human rights



Rights watch

A round-up of human rights stories from around the world.

Published 3 April 2020

Yousaf asked to uphold rights of detainees during crisis

The Scottish members of the UK National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) have today written to Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf, highlighting efforts to uphold the rights of people in detention and deprived of their liberty during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Published 2 April 2020

Rights watch

A round-up of human rights stories from around the world.

Published 27 March 2020

Rights watch

A round-up of human rights stories from around the world.

Published 20 March 2020

New act to establish Biometrics Commissioner welcomed

The Scottish Human Rights Commission has welcomed the passing of the Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Act at Holyrood.

Published 13 March 2020

Rights watch

A round-up of human rights stories from around the world.

Published 13 March 2020

Colombian Truth Commission delegation visits Edinburgh

Representatives of the Colombian Truth Commission visited Edinburgh on 11 March to promote the work being done to clarify the main causes of the armed conflict and Colombia’s human rights crisis and promote co-existence, in a visit supported by Arnot Manderson Advocates.

Published 12 March 2020

Rights watch

A round-up of human rights stories from around the world.

Published 6 March 2020

Rights watch

A round-up of human rights stories from around the world.

Published 28 February 2020

Rights watch

A round-up of human rights stories from around the world.

Published 21 February 2020

Yemeni activist Huda al-Sarari wins human rights award

Huda al-Sarari has been named as the 2020 winner of the Martin Ennals Award for her work exposing a network of secret prisons in Yemen. The award recognises the work of outstanding human rights defenders.

Published 20 February 2020

Rights watch

A round-up of human rights stories from around the world.

Published 7 February 2020

Saudi Arabia: Shia minority and human rights activists targeted by Specialised Criminal Court

A new report published by Amnesty International today shows how the Saudi Arabian authorities are using a counter-terrorism court – the Specialised Criminal Court – as a weapon to systematically silence peaceful opposition in the country.

Published 6 February 2020

Police Scotland's use of biometric technology raised with UN in human rights report

Rights concerns about policing, prisons and access to justice have been raised with the United Nations in the latest report from the Scottish Human Rights Commission.

Published 4 February 2020

Government must tackle human rights concerns in Scotland’s prisons

The Scottish Human Rights Commission has joined calls for an urgent government response to a new report detailing serious concerns about practices in Scotland’s prisons and police custody facilities.

Published 31 January 2020