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Our Commitment

The Human Rights team at UNHS is focused on HR education and raising awareness of HR issues not only in Scotland but also around the world. The team is engaged in discussions on HR theory as well as holding meetings, seminars and conferences.  The team produce materials to inform and develop the capacity of current and future HR defenders. Our main aims are, to lower inhibitions relating to HR activism, to support HR focused activity and to facilitate engagement with processes designed to improve human rights protections.


About Human Rights

Many of the volunteers at UNHS are engaged in the study of HR law and policy and are keen to engage in projects and activities that make a difference to people’s lives. The UNHS HR team brings these volunteers together so that we might learn from each other’s knowledge and experience and in turn inform our practice.

Each volunteer brings with them a different perspective and area of concern. This means that the HR issues we are discussing can range quite widely in terms of geography, time and specificity. However, this has not stopped us from identifying certain commonalities in our work and a shared understanding of HR principles.


The UNHS HR team therefore exists as a small community of concern, engaging where we can with people who approach us with human rights worries, other civil society organisations, educational institutions and different levels of government. We engage in discussion, produce materials and hold events designed to educate and raise awareness of human rights issues wherever they emerge.

As UNHS is based in Scotland, we have engaged where possible in proposals for new HR legislation. We are broadly supportive of an integrated and universal HR framework that recognises community and environmental dimensions and involves third parties. We welcome engagement on this and other topics. 

For further information please contact Luke Padfield, Director of Human Rights Projects.