Scotland leads the way on Human Rights

SNP MEP Alyn Smith has welcomed the Scottish Human Rights Commission re-election to the role of Chair of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) today.

The Commission was unanimously re-elected for another three years to chair the European Network, which co-ordinates work by 40 NHRIs across wider Europe and is one of four regional networks bringing together human rights bodies from all over the world.

Alyn said:

“This is good for Scotland and good for the Human Rights Commission and I commend those who have contributed to the well-being of human rights in Scotland and seek to advance them elsewhere.  Scotland is at the forefront of vital work on protecting human rights in an international context.

“I am delighted to see our national human rights institution leading the work of the European Group in seeking the adequate promotion and protection of human rights.  It's notable that the UK Government is talking about scrapping the Human Rights Act and pulling out of the Council of Europe while another Scottish institution is delivering improvements in the field."