Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Human rights seminar marks 30 years of campaigning for freedom of information in Scotland

The Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland (CFoIS) turns 30 this year. And it is marking the anniversary with a major seminar in Glasgow on Friday (26 September) exploring whether FOI is part of the human rights agenda, and what still needs to be done to improve the law in Scotland. The event is also Scotland’s celebration of International Right to Know Day, which is on the 28 September.
Aidan O'Neil QC

Leading public, employment and human rights lawyer, Aidan O’Neil QC will address the issue of human rights and freedom of information.
Carole Ewart, Convenor of the CFoIS said
‘We are delighted that Aidan O’Neil can come and address our seminar on this important topic. As constitutional issues across the UK come up for discussion, we need to raise the importance of FOI and develop thinking on the interdependence of human rights and access to information, so we can inform debate on national and local issues.”
Another topic that will be discussed is the relative health of FOI legislation, North and South of the border.
Carole Ewart said
Carole Ewart
            “While there have been things to celebrate in the last 30 years, there is still much to be done. In particular the inclusion of Arms-Length bodies set up by public authorities, and ‘public’ bodies like Registered Social Landlords. We are concerned that Scotland is lagging behind the rest of the UK in maintaining a progressive and effective FOI regime.”
The seminar is being held jointly with Strathclyde University’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law at 2.00pm in the University’s Lord Hills Building. It is supported by the NUJ in Scotland.

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