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A national taskforce is to be set up to ensure that Scotland is a world leader in putting human rights into practice.
The group will focus on the development of new legislation to enhance the protection of human rights in the country.
It will be co-chaired by Strathclyde University Professor Alan Miller and Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville.
The announcement of the taskforce follows recommendations made in December last year by the First Minister’s Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership.
Consultation is already under way by the Scottish Government on proposals to incorporate the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into domestic law.
Co-chair Professor Miller said: “There is an urgent need for human rights leadership in today’s world. The leadership steps to be taken in and by Scotland are clear.
“It is therefore a welcome responsibility to have been asked to co-chair the National Task Force for Human Rights Leadership.
“I look forward to working with my co-chair and with people from all walks of life to improve the everyday lives of everyone and to help make Scotland a better country in a better world.
“In taking on this role I pay tribute to the human rights commitment already demonstrated by the Scottish Government, and also by the Parliament and the wider public sector in Scotland.”
He added: “I also recognise the tireless commitment and invaluable contributions made by civil society over many years as well as the inspiration to be drawn from the work of the Scottish Human Rights Commission and Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights.