HRCS Briefings and Reports

HRCS letter to John Finnie MSP about his proposed bill on equal protection for children

August 2017

John Finnie MSP held a consultation on a Private Members Bill to give equal protection to children.  This is a big human rights issue and the HRCS wrote a letter to john Finnie MSP to strongly support the introduction of the Bill.  You can read that letter here: Response to John Finnie Bill equal protection for children consultation Aug 2017


HRCS Summary Report – Making Change Happen: Using the courts to make rights a reality

July 2017

This is a summary of the key issues raised by speakers and participants at an event around strategic litigation, organised by the HRCS and the Equality and Human Rights Commission, held in Edinburgh on 1st June 2017.  Read the Summary Report here:Summary report – Making Change Happen


HRCS Summary: The Brexit Process

April 2017

This short briefing provides an overview of the Brexit process, drawn from presentations and discussion at the HRCS Seminar on ‘Brexit and its implications for rights’ held on 27th March 2017. Read the summary here: HRCS Summary Briefing – The Brexit Process



Rights at Risk: A collection of Scottish civil society perspectives on the potential impact of Brexit

March 2017

This report is a collection of contributions from civil society experts in Scotland. Each chapter was written in early 2017 and outlines the organisation’s key concerns around the ways in which Brexit may affect the everyday, essential rights of those that they work with. By drawing on the expertise and on-the-ground insight of each of these organisations, it is hoped that this report provides a useful outline of the task before us, and before the Scottish and UK Governments, if we are to protect and promote a human rights based society in a post-Brexit Scotland.  Read the report here.


HRCS Summary: Key links and publications from HRCS Members’ Roundtable 21st February 2017

February 2017

This roundtable meeting included short presentations from a number of HRCS member organisations about their current work related to human rights. This summary provides links to some of the publications and organisations that were highlighted: HRCS Roundtable followup summary 3 Mar 17