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    Rights Defenders

    Human rights defenders are people who act to promote or protect human rights— including the thousands of children and young people in Scotland that are doing this right now.

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    Launching our Rights Defenders Action Group

    Last month, Bruce – the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland – launched the Rights Defenders Action Group, which brings together young human rights defenders from across Scotland. Here, Action Group member Charlotte talks about how the first session went.

Resources for adults

These are resources which can help adults understand what it means for children and young people to be Rights Defenders and what their responsibilities might be in supporting them.

These Rights Defenders resources for adults give more information about how children and young people defend human rights and provide ways to support them to do this.

All adults can support children and young people to be Rights Defenders, but some are duty bearers— meaning their role gives them a particular responsibility to do this.

Learn about duty bearing roles that adults might have.

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Useful links

Official site of the Day of General Discussion

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s site explaining 2018’s Day of General Discussion on children and young people as human rights defenders.

Child Rights Connect: Children Human Rights Defenders

Child Rights Connect’s page explaining the concept of children as human rights defenders and work the organisation does to support them.

Children’s Parliament: Children as Human Rights Defenders

Children’s Parliament page on the work they’ve done ahead of the UN Day of General Discussion.

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Resources from our partners

Children’s Parliament: Shields resource

A resource designed to help children make their own Rights Defenders shields, which explains how to run a shield-making workshop and provides templates for children to make their own alone and in a group.

Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland: Balloon exercise

A resource that uses the metaphor of a balloon to help children and young people think about defending human rights. Each group gets a picture of a balloon, then uses parts of the drawing to think about different issues around being a Rights Defender.

Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland: Balloon graphic

A printable balloon graphic to use with the balloon exercise.