Ruth Maguire MSP today thanked people and organisations who contributed evidence towards a Holyrood inquiry on the impact of Covid-19 on equalities and human rights.

The Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee today heard evidence from organisations acting on behalf of women and elderly people as groups who have been disproportionately impacted by the virus and measures taken to contain it.

This evidence session was the first broadcast meeting of the Committee held since they launched their inquiry which remains open to contributions from the public. Issues such as care homes, Do Not Attempt to Resuscitate (DNAR) orders, domestic abuse and inclusive communication were discussed in depth by MSPs.

Ms Maguire, Convenor of the Equalities and Human Rights Committee said:

“I’m grateful to everybody who has taken the time so far to respond to the Committee’s inquiry. This process is open ended, so I would encourage anybody who hasn’t taken part who feels that their human rights have been unduly impeded to participate.

“This pandemic may be the greatest challenge of our time. Lives have been lost and everyone’s lives have changed. However, although we are all in the same storm, we are most definitely not all in the same boat.”

“As we begin to relax certain aspects of lockdown measures, it’s vital that the rights of those who have been disadvantaged the most during this period are given due consideration in how decisions are made moving forward.”

The full session can be viewed on the Scottish Parliament website.

Your views can be submitted to the inquiry here.