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The Human Rights Check UK project is asking civil society organisations to highlight where Scottish citizens' rights are not being met

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15th April 2016 by Susan Smith 0 Comments

Civil society organisations in Scotland are being urged to tell the United Nations (UN) how the UK is doing on human rights.

A British Institute of Human Rights project is aiming to ensure the third sector feeds into the UN's upcoming review of the human rights situation in the UK.

The body is running a series of events and activities called Human Rights Check UK to support organisations to be heard in the international process.

Richard Wingfield, senior human rights officer at the institute, said: "Civil society organisations have a vital role to play in telling the UN what they think about the human rights situation here at home."

The body is holding events in Inverness on Wednesday, 27 April and in Edinburgh on Thursday, 28 April.

The events will help organisations to learn more about the relevance of human rights to their work and understand the UN's Universal Periodic Review process for assessing a nation's human rights record. They also aim to identify key new human rights issues in the UK which the UN should review.

Wingfield added: "This event is for you if you work for a charity, voluntary or third sector group and deal with social justice, equality, or rights issues. If you support people experiencing discrimination or marginalisation, your organisation has important evidence they can help you share with the UN."

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