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How Human Rights Can Help to Tackle Scotland's Rising Poverty Levels

By Dan Haddow




This briefing paper proposes a rights-based approach to tackle Scotland’s endemic poverty problem. It argues that human rights law can help to remove the barriers preventing vulnerable people from escaping poverty through a redistribution of resources that creates better opportunities for a greater proportion of the population. It calls on the Scottish Government to enact legislation that incorporates the socio-economic rights to adequate housing and food, education, safe and reliable working conditions, healthcare, social security, alongside transparent and accessible avenues for citizens to claim their rights.


Human Rights & Poverty Paper
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