Human Rights

SCLD believes everyone should be valued and respected for who they are and what they contribute as equal citizens.  Human Rights provide a robust framework for achieving this by protecting the rights and strengthening the voices of marginalised groups including people with learning disabilities.  We advocate a human rights based approach to policy and practice to ensure that rights such as dignity; non-discrimination; participation and inclusion; respect for difference; equality of opportunity and accessibility are upheld and secured for all.

Reports/Consultations

SCLD Response to the British Institute of Human Rights Call for Evidence, Human Rights Check UK – July 201

SCLD: Parallel Report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on the Progress of Implementation of the UNCRPRD in the United Kingdom (Scotland) – May 2014

SCLD Submission to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review – June 2012

SNAP Health and Social Care Action Group

SCLD is a member of the SNAP Health and Social Care Action Group.  The role of the group is to identify opportunities for using human rights as a driver for change in health and social care and challenge and lobby for greater change to achieve this.

The group is working towards the following outcomes:

  • People understand and embrace the value of human rights, asserting them in all parts of their lives.
  • People are empowered to shape and direct decisions that affect their human rights.
  • Organisations providing public services value and put human rights at the heart of everything they do.
  • Inequality of people’s life outcomes, because of who they are or where they live, has been dramatically reduced.
  • Inequality of people’s access to quality services, because of who they are or where they live, has been dramatically reduced.
  • People feel that they are treated with dignity when using public services, irrespective of who they are or where they live.

Useful Resources

UNCRPD – UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

SNAP – Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights

SHRC – Scottish Human Rights Commission