Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) used their democratic mandate to defend young people’s rights on a national platform at the Young People’s Rights Review in Edinburgh on Wednesday 18th April, 2018.
Funded by the Scottish Government, the event – which was held in Dynamic Earth in the capital – was a chance for the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) to ensure young people’s voices are at the heart of the Scottish Government’s Children and Young People Rights Action Plan, which is due to be published later this year.
Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Maree Todd MSP, with Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament at the Young People's Rights Review in Edinburgh on 18th April 2018.
The event, inspired by the Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations, was attended by MSYPs from across the length and breadth of Scotland, and saw the young people prepare to make their case on a particular rights-based issue through a series of workshops. MSYPs used UN recommendations to back up their own consultation-based calls to the Scottish Government – linking local, national and international human rights monitoring in a unique way as human rights defenders.
The morning’s workshops were delivered by experts from leading rights-based organisations, including Alan Miller (Special Envoy, Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions and Chair of the First Minister’s Expert Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership), Andy Sirel, (Associate at JustRight Scotland), Megan Farr, Policy Officer from the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland, and the Scottish Government's Adverse Childhood Experiences team.
In the afternoon, 40 officials from the Scottish Government and eight Scottish Government Ministers – including the Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Maree Todd MSP – took to their seats to listen to speeches, with an opportunity to grill the young speakers on the topics covered, which included mental health, LGBT+ discrimination, poverty-related attainment gap, and the minimum living wage.
Through this co-production and participation, MSYPs will help to hold the Scottish Government to account for their young people’s rights obligations – a key part of the human rights based approach to policy-making.
Watch SYP's video report from the Young People's Rights Review below.
To check out the speeches delivered by the participating MSYPs in their respective regions, click on the videos below (written versions of speeches can be viewed by clicking on the MSYPs' names).
Highlands and Islands
North East Scotland
Glasgow and Central Scotland
National Voluntary Organisations
Mid Scotland and Fife