All In For Rohingya: Star-studded Glasgow event to support refugees
Still Game’s Sanjeev Kohli will host fundraiser for people fleeing Myanmar
ACTOR AND WRITER Sanjeev Kohli, best known for his role as Navid in Still game, will join BBC presenter Kawser Quamer in hosting a cross-cultural charity event in support of the Rohingya people who have been forced to leave Myanmar as a result of persecution and violence.
The 4 November event at Oran Mor in Glasgow has been organised by Scottish television writer and producer Uzma Mir-Young and Glasgow businessman Sanjay Mahju, who owns the Ashoka chain of Indian restaurants.
Public misconceptions of human trafficking are a barrier to ending it, says leading human rights lawyer
Legal expert says trafficking is an economic issue which everyone has a responsibility to address
LEGAL EXPERT in human trafficking Kirsty Thomson has said that misconceptions over what trafficking is and who it effects are barriers to addressing it, and consumerist demands for cheap products are contributing to the cycle of exploitation.
Edinburgh World Justice Festival guide: Putting human rights and sustainability on the agenda
Fortnight of events exploring social and economic justice around the world kicks off in Edinburgh
A FESTIVAL exploring the hard issues facing Scotland and the world today – from environmental sustainability and the UK’s housing crisis, to nuclear weapons and international conflicts and human rights abuses – will launch in Edinburgh on 30 September.
CommonSpace takes a look at what’s in store for the 2017 Edinburgh World Justice Festival.
Law Society of Scotland warns EU Withdrawal Bill will strip Scottish Parliament of powers
The Law Society of Scotland has called for a rethink of EU Withdrawal Bill
AHEAD of the second reading of the EU Withdrawal Bill, the Law Society of Scotland has criticised the bill for its removal of legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament and exclusion of the Charter of Fundamental Human Rights.
Explainer: Everything you need to know about the EU Withdrawal Bill
Ahead of second reading of Brexit bill, CommonSpace explains the key points
THE Conservative government’s EU Withdrawal Bill will have its second reading the House of Commons on Thursday (7 September) and Monday (11 September), where MPs will debate the bill before voting on whether to pass it to the next stage.
The bill, which sets out the regulations for the transfer of powers back from the EU, has been widely criticised by opposition parties and pro- EU Tories since it was made available at the first reading on 13 July.
Human rights campaigners join Greens in call for prisoner voting rights
Holyrood’s Equalities Committee urged to back an end to prisoner voting ban
THE Equalities and Human Rights Committee of the Scottish Parliament will meet on Thursday (7 September) to hear evidence on prisoner voting, with Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie and prisoner rights groups calling for a lift of the blanket ban.
Kurdish community shocked by police raids in Edinburgh
Kurdish community centre and homes raided by plain clothes police
THE Kurdish Community Centre and a number of Kurdish families in Edinburgh experienced raids by plain clothes police officers in the early hours of Wednesday (30 August) morning.
Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan and the Kurdish Community Centre condemned the raids as “an open form of racism” and have said that they believe that pressure from the Turkish consulate is behind the raids.
UK Government has caused a 'human catastrophe', says UN committee on disabled rights
The UK Government’s agenda of cuts and austerity has been condemned by a United Nations committee examining the implementation of the UN disability convention
THE UNITED NATIONS Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) has said that the UK Government’s austerity agenda is failing to protect the human rights of disabled people.
Glasgow law firm crowdfunds to resist Tory rape clause
Law firm from Scotland's biggest city gears up for major challenge to Tory rape clause
A GLASGOW LAW FIRM has launched a crowdfunder to fight against the controversial UK Government Rape Clause and two child family cap which limits child tax credits to two children and forces women to reveal if they have had their subsequent children as a result of rape.
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