooks World Poverty Institute, building on…
A disability action plan with more than 50 commitments to make sure Scotland leads the way on the rights of disabled people was launched yesterday. The delivery plan for 2016-2020 has been drafted in consultation with disabled people and will help Scotland meet the requirements of the United Nations Convention…
Legal cannabis markets should be tested and drug use decriminalised as part of a radical new approach that pays more heed to human rights laws, according to a group of MPs and peers. The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Drug Policy Reform called for an overhaul in global narcotics…
The Human Rights Commission has called on the UK Government to take immediate action to stop paramilitary assaults on children in Northern Ireland. Twelve youngsters were shot between 2009 and last year, while another 27 were assaulted, the organisation said. It submitted a report to an influential UN committee investigating…
Home Secretary Theresa May has been criticised by the Court of Appeal for her department's "glaring shortcomings" in a case in which a visitor from India won "over-the-top" damages for her alleged ill treatment on arrival at Heathrow Airport. Rhada Patel was awarded £125,000 when the High Court ruled she…
Some gay people in sleepy villages and rural towns are being relentlessly bullied because of their sexuality - leaving some too scared to leave the house, an expert has warned. A new study suggests hate crime is an "everyday reality" for many lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people who…
The Scottish Human Rights Commission, the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) and NHS Health Scotland have joined forces to launch a series of short films highlighting the power of human rights to improve people’s health and the care and support they access. Produced as part of Scotland’s…
The Government took an "unlawful and unacceptably long time" to pay new welfare benefits to two unnamed disabled people, a High Court judge has ruled. The judge was told at a recent hearing that vulnerable people have been forced to turn to loan sharks and food banks because of the…
The two rivals for the Liberal Democrat leadership have launched a campaign to block David Cameron's plan to scrap the Human Rights Act. Norman Lamb and Tim Farron put aside their personal ambitions to launch a joint appeal to save the legislation, which the Government wants to replace with a…
The Scottish Recovery Network, See Me and VOX have announced the programme of the upcoming Rights For Life event, a national conference on human rights and mental health recovery in Glasgow on 2 and 3 June 2015. Rights for Life will address a wide range of topics including welfare, poverty,…
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