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“Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world’.  

Preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

As a human rights organisation working across the UK, we were deeply concerned by statements published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) last week on plans in Scotland to amend the Gender Recognition Act and UK government plans to ban conversion therapy.

We recognise these actions by the UK’s National Human Rights Institution are about people’s lives, and we aim to stand in solidarity with trans and non-binary communities in their fight to live lives of dignity and equality. 

Like other human rights organisations including Amnesty UK and Liberty, we disagree with the EHRC’s assessment and believe that their intervention is damaging to human rights, particularly those of trans and non-binary people in the UK.

We know that this has caused deep hurt and stand in solidarity with organisations such as Stonewall and Gendered Intelligence who work specifically on these rights and with impacted communities.

As a UK-wide organisation we also stand in solidarity with Engender in Scotland, who have clearly outlined the long and careful process of consultation undertaken before proposals for reform were made by the devolved government in Scotland.

When we engage in these issues, we must all remember that we are talking about the basic human rights of marginalised groups in our society to exist on equal terms and enjoy the same standards and privileges as everyone else.

Human rights are inalienable, they belong to us all. Trans rights are human rights.

Background image by Teo Georgiev