human rights



‘Deep concern’ as Saudi Arabia bids to rejoin UN Human Rights Council

A group of 29 states has expressed "deep concern" about human rights in Saudi Arabia as it bids to rejoin the UN Human Rights Council.

Published 18 September 2020

Saudi Arabia to review all death sentences for childhood crimes

The Saudi Human Rights Commission has announced that, following a royal decree, the sentences of all people convicted of childhood crimes will be reviewed.

Published 28 August 2020

Rights coalition warns against automated weapons systems and ‘killer robots’

A coalition including Human Rights Watch and 160 other NGOs has published a report on the use of fully autonomous weapons and calling for a ban on the use of so-called "killer robots".

Published 11 August 2020

Report highlights implications of COVID-19 for right to housing

The Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has issued a new policy briefing which details how COVID-19 has affected the right to adequate housing in Scotland.

Published 7 August 2020

Lord Sumption admits to disobeying coronavirus rules when they reached ‘absurdity’

Lord Sumption has admitted that he stopped obeying the coronavirus regulations when they began "reaching levels of absurdity".

Published 22 July 2020

Human rights framework for care home investigation published

The Scottish Human Rights Commission has published a new briefing on care homes and human rights during the pandemic.

Published 15 July 2020

China: Law professor detained after refusing to back down against government

A law professor has been detained after he refused to stop publicly criticising the government and “personality cult” of President Xi, The Times reports.

Published 7 July 2020

EHRC: How we will help those disproportionately affected by COVID-19

Concerned that the responses to COVID-19 may exacerbate existing inequalities across all areas of life, the Equality & Human Rights Commission explains how it will work to support disadvantaged groups.

Published 19 June 2020

Scottish Human Rights Commission asked to investigate treatment of care home residents

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard has written to the Scottish Human Rights Commission asking it to ensure that the human rights of Scotland’s care home residents are upheld and defended throughout the COVID-19 crisis, and that decisions taken by the Scottish government with regards to care home residents are scrutinised to determine whether their human rights have been violated.

Published 15 June 2020

Scots back detained Egyptian lawyers for human rights award

Scottish lawyers are supporting five detained Egyptian colleagues for a human rights award.

Published 11 June 2020

Webinar: Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

Patrick Penninckx, head of the information society department at the Council of Europe conducted a webinar entitled Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights this week. It was organised by the European Law Students Association (ELSA) as part of a series of webinars on law and technology.

Published 29 May 2020

Concern over human rights breaches in Scottish prisons during the pandemic

The Scottish Human Rights Commission has written to Holyrood's Justice Committee to highlight concerns about measures being taken in prisons during the pandemic.

Published 19 May 2020

Rights watch

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

Published 1 May 2020

Rights watch

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

Published 17 April 2020

Rights watch

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

Published 3 April 2020