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    Swimming to the surface: Eilidh’s story as a human rights defender

    Eilidh of our Human Rights Defenders Action Group writes about how identifying as a human rights defender has helped her stand up for herself and her own needs.

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    Rights Defenders Action Group

    The Rights Defenders Action group is made up of a group
    of young human rights defenders working to promote and
    protect human rights— and to make it easier for other
    young people to do so.

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    News and Stories

    News and stories about children and young people defending human rights in Scotland, including blogs from children and young people themselves.

Are you a Rights Defender?

Human rights defenders are people who act to promote or protect human rights— including children and young people.

They might do this on their own or do it by working with others.

And being one is about what you do, not about who you are. You might be one now, without even knowing you are.

Often, only adults are recognised as human rights defenders.

But thousands of children and young people in Scotland are defending human rights right now.

We think it’s time they’re protected when they do.

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Adults who support you

Any adult can support children and young people to be human rights defenders, but some of them have a duty to do so.

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Swimming to the surface: Eilidh’s story as a human rights defender

Eilidh of our Human Rights Defenders Action Group writes about how identifying as a human rights defender has helped her stand up for herself and her own needs.

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7 ways to get better at taking young people seriously

All children and young people have the right for their views to be listened to and taken seriously, but adults in Scotland aren’t always good at hearing what they have to say. Katrina Lambert of our Human Rights Defenders Action Group outlines key things adults can do to help young citizens bring about real change.

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