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Flying the flag for human rights

Press release   •   Dec 10, 2015 09:24 GMT

Moray Council is today flying the flag to raise awareness of the benefits of human rights for people across the area.

It coincides with International Human Rights Day and council headquarters in Elgin is among a number of civic buildings – including St Andrews House in Edinburgh – flying a specially designed flag as part of the Scottish Government’s #FlyTheFlag for Your Human Rights campaign.

The campaign is designed to help people better understand how human rights are relevant and how they help to build a fairer and more progressive society.

New research has shown that one in five Scots believe that human rights are for minority groups only.

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.”

People in Moray are also being asked to show their support for the campaign by changing their profile picture on social media to a flag which can be downloaded from

Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 92,500 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.

Headquartered in  Elgin, the administrative capital of Moray.

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