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Oct 31 2021 10:07AM
Police Must Protect the Right to Protest at COP26

Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) that will begin in Glasgow this weekend (Sunday 31 October), Amnesty International UK has urged police to ensure the right to peaceful protest is protected. Naomi McAuliffe, Director of...

Sep 9 2021 10:41AM
Briefing - COVID Vaccine Certification Scheme

As MSPs prepare to debate the Scottish Government's proposed vaccination Certification Scheme on Thursday afternoon Amnesty have published a briefing setting out our concerns with the policy. Amnesty urges the Scottish Government to...

Aug 10 2021 4:11PM
Amnesty urges the Scottish Government to stand up for human rights in Zambia

Amnesty has told the Scottish Government it must be prepared to speak up for Zambians’ rights to vote peacefully as the country prepares to elect its next President. On Thursday the country will go to the polls amidst a climate of fear...

Jun 21 2021 5:21PM
Briefing - Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill

As the Scottish Parliament prepares to debate all three stages of a new Coronavirus Bill just 3 days after its introduction, Amnesty has briefed MSPs. The Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill amends prior Coronavirus acts...

Jun 2 2021 2:11PM
Briefing - Learning Lessons & Building Forward

As the Scottish Parliament continues a series of debates on Covid-19 his week Amnesty briefed MSPs on why Scotland needs a human rights based recovery. - There is a growing body of evidence that serious human rights breaches are likely...

May 24 2021 6:29PM
New Report: Delivering Human Rights In Scotland During COVID-19

New research from the Amnesty and our partners at the Human Rights Consortium Scotland has found there is little evidence that the human rights of Scottish citizens were taken into consideration as major public service redesigns took...

May 4 2021 4:32PM
SP21 Manifesto Round-up

As Scotland heads to the polls to elect its next Parliament - at Amnesty Scotland we’ve been analysing how manifestos measure up on human rights. In December 2020 we met with representatives from the main parties to discuss our policy...

Apr 15 2021 9:43PM
A Manifesto for Human Rights

Ahead of the Scottish parliamentary elections on May 6th, Amnesty Scotland has set out the commitments we asked for from parties to ensure Session 6 of the Scottish Parliament is truly transformational in creating a nation where human...

Apr 8 2021 5:44PM
Scottish Elections: Human + Digital Rights Hustings

Amnesty Scotland has been engaging with several political parties about our priorities for the next Parliament ahead of the Scottish elections next month. We would like to invite you to join us for a live-streamed candidate hustings...

Mar 15 2021 11:02AM
What Just Happened? The need for a public inquiry into COVID in Scotland

Amnesty joins with charities and organisations across Scotland to write a joint letter to the First Minister asking for a timeline and framework for a COVID Public Inquiry.

Dec 6 2019 1:41PM
The Time is Now

This is a guest blog by our Scotland Speaker Coordinator, Alex Mackenzie Recently, more than any other time, I have felt deflated by the reporting on the climate crisis. The UN warned of a “bleak”future as the carbon emissions gap...

Oct 10 2019 2:59PM
Sunday 18 August

The Imprisoned Writers Series at the Edinburgh International Book Festival Since 1997, Amnesty International in Scotland has shared the voices of writers whose human rights have been compromised - because they have been imprisoned...

Sep 19 2019 2:24PM
Striking to save our islands
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This is a guest blog from Amnesty activist Méabh Mackenzie who lives in South Uist in the Western Isles. On Friday 15th March, Méabh and her fellow pupils at Daliburgh School went on strike to highlight the climate crisis for their own...

Aug 28 2019 3:54PM
We Are All Born Free

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) sets out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of children (defined as under 18 year olds) and is a particularly important piece of international law...

Aug 27 2019 3:21PM
Imprisoned Writers 2019

Since 1997, Amnesty International in Scotland has shared the voices of writers whose human rights have been compromised - because they have been imprisoned, exiled or executed for exercising their freedom of expression; because they...

Aug 27 2019 1:39PM
Saturday 24 August

Imprisoned Writers: Women Speaking Up The readings today are from women who have experienced or witnessed sexual abuse, women who have spoken out and spoken up in an attempt to re-claim the narrative around violent abuse of women and...

Aug 27 2019 1:38PM
Thursday 22 August

Imprisoned Writers: When the Situation is Desperate - Curated by Scottish PEN ‘The situation is desperate’. These are the last words the world saw written by Maltese investigative journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, published the...

Aug 27 2019 1:37PM
Wednesday 21 August

Imprisoned Writers: In a Desperate Situation - Curated by Scottish PEN The title of today’s session takes its inspiration from the last line of Daphne Caruana Galizia's final blogpost, published the day she was killed. Every day around...

Aug 27 2019 1:26PM
Tuesday 20 August

Imprisoned Writers: Autocratic for the People In 2018, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights turned 70. And yet, it is abundantly clear that none of us can take any of our human rights for granted. We certainly cannot take for...

Aug 27 2019 1:12PM
Monday 19 August

Imprisoned Writers: Trans Writes Estimates suggest that around 1 per cent of the population might identify as trans, including people who identify as non-binary. Many people know they’re trans from a young age. Some trans people might...

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