Human Rights in Housing

As part of Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights, the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has produced a series of case studies profiling how communities in Scotland are using human rights to tackle poor housing, challenge poverty and improve health.

Edinburgh Tenants Federation is delighted that a film highlighting our joint work with SHRC and the Participation in Practice of Rights in Belfast  to support residents in West Cromwell, Citadel and Persevere Courts achieve improved housing conditions, was launched at the Scottish Parliament on 7th December

You can read more about our human rights in housing case study here.

Judith Robertson, Chair of the Commission, said, “When talking of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted sixty-eight years ago this weekend, Eleanor Roosevelt stressed that human rights must have meaning in the ‘small places, close to home’. These projects show how the work taking place through SNAP – Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights – is taking international human rights standards and supporting people to apply them in their everyday lives – realising the right to housing, the right to an adequate standard of living and the right to health.”

Heather Ford, one of the residents involved in our project spoke of how this project had benefitted the residents: “Understanding our human rights has given us a strength to carry on. We believe now that we really can make a difference – not just for ourselves but for our entire community.”