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PRESS RELEASE – 125 Scottish organisations – united against the Rights Removal Bill, ask UK Government not to scrap the Human Rights Act (word)

01/07/2022

Today, 125 representatives from across Scotland’s third-sector have united in their condemnation of the UK Government’s Rights Removal Bill.
These organisations have asked the UK Government to reconsider this Bill and instead, consider what can be done to better protect human rights for all in Scotland, and across the UK, in a statement signed by over 100 leading and grassroots women’s, children’s, refugee and trafficking, housing and homelessness and human rights organisations, and to send a clear message that the Human Rights Act must be protected.

You can read the full joint statement here.

Joint Statement on UK Rights Removal Bill (word)

29/06/2022

The UK Government has introduced a ‘Bill of Rights’ to Parliament that will scrap the Human Rights Act and will diminish human rights protections in law for all of us, and will particularly impact people whose rights are most at risk.

We know that the recent consultation on proposals for this Bill showed huge support for keeping the Human Rights Act, but the UK Government are still pressing ahead with the Bill.

We oppose this Rights Removal Bill and want the UK Government to reconsider.

We are asking civil society organisations from across Scotland to sign this joint statement produced in partnership with Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland, Amnesty International, Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights), Making Rights Real, Human Rights Consortium Scotland, Church of Scotland and Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities.

If your organisation is happy to be listed as supporting this joint statement, please email your logo by 5pm Thursday 30th June to our email address: jrfa@justrightscotland.org.uk

 

Nationality and Borders Bill: Fix family reunion (word)

18/03/2022

We – together with other organisations, urge Members of Parliament to vote in favour of Lord Dubs’ amendment to open a new safe route to family reunion for refugees in Europe.

The UK’s current family reunion rules are broken. They are failing some of the most vulnerable refugees. Just this week Safe Passage staff met with an unaccompanied 15-year-old Afghan child, Hakim, who recently fled the Taliban. Alone in a dangerous camp in Dunkirk, Hakim is trying to join his uncle in the UK. He had already tried to cross the Channel three times. The current rules don’t provide a safe route for this child to reunite safely with their family in the UK. In fact, none of the unaccompanied children Safe Passage supported in France in 2021 were able to reunite with family here under the UK’s family reunion rules.

Had Lord Dubs’ amendment been law, Ukrainian children and partners would have faced far fewer challenges in safely and quickly reuniting with family here in the UK. The process for family reunification for Ukrainians has been slow, chaotic and ineffective. It is the same for other refugee families every day. It’s time the Government fixed family reunion for all.

Open Letter from the Anti-Trafficking Sector Regarding Situation in Ukraine (word)

16/03/2022

We have signed a joint letter – alongside non-governmental organisations who work to end human trafficking and modern slavery, to declare in solidarity that we condemn the invasion of Ukraine launched by Russia and the impact it is having on the risk of human trafficking in the region. We call to End the Invasion and Protect Civilians from Human Trafficking.

PRESS RELEASE: Survivor Engagement: Assisting Integration in Human Trafficking   (word)

15/12/2020

Today, we held an online event to share the results of a 2-year EU AMIF funded project which has focused on the long-term integration of trafficked women recovering from sexual exploitation as well as empowering survivors of human trafficking to play a leadership and mentoring role in our responses to human trafficking at an operational as well as strategic and policy level in Scotland. 

PRESS RELEASE: Scottish Trans joins legal challenge to protect gender equality on public authority boards (word)

11/12/2020

Scottish Trans (ST), part of the LGBTI human rights charity Equality Network, have been given permission to intervene in a legal case which is seeking to throw out legislation passed two years ago, ensuring greater involvement of women in public life in Scotland. The Scottish Just Law Centre at JustRight Scotland is supporting Scottish Trans to prepare the legal intervention.