Consortium Submits Response to Independent Review of the Human Rights Act

House of Commons

The Consortium and several member organisations have created a joint submission to the Independent Review of the Human Rights Act, whose call for evidence closed today (3rd March 2021).

The submission strongly recommends that no changes be made to the Act which would result in it having less impact on law and policy, service provision or protecting individuals from human rights abuses. It also emphasises the impact that any changes to the Act may have on Scotland’s devolution agreement. The Human Rights Act is embedded into devolution in Scotland via the Scotland Act 1998, and so any changes to it could cause disruption to the positive effort being made to advance human rights in Scotland. The submission uses examples from across civil society which demonstrate the positive impact the Human Rights Act has had in protecting people’s rights and promoting a more rights-based approach to service provision for vulnerable people.

Click here to read the submission in full.

Member organisations who directly support this submission are:

  • Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE)
  • Engender
  • Humanist Society Scotland
  • Deaf Scotland
  • Close the Gap
  • Welfare Scotland
  • Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD)
  • Scottish Refugee Council
  • Howard League Scotland
  • British Institute for Human Rights
  • Article 12 in Scotland
  • Forth Valley Migrant Support Network
  • Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights)
  • Alcohol Focus Scotland
  • Nourish Scotland
  • Equality Network
  • Scottish Trans
  • Inclusion Scotland
  • JustRight Scotland
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