Promote. Protect. Defend.

A report on children and young people as human rights defenders in Scotland

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Human Rights Defenders are people who protect or promote human rights— their own, or their rights of others.

Most people don’t realise younger citizens can act as human rights defenders — or that they’re protected by international law when they do.

At the Children and Young People’s Commissioner’s office, we think it’s time they get the help and support they’re entitled to.

With that aim, we worked with an Action Group of young human rights defenders to help them create a list of eight recommendations for adults in power in Scotland.

This report explains and highlights these recommendations and gives a voice to young people actively working to protect and promote our human rights.

It contains recommendations for the Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament, and Scotland’s main public bodies on how they can and should support young human rights defenders in Scotland.

Read Promote.Protect.Defend.

Resources for young human rights defenders