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Tag Archives: Nicola Sturgeon

MSP calls for improved LGBTI rights and AIDS services in Malawi


  An MSP has called on the First Minister to work with the government of Malwai to help boost LGBTI rights and widen access to HIV/AIDS treatment services. Writing to Nicola Sturgeon ahead of World Aids Day, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Liam McArthur has drawn attention to the challenges facing LGBTI people and those with HIV/AIDS living in the African ...

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St Andrew – a saint who stood up for minorities?

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  Today is St Andrew’s Day, a day in which many us take a great deal of pride – including our First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, who has today claimed our patron saint was a champion of minorities and the oppressed. But how did St Andrew come to be associated in Scotland, and what lessons can be learned from his life ...

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Majority in Scotland wish to remain in the EU reveals poll

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A poll conducted by Yougov has found an overwhelming majority of Scotland’s population wishes to remain in the European Union (EU). The Yougov EUref poll, published earlier this week, showed that 55% of Scots would vote to remain, while 30% to leave.  In Wales the poll found that 42% would vote to remain versus 38% to leave, out of a ...

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Saltire Thistle to host fundraising night


  Scottish gay-friendly football club Saltire Thistle will be hosting a fundraising night on Saturday 14th November. The Glasgow-based Gay Football Supporters’ Network (GFSN) League champions will be holding the race night event to coincide with the opening game of the new GFSN season in which they will seek to defend their historic league and cup double. Thistle finished the ...

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Saudi Arabia opposes LGBTI rights inclusion in UN development goals

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Saudi Arabia said it objects to the inclusion of LGBTI rights in the United Nations’ (UN) new agenda for global development because it runs “counter to Islamic law.” The UN adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Friday, calling for development agreements in fields ranging from healthcare to economic equity. Some targets, which relate to universal access to reproductive healthcare ...

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Shami Chakrabarti: scrapping Human Rights act harmful to LGBTI and women’s rights

Shami Chakrabarti

In an exclusive KaleidoScot interview, Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, warns that the UK government’s plans to dilute or scrap the Human Rights Act (HRA) and the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) will adversely affect LGBTI and women’s rights. Chakrabatri also warned that such a legal change will hurt the UK’s standing internationally and erode confidence in the sincerity of ...

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Sturgeon: Saudi Arabia’s stance wrong – LGBTI rights are universal human rights

Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, Minister Humza Yousaf, Alyn Smith MEP and Stewart McDonald MP have sharply criticised Saudi Arabia’s stance, which now chairs a key UN human rights panel, regarding LGBTI rights. It follows the controversial appointment of Faisal bin Hassan Trad as Chair of the Five-Member Consultative Group of the UN Council for Human Rights last ...

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Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland says NO to scrapping the Human Rights Act

Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, warned that the Scottish Government will block any attempt by the UK government to scrap the Human Rights Act (HRA) and weaken the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) that is embedded within it. In a speech she said the responsibility for the Human Rights Act is with the UK parliament but ECHR and human ...

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Media disregard for award winners shows inability to grasp diversity


  It seems the mainstream media still don’t “get” LGBTI issues. Or even the existence of an diverse LGBTI community – even among those sections of the media anxious to appear inclusive to the point they sponsor LGBTI events. This week, the first ever Scottish LGBTI Awards ceremony was held in Glasgow. The media was there in force, but anyone ...

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Jeremy Corbyn wins by landslide Labour leadership contest

Jeremy Corbyn

Left wing backbencher Jeremy Corbyn won the British Labour Party elections by a landslide, successfully seeing off a frontbenchers Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall. Corbyn received an overwhelming 59.5% the votes, over 40% more than his nearest rival Burnham, who got 19%, making a second round was unnecessary. Former minister Tom Watson was elected deputy leader. Corbyn who ...

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