People around the world have different rights and responsibilities depending on the country they live in.
In Scotland and the rest of the UK, the Human Rights Act 1998 outlines fundamental rights and freedoms that everyone is entitled to.
The rights people in Scotland have are balanced by responsibilities:
|Right to life||Not to harm or endanger other people's lives|
|Freedom of thought, belief and religion||To respect the freedom of people to have different thoughts, beliefs and religions|
|Freedom of expression||To express yourself within the law, and allow others to express themselves|
|Protection from discrimination||Not to discriminate against others|
|Participate in free elections||To accept the results of elections, even when you disagree with the outcome|
There are some differences in the rights and responsibilities we have in Scotland as oppsed to the rest of the UK.
When it comes to political participation, everyone over the age of 16 and who is on the electoral register can vote in Scottish Parliamentary elections and local government elections.
In line with the rest of the UK, everyone over the age of 18 can vote in UK Parliamentary elections.