Flag is flown over Moray in support of Human Rights

Don Toonen and Allan Wright raise the flag for Human Rights
Don Toonen and Allan Wright raise the flag for Human Rights

A HUMAN RIGHTS flag was flown over Moray Council’s HQ in Elgin on Thursday as the local authority marked International Human Rights Day.

The Moray building was one of several civic buildings throughout Scotland that flew the specially designed flag – including St Andrews House in Edinburgh.

The flag was raised by Moray Council convener Councillor Allan Wright with the help of the council’s equal opportunities officer, Don Toonen.

Councillor Wright said: “We are delighted to fly the flag from our council building in support of human rights for everyone.  People in Moray need to be more aware of their basic human rights.

“We all have them and need to know how to use them to ensure we are all fairly treated and all have our place in society.”

International Human Right Day aims to help people better understand how human rights are relevant – and how they can help build a fairer and more progressive society. Research has shown that on in five Scots believe that human rights are for minority groups only.

Human Rights Day is marked annually on December 10 to commemorate the day in 1948 when the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

A milestone document in the history of human rights, it sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected.