Article 12 Scotland - Human rights and Equality

Resources and publications

2018: Rights are rights: You can’t pick and choose them (2018)

2018 is Scotland’s ‘Year of Young People’; let’s use that platform to ensure that all of our young people are accessing and enjoying their full set of rights and entitlements.
Lynne Tammi, National Co-ordinator, Article 12 in Scotland

This resource provides an accessible summary of the young peoples’ key recommendations published within Article 12 in Scotland’s 2018 report I Witness: The Concluding Observations [which contains the full views, opinions and recommendations of the young people who participated in our research processes, with regards to the Concluding Observations published in 2016 and the issues which they feel continue to impact upon their lives, and those of their families, friends and communities]. Click here to download a copy of the report.

2018: I Witness: The Concluding observations                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In 2015, Article 12 in Scotland published I Witness: The UNCRC in Scotland – Young People’s Voices: a narrative rich insight into the concerns, experiences, hopes and aspirations of five of the most marginalised groups of young people in Scotland – in their own words, on their own terms and according to their own realities; ensuring that the rights of all Scotland’s young people are recognised, respected and promoted; without conditions attached.

This report I Witness: The Concluding Observations contains the views, opinions and recommendations of the young people who participated in our research processes, with regards to the Concluding Observations published in 2016, and the issues which they feel continue to impact upon their lives, and those of their families, friends and communities.

Participants and their partner organisations were drawn from across Scotland and include: young Gypsy/Travellers; care experienced young people; young carers [directly or indirectly] experiencing mental ill-health and young people with disabilities. Click here to download a copy of the report.

2017: Till Doomsday in the Afternoon – Gypsy/Travellers in Scotland
This resource is designed to enable practitioners to raise awareness and understanding of the history, culture and traditions of the Scottish Gypsy/Traveller community and work with young people to identify and seek solutions to the key ‘flashpoints’ [or conflicts] that often occur between Gypsy/Travellers and the ‘settled’ community.  The resource, which is also available to download from the Education Scotland National Improvement Hub, is primarily developed for secondary school CfE level third and fourth – Social Studies, Health and Wellbeing and Literacy and English;  however it can be easily adapted for use within other levels, subjects and themes.  It may also be useful to Community Learning and Development practitioners or others who provide support to young Gypsy/Travellers.  Click here to download a copy.

2016: Scottish Social Attitudes Survey
According to the report, negative attitudes remain stubbornly entrenched, in particular for Gypsy/Travellers:

31% were unhappy about a close relative marrying or forming a long-term relationship with a Gypsy Traveller;

34% said that a Gypsy/Traveller would be an unsuitable primary school teacher.

The report further advises: Specific policy measures which are designed to try to promote equal opportunities are not as yet widely accepted.  There is still some way to go to persuade people in Scotland that ‘positive action’ is an acceptable way to provide equality of opportunity and redress the imbalance for people who share certain protected characteristics. Click here to download a copy of the report.

2016: Discrimination and On-Line Media – consolidated report
This comparative report details the findings of our annual media audits [focused on the on-line media in Scotland] from 2011 – 2014.  Additionally, in reaction to the growing concerns of Article 12 in Scotland, and various other local and national organisations, surrounding the press coverage of the Gypsy/Traveller community by a North East publication, the Press and Journal, Article 12 in Scotland commissioned an independent researcher, Lizzie Alderdice, to analyse its coverage of the Gypsy/Traveller community over four random years; giving us an insight into the historical reporting style of this publication. A summary of the findings can be found at annex 3 of this report.  Click here to download the report.  Detailed findings are available on request from

2015 – 4rd Report: Discrimination and On-Line Media
This report details the findings of our year 4 media audit which has focused on on-line media in Scotland. Key findings include:

•81 articles over 6 months in 13 separate publications – meaning an average of around3 articles per week. This number has decreased slightly since 2013-2014, however, due to the number of publications merging and being bought over by larger media corporations, Article 12 in Scotland feels that this number is still relatively high, especially given that many on-line searches now take the reader to a generic tabloid home-page. We feel this indicates that press interest in the Gypsy/Traveller community in Scotland is still high and showing no signs of decreasing. Article 12 in Scotland finds this worrying and feels this number of articles published continues to be disproportionate to the population size of Gypsy/Travellers living in Scotland.

