The Scottish Government has committed to introduce a new human rights bill in Scotland that will include protections for socio-economic rights including the right to food.
The new bill is set to fully incorporate four crucial human rights treaties:
- the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)
- the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
- the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD)
- the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
These treaties include vital protections for socio-economic rights including the right to food.
The new human rights law would mean public bodies and others have duties to uphold these rights, and also these new rights will be enforceable in Scottish courts.
Read the report from the National Taskforce
Read the Scottish Government’s response
Published 12 Mar 2021
Right to Food: Everyone has the right to enjoy safe, nutritious and sustainable food. This project advocates the realisation of the Right to Food in UK law.
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