Can talking about 'dignity' support the growth of human tights culture?

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In 2018 the leader of the Scottish Government established an Advisory Group on 'human rights leadership'. This was spurred by the political context of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union although the foundations had been laid over many years of advocacy by the national human rights institutions and civil society, and by legislative developments. The First Minister's Advisory Group was guided by principles of keeping pace with fundamental rights protections at European level, and by what was perceived as a timely ambition to demonstrate broader human rights leadership. It reflected the pursuit of 'a programme of activity which places human rights, equality and human dignity at the heart of public policy in Scotland.' It was a human rights strategy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Rights Strategies
Place of Publication[S.I.]
Number of pages23
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 18 Aug 2022


  • human rights
  • localisation
  • Scotland
  • dignity


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