Category Archives: Human Rights

Child Poverty Week

Continuing its Face Up to Child Poverty campaign, the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), Scotland’s largest teaching union, is publicly reaffirming its commitment to highlighting the impact of poverty on education during Challenge Poverty Week this week. Child poverty week … Continue reading

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International Workers’ Memorial Day

Events took place across the country this week to mark the annual International Workers’ Memorial Day. In the UK, the purpose of the day is poignantly noted as an opportunity to remember the dead and fight for the living. Ahead … Continue reading

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Model UN delegates come to Clydesdale

Last weekend in Edinburgh, young people from around the world congregated in Edinburgh to attend a Model UN (MUN) Conference. The Edinburgh Conference was in its ninth year and is one of many MUN conferences that take place around the … Continue reading

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The Balfour Project comes to Parliament

The Scottish Parliament recently played host to an exhibit from the Balfour Project on British historic involvement in Palestine. The Project seeks to raise awareness of the Balfour Declaration, an agreement made by the UK Government in 1917 promising a homeland for the Jewish … Continue reading

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Shelter campaign highlights homeless children

In the build up to Christmas, housing charity Shelter Scotland is highlighting the impact of homelessness on young people across the country. The campaign draws attention to the fact that this year there will be 4,000 children waking up on … Continue reading

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Police host event to highlight domestic abuse

Last year I spoke at the opening of an event in Lanark organised by Police Scotland to highlight information, advice and support for victims of domestic abuse. I was delighted that the event was repeated this year at the Carluke … Continue reading

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Show Racism the Red Card

Last month, campaigners from the anti-racism charity, Show Racism the Red Card were in Parliament to promote their work in schools across the country. The campaign aims to combat racism across the UK and uses sporting role models and footballers in particular to help … Continue reading

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The Rights Referendum

In the build up to the independence referendum in September, Amnesty International has launched a dedicated campaign calling for human rights issues to be at the heart of the debate and beyond. The campaign is looking for a commitment from … Continue reading

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Welcoming Palestinian firefighters to Clydesdale

I was recently in Abington to meet a group of firefighters from Palestine, visiting Scotland to take part in training exercises. The group was invited to Scotland by the Fire Brigades Union to help them learn new skills from counterparts … Continue reading

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Thirsting for Justice – access to water in Palestine

Last week I led a Member’s Debate in Parliament addressing water issues in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The debate followed a visit I made to Gaza in November 2012 as part of a Europe-wide delegation of parliamentarians.  I was joined … Continue reading

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