•Once again, the single publication with the largest amount of articles was The Courier with 31% [an increase of 12% since last year]; The Press and Journal came in as the publication with the second highest number of audited articles – totalling 16%, and up9% from 2013-14.

• The publications with the joint-third highest amount of articles were the Evening Express, with 14%, up 1% from last year [and if you include the total of its sister publication The Press and Journal this number increases to 40%, nearly a half of all published articles, indicating a continued high proportion of reporting in the North East through these two publications alone], and the Daily Mail Online [Scotland], again with 14% [this figure has remained constant since last year], indicating that there is still a national tabloid interest in the Gypsy/Traveller community and that articles are not simply confined to ‘local interest/information’.

• The Scottish Sun was found to have published 7% of audited articles [which gave it the fourth highest number of articles], a decrease of 5% since last year, however, being responsible for nearly a tenth of all articles published once again indicates the interest that tabloid papers have in the Gypsy/Traveller community.

• 78% of articles were focused on sites, up a further 12% from 62% last year [this includes unauthorised encampments, official sites, plans for new official sites and so on]; 49% discussed the Gypsy/Traveller community in general, up from 38% last year; 23% of articles contained negative stereotyping, a decrease of 1% since last year; and 14% focused on crime, an increase of 2% since last year.

• This year, only 1% of audited articles were classed as positive [down 6% from 7% last year]; negative reporting still accounted for well over half of audited articles at 60%, with a further 28% falling within the categories of discriminatory, and 5% classed as racist – only 32% of articles were deemed to be written in a neutral fashion. This means that an overwhelming majority of articles are still portraying the Gypsy/Traveller community in a negative and misleading light.  Click here to download a full copy of the report.

Previous reports

Click here to download a copy of the 2014 Discrimination and the On-line media report.

Click here to download a copy of the 2013 Discrimination and the On-line Media report.

Click here for a copy of our 2012 Discrimination and the On-line Media report.

Article 12 in Scotland’s alternative report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.  Young Gypsy/Travellers’ voices on the state of their rights across the UK – includes the voices of young Gypsy/Travellers from Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Click here to download a copy of the report.

2014 – Experts by Experience: Monitoring the UK National Framework for Gypsies/Roma/Travellers

In 2011, the European Commission published a Framework for National ‘Roma’ Integration Strategies (NRIS) and this was adopted by all of the European Union Members. Consequently, all Member States were required to develop their own ‘Roma’ Integration Strategies tailored to the needs of the ‘Roma’ population in their country.  This report reviews progress on the Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies from the perspectives of the Gypsies, Travellers and Roma communities living in the UK.  The report was developed through primary research conducted with people from the Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as with other professionals working with the three communities.  Young people from the YGTL Project were actively involved in the design, data collection and analysis of the research at Scotland level. Click here to download a copy of the report.

Civil Society Monitoring on the Implementation of the National Roma Integration Strategy in THE UNITED KINGDOM in 2012 and 2013

Also published in October 2014, this comprehensive report, prepared by the National Federation of Gypsy Liaison Groups, supplements or presents alternative information to Decade Progress Reports submitted by Participating Governments in the Decade of Roma Inclusion and to any reports submitted by State parties to the European Commission on implementation of their NRIS. These reports are not meant to substitute for quantitative monitoring and evaluation by State authorities but to channel local knowledge into national and European policy processes and reflect on the real social impact of government measures.  The civil society reports provide additional data to official ones, proxy data where there is not official data, or alternative interpretation of published data.  The project is coordinated by the Decade of Roma Inclusion Secretariat Foundation in cooperation with Open Society Foundation’s Making the Most of EU Funds for Roma programme. Funding for the project comes from the OSF Roma Initiatives Office. Click here to download a copy of the report.


Here are some other information links you might find interesting:

Scottish Parliament Equalities and Human Rights Committee

European Roma Rights Centre

European Commission: The EU and Roma

Travellers’ Times

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