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Dec 4 2023 4:30PM
Briefing: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill

Amnesty welcomes the reconsideration of the UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill. The Bill will make a wider range of children’s human rights binding in Scots law, something children and young people have spent over a decade...

Nov 21 2023 9:21AM
Briefing - Crisis in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Today (Tuesday) MSPs at Holyrood will debate the crisis in Israel and the Occupied Palestinain Territories. We have published the following brieifng reiterating our calls for an immediate ceasefire by all parties to prevent further...

Oct 16 2023 1:41PM
A New Human Rights Bill for Scotland - Amnesty's consultation response

On October 5 th the Scottish Government’s consultation on a new Human Rights Bill for Scotland closed. Amnesty Scotland welcomes the proposals to strengthen the human rights framework and we have responded to the consultation. For ease...

Oct 8 2023 1:17PM
Amnesty: New Police Scotland chief needs urgent plan to tackle discrimination

Amnesty International has said that Police Scotland’s new Chief Constable must set out an ‘urgent detailed and measurable’ plan to tackle institutional discrimination. Chief Constable Jo Farrell will take up post on Monday as head of...

Jul 10 2023 7:43PM
Illegal Migration Bill

Alongside other human rights and migrants' rights organisations, Amnesty has written to the Scottish Parliament's Presiding Officer to ask why MSPs were not given time to vote on whether to consent to the UK Government's heinous...

Apr 25 2023 1:24PM
Amnesty Scotland Briefing - Refugee Ban Bill

This afternoon (Tuesday 25th April) the Scottish Parliament will debate the UK Government's Illegal Migration Bill, dubbed the 'Refugee Ban Bill'. The Scottish Government has lodged the following motion to be debated by MSPs: That the...

Mar 28 2023 11:19AM
Amnesty International Letter to the First Minister

Amnesty International has written to Scotland's new First Minister Humza Yousaf inviting him to meet rights organisations and campaigners to agree a ‘human rights agenda’ for Scotland. Naomi McAuliffe, Amnesty's Scotland Director...

Mar 23 2023 11:47AM
Refugee Ban Bill

Earlier this month the House of Commons passed the UK Government's Illegal Immigration or 'Refugee Ban' Bill at second reading - the latest but most inhumane and targeted attack on human rights we have seen. The Bill is expected to...

Mar 8 2023 2:02PM
Letter to SNP Leadership Candidates from Human Rights Organisations

Human rights organisations in Scotland have asked SNP leadership candidates to honour commitments to introduce a new human rights bill for Scotland this parliamentary session, and progress implementation of the United Nations...

Jan 17 2023 7:27PM
A statement from Scottish civil society organisations on the UK Government’s intervention on the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill

This week, the UK government announced their intention to block the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill, which was recently passed overwhelmingly in the Scottish Parliament, from becoming law. We, the undersigned, wish to make...