Amnesty International Scotland
Amnesty's Scottish office provides a focus for our campaigning and fundraising in Scotland. We engage with Scotland's distinct political, education and media structures and take part in wider political and cultural life in Scotland.
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The Sweet Sound of Success - Scotland Schoolgirls Win at our Youth Awards
At a prestigious ceremony in London on Tuesday 30 April, two Scottish pupils were big winners.
Edinburgh Music School's Isla Ratcliff was awarded our 2013 Power of Our Voices Award for Best Lyrics.
Holly Gomez of Woodfarm High School in East Renfrewshire became the Sixth Form category winner of this year's Young Human Rights Reporter Award.
- Hear Isla's song Death Row on Soundcloud
- Read Holly's entry Scars not only physical for North Korea's 'Ghost Prisoners' (PDF)
- Find out more about this year's finalists and See the full shortlist
Holyrood Report finds Scottish Gypsy Travellers living in 'appalling' conditions
On March 26, 2013 the Scottish Government's Equal Opportunities Committee released the report Where Gypsy/Travellers Live
Ministers are 'dismayed' that this, the fourth report the committee has published in 12 years, is alarmingly similar to its predecessors - it shows that Gypsy Travellers in Scotland still suffer appalling living conditions, barriers to health and education and systematic discrimination.
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Arms Trade Treaty agreed
U Myint Aye released
Scotland takes steps towards legalising same-sex marriage
At the end of 2011, the Scottish Government held a public consultation around the potential introduction of religious ceremonies for civil partnerships, and the possible introduction of same sex marriage. We strongly support the proposal, which seeks to create a balanced relationship between same sex and mixed sex couples when it comes to civil partnerships and marriage. Read our response to the consultation
On 25 July 2012, the Scottish Government announced that it intended to legislate to allow same sex marriage, along with the findings from the consultation process. We wait to see when this intention will turn into a reality and continue to support the campaign for Same Sex Marriage in Scotland.
Unlawful Strathclyde Taser pilot finishes
In October 2010, Strathclyde Police Force completed a six month pilot which issued Taser electro-shock weapons to ordinary officers on the beat.
Amnesty International campaigned against the lawfulness of the pilot and we continue to challenge any future policy which enables ordinary beat officers to be issued with these potentially lethal weapons.
In October 2012, the Strathclyde Police Authority finally published an evaluation of the pilot.
- Scottish Environment Minister pledges Governments commitment to tackling climate change and delivering climate justice 29 Nov 2012
- Environment Minister pledges government commitment to tackling climate change and delivering climate justice 27 Nov 2012
- Event: Scotland's Role in Delivering Climate Justice featuring keynote speech by Environment and Climate Change Minister, Paul Wheelhouse 26 Nov 2012
For all enquiries, including media enquiries, please contact the Scottish office