Amnesty launch of Scottish Gypsy Traveller reports

  • Findings on Scottish Local Authorities provision and policies
  • Analysis of Scottish media coverage of Scottish Gypsy Travellers
  • Reports outline both good and bad practice around Scotland

Amnesty International Scotland will launch two reports examining the treatment of Scottish Gypsy Travellers by Scottish local authorities and the media on Monday 2 April at the City of Edinburgh Council's City Chambers.

The event will feature findings of Amnesty's campaign to speak out against the discrimination suffered by the Scottish Gypsy Traveller community, and is supported by the City of Edinburgh Council, Article 12 in Scotland, NUJ Scotland and MECOPP.

The launch will be chaired by Mary Fee MSP, Convener of the Scottish Parliament's  Equal Opportunities Committee, and feature presentations from representatives of the Scottish Gypsy Traveller community as well as organisations working with the community. It will also include contributions from City of Edinburgh Council and Perth & Kinross Council.

Where: City of Edinburgh Council Chambers, 253 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1YJ.

When: 11am - 2pm, Monday, 2nd April 2012

Media welcome to attend - photo opportunities available.

Representatives of the Scottish Gypsy Traveller community as well as organisations taking part and are available on the day for interview.

Article 12 is a young person-led network that works to promote young people's participation and information rights as set out in international human rights charters. This includes work with young Scottish Gypsy Travellers.

MECOPP is Scotland’s leading Black and Minority Ethnic carers organisation.

Event Schedule

Formal presentations taking place between 11am and 12.10pm, followed by lunch and access to the exhibition.

Workshops will run 1pm - 2pm.

  • Workshop 1 - Local Authority Service Provision
    Facilitators - George Narval and Anne Davidson from Edinburgh City Council and Lynne Tammi from Article 12.
  • Workshop 2 - Local Authority Service Provision
    Facilitators - David McPhee from Perth and Kinross Council and Michelle Lloyd from MEECOP
  • Workshop 3 - Scottish Media
    Facilitator - Paul Holleran, NUJ Scotland

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