Urgent measures are needed to remedy the “alarming" state of prisons across the EU, the European Parliament has said in a recent resolution. MEPs have called for action to protect prisoners' fundamental rights and minimum common standards for detention conditions in all EU countries. According to MEPs, an "alarming picture…

The Scottish Law Commission has recently published its Report on criminal liability of partnerships.  The Report was prompted by a failed prosecution following the fatal fire at the Rosepark nursing home in 2004, which highlighted a problem with the law: a partnership could not be prosecuted once it had been…

Tomorrow, 10th December 2011, is Human Rights Day. The event is celebrated every year on 10th December - the birthday of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was created 63 years ago. "Human rights belong to every one of us without exception. But unless we know them, unless we…

Crime victims who are granted protection in one EU Member State will be able to get similar protection if they move to another, under new European Protection Order rules endorsed by the Civil Liberties and the Women's Rights Committees of the European Parliament. Protection would be available to, for instance…

Anyone suspected or accused of having committed a crime in the EU must be promptly informed of his or her procedural rights in easy-to-understand language, according to a draft law endorsed by the Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament. Any suspect who is then arrested or detained must also…

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (the Commission) has launched the findings from its inquiry into human trafficking in Scotland. The inquiry focused on trafficking for the purposes of forced labour, domestic servitude and criminal exploitation, but more explicitly on commercial sexual exploitation.  The findings led to a series of…

A package of proposals to overhaul Scots criminal law has been unveiled following a year-long independent review by the High Court Judge, Lord Carloway. The Carloway Review was commissioned last year by Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill. Lord Carloway's Report follows an extensive research and consultation process, supported by a full…

The Scottish Human Rights Commission (the Commission) has made its submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council on the human rights record of the UK as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. The UK was last reviewed in 2008. The UPR process involves gathering information from the…

The Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has emphatically rejected the proposal of a UK Bill of Rights. This was the primary question posed in the consultation process of the UK Government appointed Commission of Inquiry on a Bill of Rights, which closed on Friday 11th November. The Commission on a…

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