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Human Rights Debate, 05/02/13 [S]

Debate in the Scottish Parliament on 5 February 2013 on promoting and protecting human rights in Scotland, Europe and the wider world. The debate was opened by the Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, Roseanna Cunningham.

At decision time the following amended motion was agreed to:

That the Parliament reaffirms the importance in a modern, democratic Scotland of the values proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; acknowledges and asserts the inalienable rights enumerated in the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and enshrined in international treaty; dedicates itself once more to the vision of an inclusive Scotland that respects, protects and realises the human rights of all; commends the work of the Scottish Human Rights Commission, Scotlandís independent national human rights institution; looks forward to the development of Scotlandís first national action plan for human rights over the course of 2013, and embraces the opportunities presented by Scotlandís engagement in the wider world to promote respect for the universal and indivisible rights of all of humanity, and believes that tackling human trafficking should be an essential part of the national action plan for human rights, including a clear commitment to review the current law to ensure that the crime of human trafficking is defined as clearly and comprehensively as possible.

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 5 February 2013 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 5 February 2013