human rights

Faculty welcomes creation of human rights National Taskforce

Plans to set up a National Taskforce for Human Rights Leadership have been applauded by the Faculty of Advocates’ Human Rights and Rule of Law Committee (HRRoL).

Published 13 June 2019

Rights watch

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

Published 31 May 2019

Honour for Faculty of Advocates' Hong Kong-based Piya Muqit

A member of the Faculty of Advocates has been named on a list of Lawyers Who Are Changing the World For the Better 2019.

Published 29 May 2019

Egypt: More than 2,000 death sentences handed out in past five years

Preliminary death sentences have been handed to more than 2,400 people in Egypt, including 11 children, during President Abdelfattah el-Sisi’s first five years as president, a Reprieve report has revealed.

Published 27 May 2019

UK government appoints human rights ambassador

The UK government is appointing an international ambassador for the promotion of human rights.

Published 20 May 2019

Rights watch

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

Published 3 May 2019

UK overseas spending linked to 350 death sentences in Pakistan

Britain has assisted prosecutions in anti-terrorism courts in Pakistan that have handed down more than 350 death sentences in the last five years, The Telegraph reports.

Published 16 April 2019

Scottish Human Rights Commission: Right to food should be enshrined in Scots law

The right to food should be enshrined in law in Scotland to protect people from rising food insecurity and the impacts of Brexit, according to a new report by the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC).

Published 15 April 2019

Equality body launches research into legal aid for victims of discrimination in Scotland

Research has been launched by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) into whether legal aid enables people who raise a discrimination complaint in Scotland to get justice.

Published 12 April 2019

UK government signals it could back Britons in Syria facing death penalty in Iraq

The UK government has indicated its preferred destination for British nationals detained in north-east Syria, explicitly opposing their transfer to the Assad regime or the US facility at Guantanamo Bay, but confirming it is in “regular discussions” with the government of Iraq about how to “achieve justice”.

Published 11 April 2019

Equality Commission asks whether Scottish criminal justice system discriminates against disabled

A legal inquiry into whether people with mental health conditions, cognitive impairments and conditions including autism are experiencing discrimination in the criminal justice system has been launched by the Equality & Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

Published 4 March 2019

Human rights experts set to debate refugee protection at student law conference

Human rights experts are set to debate refugee protection at a student-led human rights conference in Aberdeen next month. Lawyers Without Borders Student Division at Aberdeen University will hold it

Published 21 February 2019

Human Rights Act under threat from UK government

The UK government has failed to give assurances that it will not repeal or replace the Human Rights Act – a stark contrast to its proclaimed commitment to "shared values of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms" – the House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee has stated.

Published 18 January 2019