Human rights are owned by us all and are underpinned by the values of dignity, respect, fairness, equality and autonomy. Those values should be evident in our homes, communities, countries and because they are not, we have an unfair society. International human rights standards have been agreed by elected governments and that puts power in the hands of us as individuals and should be the rules which politicians put into practice to address poverty, injustice and violence. Instead human rights are demonised and asserting economic and social rights is a dream for those who feel they are powerless. A human rights culture and effective compliance with international human rights obligations to the maximum extent of our available resources should be a unifying call across Scotland and the UK.
Carole Ewart, Co-ordinator Human Rights Consortium Scotland