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Welfare Reforms and United Nations Report: Grave and Systematic Violations of Human Rights by UK Government

This is a video of the Inclusion Scotland launching their alternative report on the ‘Implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Great Britain.  This work has been led by Inclusion Scotland, Disability Rights UK and Disability Wales gathering together information and evidence to be presented at the United Nations council in Geneva. Read more

Inclusion Scotland press release: Scottish disabled people call for human rights to be met

In advance of a United Nations Committee’s examination of the UK Government’s record on meeting disabled people’s human rights, a new report maps the many ways in which those rights have not been met. Compiled from the views of disabled people themselves, the report reveals the devastating impact of the UK Government’s austerity agenda and demonstrates the need for Scottish Government to take urgent action to implement its human rights pledges. Read more

An Interview With Dr Tuppy Owens; Human capabilities and supporting disabled people with their sexual lives

Human sexuality has evolved to provide us with the unique capacity to enjoy pleasure on many levels – from long term intimate relationships and erotic play with the person we love, to all kinds of other fun including self-pleasuring. Females even evolved to have larger breasts and males larger penises. It would be great to think that we could all be making the most of our delightful opportunities. Read more

Are Scottish Prisons Fit For Purpose: Transcript and Podcast of Panel Discussion

Judith Robertson, Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission, brings together a panel of people to discuss some of the issues around the prison system in Scotland. She starts by asking ‘Scottish prisons; are they fit for purpose ? Are they doing the job we want them to do ? Are they doing the job the state wants them to do ? Are they doing the job the Daily Mail wants them to do ? Which job are they doing, on who’s terms, and for whom ?

The rights of people who become prisoners and the rights of society in making those kind of decisions forms part of an international context of human rights. Nelson Mandela said “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.” Read more

12th August 2011: The Great Human Rights Swindle by Tom Muirhead

leith on the fringe

During the Edinburgh International Festival of August 2012 twenty two talks were given at Leith on the Fringe at the Out of the Blue venue.  They were free and open to everyone

Name of speaker:

Tom Muirhead.

Title of talk:

The Great Human Rights Swindle;
Human Rights Protections in a European Union

Bullet points of what you would like to cover:

  • The history of the European Union and Human Rights.
  • Asks the question: Is it impossible to have a European Union without a bill of rights available to all of its citizens?
  • Looks at some Human Rights abuses in the UK.

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