New members appointed to Scottish Human Rights Commission

New members appointed to Scottish Human Rights Commission

The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) has announced that Susan Kemp and Dr Alan Mitchell have been appointed members of the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC)

Ms Kemp and Dr Mitchell will take up office as part-time members of the SHRC on 1 May 2015.

Their appointments are for 6 years.

Part-time members work 24 days per annum and are paid a daily rate of £257.57.

Ms Kemp is a lawyer specialising in international criminal and human rights law. For the last 16 years she has worked in Latin America, Africa and Europe representing victims, investigating human rights abuses and providing technical assistance to state prosecutors.

She served on the UN Team of Experts on the Rule of Law and Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict, while working for the Department of Peacekeeping in New York.

Previously she was an Investigator with the International Criminal Court in The Hague and legal adviser to civil society organisations including theScottish Refugee Council, Impunity Watch and the International Center for Transitional Justice.

Dr Alan Mitchell has a background in general medical practice and is currentlyclinical director of the East Renfrewshire Community Health and Care Partnership.

His clinical work is mainly within Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre where he is a GP providing general medical services to those held in immigration detention.

Since 2002 he has been engaged as an expert by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) and has participated in a number of visits of the Committee to places of detention across the 47 member states of theCouncil of Europe.

The new members replace the outgoing members, Professor Kay Hamptonand advocate Shelagh McCall, who have both been in office since the commission was established in 2008.

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