human rights



Human Rights Act review launches call for evidence

The UK government's review of the Human Rights Act has launched a call for evidence.

Published 14 January 2021

UK action over slavery supply chain must be extended

UK measures to avoid complicity in forced labour in China must be extended, human rights campaigners have said.

Published 14 January 2021

JUSTICE Scotland Annual Human Rights Day Lecture 2021

JUSTICE Scotland’s Annual Human Rights Day Lecture will return on 21 January 2021 with a discussion on the Human Rights Act.

Published 13 January 2021

Robert Burns Humanitarian Award 2021 finalists revealed

A doctor dedicated to helping people in war-torn Sri Lanka, a performer reaching out to those battling addiction and a humanitarian bringing the latest cancer therapies to the developing world, are all in the running for this year's Robert Burns Humanitarian Award (RBHA). The winner will be announced via an online ceremony on Monday 25 January.

Published 8 January 2021

China: Lawyers hired by Hong Kong protestors to be struck off

The Chinese government is to revoke the licences of human rights lawyers hired to help protestors in Hong Kong who were arrested as they attempted to flee to Taiwan last August.

Published 6 January 2021

China: Former lawyer who reported on Covid-19 outbreak jailed

A former lawyer who used social media to report from Wuhan following the first outbreak of Covid-19 last February has been jailed for four years for "picking quarrels and provoking trouble".

Published 5 January 2021

Call for changes to Human Rights Act interpretation to protect people during arrest and detention

Major changes to the way courts interpret the Human Rights Act are necessary so the legislation does more to protect people detained because of the expansion of police powers, a new study says.

Published 22 December 2020

Pinsents trainee Poppy Mulligan wins justice award

Pinsent Masons trainee Poppy Mulligan has been awarded the Champion Individual Award at the Champions of Justice Awards 2020 for her pro bono work with individuals on death row.

Published 14 December 2020

‘People’s tribunal’ established to investigate alleged atrocities of Iranian state

An international "people's tribunal" is to investigate atrocities that allegedly took place in Iran a year ago.

Published 16 November 2020

Covid-19: Holyrood committee calls on government to address ‘gendered’ and ‘intersectional’ issues

A Holyrood committee has called on the Scottish government to set out how it intends to address the "gendered" impact of the pandemic while also having regard to "intersectional" issues.

Published 3 November 2020

Scottish Human Rights Commission reflects on busy year

Strengthening accountability for failures to protect people’s rights was a key theme of the work of the Scottish Human Rights Commission this year.

Published 30 October 2020

Faculty member’s special European Lawyers’ Day role

The Faculty of Advocates’ man in Brussels, Iain Mitchell QC, has been chosen as one of two contributors to a special publication to mark European Lawyers’ Day.

Published 23 October 2020

UAE threatens to repatriate 18 former Guantánamo detainees to Yemen

Human rights group Reprieve has condemned the United Arab Emirates' threat to forcibly repatriate 18 Yemeni former Guantánamo detainees - which has been confirmed by multiple sources who spoke to the Associated Press.

Published 22 October 2020

UK government urged to repatriate nationals detained in Syrian camps

The UK government has been urged to repatriate foreign fighters and their families detained in camps in north-east Syria following an intervention by UN human rights experts.

Published 14 October 2020

European human rights delegation calls for urgent measures to address Scotland’s prison problems

Urgent measures are needed to address the increase in Scotland's prison population, a Council of Europe human rights delegation has said.

Published 8 October 2020