The Commissioner has a statutory duty to consult with children and young people and involve them in our work. We have the privilege to support and facilitate work with so many inspiring children and young people, in their role as child human rights defenders (CHRDs). We recognise and celebrate the role of CHRDs. We acknowledge that their role is about more than attending activist events or protests, being a CHRD involves a whole range of activities such as, sharing information, promoting online petitions, or being involved in discussion groups. Across Scotland, we see many young people engage in these activities. They advocate for the realisation of human rights for themselves, their peers, and others as human rights defenders on a local, national and international scale.
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