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: firstname.lastname@example.org
PRESS RELEASE – Scottish Parliament urged to probe impact of ‘Rights Removal Bill’ on devolution (word)22/06/2022
Together with Amnesty, the Human Rights Consortium Scotland and the Children and Young People’s Commissioner, we have written to the Scottish Parliament asking them to hold a formal Inquiry on the impact of the UK Government’s Bill of Rights on devolution and people’s rights in the context of devolution.
You can read the letter by clicking here.
JustRight Scotland’s Written Briefing to the Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee on the Crisis in Ukraine (word)16/06/2022
JustRight Scotland have given written evidence to the Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee of the Scottish Parliament on the crisis in Ukraine on 13 June 2022.
PRESS RELEASE: Scottish charities ‘seriously concerned’ about ‘light-touch’ Scottish Government plans to reform equality rules for public bodies (word)11/04/2022
Today, together with over 20 organisations working for equality and human rights in Scotland, we have called for a rethink in Scottish Government plans to change public bodies’ equality obligations.
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.
Nationality and Borders Bill: Joint briefing on Clause 31 “Well-Founded Fear Test” (word)28/02/2022
JustRight Scotland, alongside other 26 organisations, have signed this joint briefing addressing Clause 31 of part 2 of the Nationality and Borders Bill which will change the “well-founded fear test” for determining whether someone is a refugee. If changed, the test will result in protection wrongly being denied to people at genuine risk of persecution.
PRESS RELEASE: 60+ Scottish organisations unite against UK Nationality and Borders Bill and ask MSPs to refuse legislative consent (word)22/02/2022
Ahead of the debate in the Scottish Parliament on the Nationality and Borders Bill, we’ve worked with the Scottish Refugee Council and Rape Crisis Scotland to highlight the particular impact on women and children and survivors of sexual violence.
Children’s Rights Organisations Statement on the Nationality and Borders Bill (word)22/02/2022
We strongly urge MSPs to withhold consent for the Nationality and Borders Bill, as the Welsh Senedd has done already. The Bill represents the most severe assault on refugee rights in decades. Children have not been spared in this assault. The Bill treats children just as harshly as it does adults.
Trans equality charity welcome Court of Session decision on transgender rights (word)17/02/2022
Court upholds Census guidance allowing trans men and women to self-identify their lived sex.
PRESS RELEASE: Scottish Trans joins legal challenge to protect trans people’s equal participation in the next Scottish Census (word)25/01/2022
Scottish Trans, part of LGBTI human rights charity Equality Network, have been given permission to intervene in a legal case which is seeking to overturn guidance planned for the next Scottish Census in March.
PRESS RELEASE: Glasgow Social Justice Lawyers welcome announcement of legal aid for asylum seekers in Scotland facing eviction by the Home Office (word)14/09/2021
A group of social justice lawyers based in Glasgow have successfully secured an important gain for asylum seekers in Scotland – the right to access legal aid for representation in tribunal appeals, where they face eviction from housing that is provided by the Home Office.
Human rights groups call for Scottish ‘conversion therapy’ ban (word)16/08/2021
Amnesty International, the Human Rights Consortium Scotland and JustRight Scotland have told a Holyrood inquiry that a ‘comprehensive ban’ on ‘conversion therapy’ practices should be brought forward to protect LGBTI+ people in Scotland.
PRESS RELEASE: Trans equality charity welcome Court of Session decision on transgender rights (word)23/03/2021
Court rules that Scottish Government acted lawfully in including trans women in an equal opportunities measure to improve women’s representation on public boards.
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.