Successful event with a focus on human rights

Volunteers and staff from Angus Independent Advocacy took part in an event in Dundee with the Scottish Human Rights Commission and the British Institute of Human Rights in Scotland as part of their 16 Rights/16 Cities/16 Weeks Human Rights Tour of the UK.

Around 35 people took part in the Dundee event at the Tayside Deaf Hub, bringing together representatives from the voluntary and community sector who are interested in the future of human rights in the UK. As well as discussions on the future of the Human Rights Act, charity and campaign group Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) presented on human rights and mental health, and the Independent Living in Scotland project outlined the connections between independent living and human rights.

There were also debates on media myths about human rights and about how current budget cuts can effect people’s ability to claim their human rights in housing, health and access to justice.

“The advocacy volunteers who attended found the event increased their knowledge of Human Rights and how these apply to everyone, particularly in the context of welfare reform,” said Elizabeth Montgomery-Fox, Volunteer Co-ordinator at Angus Independent Advocacy.

Jemma Neville, outreach co-ordinator with the Commission, said: “We were delighted to have so many people come along to the meeting to share their experiences with the Commission and the British Institute of Human Rights.”

The British Institute of Human Rights have visited a number of other cities across the UK as part of the outreach and awareness raising tour.