HRCS Briefings, Reports and Responses
- Incorporating International Human Rights: How the human right to a healthy environment advances the rights of disabled people
This joint briefing from Environmental Rights Centre Scotland (ERCS) and Inclusion Scotland explores the relationship between environmental and disabled people’s rights, and how incorporation of international human rights treaties into Scots law would advance them both.
- How the human right to a healthy environment advances our right to health
This briefing, from Environmental Rights Centre Scotland (ERCS) explores the relationship between environmental rights and the right to health, and how incorporation of international human rights treaties into Scots law would advance them both.
- The relationship between the human right to a healthy environment and the right to food
This briefing, from Environmental Rights Centre Scotland (ERCS) with input from Nourish Scotland, explores the relationship between environmental rights and the right to food, and how incorporation of international human rights treaties into Scots law would advance them both.
- Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee: Pre-Budget Scrutiny 2022/23, submission from Human Rights Consortium Scotland
This consultation response was sent to the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee to aid in their scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s 2022-23 budget. It calls for increased funding to implement an effective human rights framework.
- Human Rights and Devolution: Devolution as a Vehicle for Human Rights Protection and Progress
This briefing from Dr Katie Boyle and Professor Nicole Busby provides a detailed overview of human rights and devolution in practice, and examines the challenges and opportunities posed by the erosion or enhancement of devolution.
- Views on the End Conversion Therapy petition: Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee Consultation
This joint consultation response was sent to the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee, and fully supported the aim of petition PE1817 to prohibit the practice of “conversion therapy” in Scotland.
- Delivering Human Rights in Scotland During COVID-19: A 2020 Survey of Public Authorities
A joint report from the Human Rights Consortium Scotland and Amnesty International, which found that most public authorities could not provide evidence of human rights-based decision-making in their response to COVID-19, based on a survey which covered 48 public authorities; all 32 local authorities, all 14 Scottish health boards, Police Scotland and the Scottish Prison Service.
- Independent Human Rights Review: Evidence from Human Rights Consortium Scotland
This consultation response was sent directly to the UK Government’s Independent Human Rights Act Review Panel, and recommended that the panel makes no recommendations which would weaken the Human Rights Act.
- Joint Committee on Human Rights: Evidence on the Government’s Independent Human Rights Act Review
This response to the UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights strongly recommended that no changes should be made to the Human Rights Act which would result in it having any less ‘teeth’, impact and effectiveness in protecting individuals, on law and policy, and on improving public services. It was supported by 19 member organisations
- Bold and fearless: Towards an independent human rights funding agenda for Scotland
Throughout 2020, with Corra, Making Rights Real and Human Rights Consortium Scotland have been creating space for conversations around the role of independent funding in strengthening human rights in Scotland. This report captures insights and themes gathered from these conversations, including from podcasts, round tables and an event held in November 2020.
- Human Rights and Devolution: The Independent Review of the Human Rights Act: Implications for Scotland
In this briefing written for the Civil Society Brexit Project, Professor Nicole Busby outlines the potential implications of the UK Government’s Independent Review of the Human Rights Act for human rights protection in Scotland.
- Human Rights and Devolution: Understanding the role of judicial review in Scotland and the consequences of the independent review of administrative law
Dr Katie Boyle writes for the Civil Society Brexit Project, explaining that proposed reforms to the Judicial Review process have serious implications for human rights protection in Scotland and across the UK.
- Proposed Right to Food (Scotland) Bill: Consultation Response
This response was submitted to a consultation on a Private Members Bill to enshrine the right to food in Scots law. The Consortium was fully supportive of the aims of the Bill.
- UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Submission to the Scottish Parliament Finance and Constitution Committee
This submission to the Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee welcomed the Continuity Bill, and recommended improvements to ensure that Scotland continues to keep pace with European Union developments in human rights, following exit from the European Union.
- Submission to Scottish Parliament Equalities and Human Rights Committee Inquiry: Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Equalities and Human Rights
This submission to the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee was supported by a coalition of 30 civil society organisations, and raised urgent concerns around the impact of COVID-19 on human rights.
- Good Food Nation Proposals for Legislation: Consultation Response
This response was submitted to a consultation on the Scottish Government’s Good Food Nation legislation, and was supportive of measures to strengthen the right to food in Scotland.
- Extend legal aid to NGO and group cases
Cases taken by groups and NGOs are important to enforcing human rights law. However, even where cases can be taken, often the cost is too much. The Consortium responded to the review of legal aid to ask that legal aid be available to groups and NGOs taking cases, not only individuals.
- Incorporation of the UNCRC directly in Scots law
The Scottish Government has committed to ‘gold standard’ incorporation of the UNCRC into Scots law. The Consortium submitted a consultation response highlighting what is needed for strong and effective incorporation. We supported the draft Bill produced by an expert advisory group convened by Together and the Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Scotland.
- Public sector funding for equalities and human rights
The Scottish Parliament Equality and Human Rights Committee asked for evidence to guide their budget scrutiny around public sector of the third sector aimed at promoting equality and human rights. The Consortium responded from our members’ experience around the all-too-common gap between rhetoric and policy, and the budget allocated to make them a reality on the ground.
- Submission to UN Committee against Torture
This submission is based on a collation of concerns from Consortium members, including prison overcrowding, segregation of prisoners, destitution of asylum seekers and the need for therapeutic support for victims of torture living in Scotland.
- Summary paper: What types of support do Human Rights Defenders need?
An overview of some of the key kinds of support that many Human Rights Defenders need and want, both in Scotland and in other countries. This draws on discussion at a Consortium roundtable held in November 2018.
- Overcoming Barriers to Public Interest Litigation in Scotland
This report explores why there is a lack of strategic court action in Scotland and suggests recommendations to address this. It suggests key barriers are: poor access to information about court cases; limitations to who can take a case to court; short time-limits for taking cases; inhibitive costs and financial risk; and a limited culture of using public interest litigation to bring change.
- HRCS letter to John Finnie MSP about his proposed bill on equal protection for children
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.
- HRCS Summary Report – Making Change Happen: Using the courts to make rights a reality
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.
- HRCS Summary: The Brexit Process
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.
- Rights at Risk: A collection of Scottish civil society perspectives on the potential impact of Brexit
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.
- HRCS Summary: Key links and publications from HRCS Members’ Roundtable 21st 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.
- What next for Human Rights: HRCS 2015 Annual Conference
Presentations from civil society and Alex Neil MSP, (then) Cabinet Secretary with responsibility for human rights, together with summary of workshops.