Children and young people can be Human Rights Defenders: This new website explains how

13 September 2018

An image of our Rights Defenders shield.

All over Scotland children and young people are protecting and promoting human rights— and we’ve launched a new website so that more of them feel able to do so.

Rights Defenders will feature the stories of children and young people across Scotland who defend human rights in all sorts of ways. But it will also host lots of resources and information for adults who can support them to do this.

The site is a collaboration between ourselves and:

Visit our Rights Defenders site.

Children and Young People as Human Rights Defenders

Five shields designed by Members of the Children's Parliament go on display in Geneva.

Later this month, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child are hosting a Day of General Discussion (DGD) about children and young people as human rights defenders.

People of any age act as human rights defenders when they protect or promote the rights of anyone— whether that’s themselves, people they know, or anyone else. When they do this, the State and people who work for it have certain duties towards them. But it’s not always clear what these duties should be when children and young people defend our rights, and the Committee will be talking about how that can change.

Children, young people and adults from Scotland are travelling to Geneva for the DGD, and we’ll be writing about what they say and do on the Rights Defenders site. Members of the Children’s Parliament have designed five giant shields illustrating their rights , which are on display in Geneva right now.