Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill

Last night, after the Lords dropped their opposition, all of Scotland’s Tory MP’s stood with their Westminster colleagues and voted in favour of the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill. A stark reminder that this UK Government does not value human rights equally and will flout international law when it comes to asylum seekers [...]

Marking International Women’s Day 2024

Glasgow Kelvin MSP Kaukab Stewart has marked International Women's Day 2024, alongside female SNP colleagues outside the Scottish Parliament.  During an interview with The National, Ms Stewart endorsed the paper's all-women International Women's Day edition.   As Minister for Culture, Europe, and International Development, Kaukab Stewart announced a £3 million fund for women and girls [...]

2024-03-08T10:28:57+00:00March 8th, 2024|Human Rights|0 Comments

Welcoming Languages

Welcoming Languages: Including a Refugee Language in Scottish Education is an inspiring, collaborative project based at University of Glasgow School of Education. It is delivered by an international team which also includes the Arabic Centre of the The Islamic University of Gaza الجامعة الإسلامية بغزة in Palestine. I was privileged to attend the launch of [...]

Sheku Bayoh Inquiry Resumes

Hearings to take evidence in the inquiry into the death in police custody of Sheku Bayoh, in May 2015, resumed in Edinburgh today. I couldn't attend this morning's vigil due to a longstanding constituency engagement, but I sent a message of solidarity to Sheku's courageous sister, Kadi Johnson, and other family members. 'Friends, I send [...]

2022-11-22T16:15:21+00:00November 22nd, 2022|Anti Racism, Human Rights, Justice, Mental Health|0 Comments

Scotland’s leadership delivers progress on Loss and Damage at COP27

As Convener of the Cross Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Pakistan, I was pleased to welcome Consul General Raza to our meeting on 8 November. The Consul General shared these shocking images of how monsoon floods left one third of the country under water, with houses, hospitals, industry, and livestock all just washed [...]

2022-11-22T12:40:45+00:00November 22nd, 2022|Climate Emergency, Human Rights|0 Comments

Social Security Scotland – building a benefit system to tackle inequality

Last week I read an article in the Daily Record that really rankled with me. It was about the new Social Security Scotland system being developed by the Scottish Government to deliver a range of benefits. Some of these benefits we are taking over from the UK Government, and some are brand new benefits, like [...]

Celebrating Pride Mardi-Gla 2022!

I really enjoyed being part of the amazing Pride Mardi Gla march in Glasgow on 17 July - the first major Pride event in Europe with a theme of bisexuality. The success of this inclusive and diverse event is a wonderful tribute to the many years of campaigning and awareness raising by so many committed [...]

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