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International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Making Rights Real contributes to HRCS written contribution for States parties under review

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Making Rights Real contributes to HRCS written contribution for States parties under review

The Human Rights Consortium Scotland urged the UN Committee to question Government on civil and political rights in Scotland, in their recent written contribution to call for evidence. Making Rights Real contributed to the report, highlighting the racism and discrimination experienced by Gypsy Travellers in Scotland, citing evidence and testimony from Travellers experiencing human rights violations:

“87.5% [of survey respondents] experienced direct verbal abuse, and 37.5% reported ongoing bullying. The following… resident testimonials highlight the distressing consequences of such discrimination:

“Have had racism all my life – it is not as bad now.”

“I am always getting verbally abused, at times getting looks from the settled community making you feel (terrible). I feel anxious”.

“I have been to a tenants’ meeting where a tenant from a local area has turned and said we are here because of “the dirty Travellers”. When asked why he said that, he said one of the council workers who was involved in housing has said that to him and other tenants.”

You can read the full submission by clicking the button below:

As the HRCS write:

In 1976, the UK ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), committing to uphold fundamental civil and political rights. The UN Human Rights Committee monitors countries’ compliance with the ICCPR. The UK is currently in Stage 4 of the review cycle, and civil society can submit reports. Our report focuses on specific issues to inform the Committee’s examination in March 2024. Organisations submit evidence related to a List of Issues, offering a specific scope. Our report uses stats, insights, and lived experiences to address areas where the UK and Scottish Governments may be failing to uphold civil and political rights.

On March 11, the Committee will hear oral submissions from civil society, questioning both UK and Scottish governments. Recommendations will be released in April 2024, with a follow-up assessment about two years later. An important review for human rights in Scotland and the UK.

Overview of highlighted issues:

  • Discrimination during COVID
  • Preventable Deaths of People w/ Learning Disabilities
  • Gender Recognition Reform
  • Right to Life & Conditions of Detention Migrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers
  • Access to Justice and Legal Aid
  • Fatal Accident Inquiries.”

Organisations who contributed to report: JustRight Scotland, CEMVO Scotland, Age Scotland, The Equality Network, Scottish Youth Parliament, Howard League Scotland, Humanist Society Scotland, Making Rights Real, Inclusion Scotland, Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD)