Human rights are under attack from the UK Government. Whilst human rights are explicitly supported by the Scottish Government, the real problem remains the failure of ‘duty bearers’ ie the public sector, to deliver on existing human rights obligations. Fixing that problem should occupy the political energy and practical action of our elected politicians with a consequent gain of the public understanding that human rights are relevant and powerful in making our lives better, and Scotland fairer.
A YouGov poll for the Scottish Government in 2015 confirmed the difficulties in perception with one in five Scots saying human rights are for minority groups only and two in five Scots saying they have no bearing on their everyday life. Read full report here: Human Rights 1 March