UK condemned for delay on ratifying convention on tackling violence against women
Women’s rights advocates call for more urgent adherence to Istanbul Convention
ORGANISATIONS dedicated to the social, political and legal rights of women have welcomed the SNP’s call on the UK Government to fully ratify the Istanbul Convention on taking action to tackle violence against women.
Engender, one of the feminist bodies in Scotland described the delay by the UK to ratify it "shameful", and called on the Scottish Government to extend its own commitments to tackling violence against women.
Faculty of Advocates pledges support for Kenyan rights following murder case
In the midst of questions over police abuses in Kenya, international pressure for justice grows
THE Faculty of Advocates in Scotland has sent a message of support to lawyers in Kenya who have taken part in nationwide protests in defence of the rule of law.
Kenya is often praised as a beacon of democratic stability in east Africa, but recent crushed demonstrations and recklessness by police have led to questions about whether the benchmarks of their nation’s progress are being eroded.
UN slams UK austerity in damning housing and human rights report
International spotlight thrown on Scotland as UN questions UK austerity
EVIDENCE from The Govan Law Centre (GLC) contributed to the newly-released United Nations (UN) Committee on Economic and Social Rights report on housing and human rights in the UK.
The UN Committee on Economic and Social Rights reviews countries’ progress on housing every six years and last month it reviewed the UK’s record since 2008.
The UN report found UK-wide performance on housing rights to be “severely lacking”.
Police Scotland refusing to disclose how many children it detained in 2015
No way of knowing if situation has improved since 2013 when police accused of breaching human rights
SCOTLAND’S single police force has refused to tell journalists how many children it detained in 2015, sparking fresh criticism around human rights.
Laura Wood: Why we highlighted the complicity of civil engineering in Qatari migrant abuse
Glasgow activist Laura Wood, who chairs the Glasgow Anti-Slavery group, writes for CommonSpace about why she organised the recent demonstration on migrant rights and slavery, and what happened when she confronted a room full of civil engineers about the appalling conditions on the Qatari projects they were discussing.
I HAD HEARD through the grapevine about the Institution of Civil Engineers holding a lecture on the construction of Qatari stadiums.
Scottish Government questioned on secret surveillance system with UK spooks
Scottish Greens and Liberal Democrats raise Snowden leaks in parliament
SCOTLAND’S JUSTICE SECRETARY has said he is confident Police Scotland follow legal surveillance rules – but any questions on secret service mass surveillance should be directed towards the UK home secretary Theresa May.
Government minister Michael Matheson MSP faced questions from John Finnie (Scottish Greens) and Liam McArthur (Liberal Democrats) over the legality of the secret Scottish surveillance system revealed in recent Edward Snowden leaks.
Pol Clementsmith: We need an independent monitor of the threat from secret surveillance
Digital rights campaigner Pol Clementsmith raises concerns over the recent Edward Snowden revelations about Scottish surveillance
THE MAIN ISSUE with the bulk collection of data is the capacity to sift through it in any really meaningful way. Randomly grabbing every little digital byte and bit simply creates a mammoth intelligence iceberg that just keeps on getting bigger and more difficult to fathom. You just end up with too much data and no time to look at it all.
Politicians and researchers raise questions over secret Scottish surveillance system
Issue of spying will be raised with the Scottish cabinet secretary for justice
PRO-CIVIL LIBERTIES politicians have raised concerns over the revelations that policing body the Scottish Recording Centre (SRC) had access to mass surveillance from UK secret services.
Exclusive: Edward Snowden leaks reveal secret Scottish spy system
CommonSpace and The National newspaper team up to reveal what we know about Scotland’s place in the UK spy network
SECRET REPORTS leaked by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden have revealed how UK mass surveillance of phone and internet activity was accessed by Scottish police forces.
The documents confirm that a little-known policing body called the Scottish Recording Centre (SRC) was given access to information logs that includes millions of communications data including phone activity, internet histories, and social media behaviour on Facebook.
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