Making our human rights real means having our rights in law. The UK Government, including Scotland, is signed up to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. The convention sets out what state parties (like Government and local authorities) are supposed to do, but because these rights are not part of our own domestic laws in Scotland, disabled people cannot rely on them or have them enforced in court.
Inclusion Scotland is working towards having the Convention being incorporated into Scots Law so that the rights we have are the rights we enjoy in practise. With the ALLIANCE we commissioned a paper from an academic to explore what incorporation means and what model of incorporation would work best for disabled people in Scotland. Download and read the report:
CRPD Incorporation in Scotland – Exec Summary (PDF)
CRPD Incorporation in Scotland – Exec Summary (word Doc)
CRPD Incorporation in Scotland – Report (PDF)
CRPD Incorporation in Scotland – Report (Word Doc)
CRPD Incorporation in Scotland – Easy Read
The National Taskforce on Human Rights Leadership will conclude its work in early 2021 and make recommendations to the First Minister around a legal framework for human rights in Scotland. In the Programme for Government 2020-21 the Scottish Government committed to exploring incorporation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled People. Inclusion Scotland and the ALLIANCE sent copies of this report to the First Minister and the Cabinet, and to the Taskforce.