HRCS Briefings, Reports and Responses


  • Evidence: Joint Committee on Human Rights, Legislative Scrutiny: Bill of Rights Bill 
    August 2022
    The Consortium submitted evidence to the UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights, which is carrying out legislative scrutiny on the proposed ‘Bill of Rights’ Bill, expressing our dismay at the UK Government’s plan to replace the Human Rights Act with new, regressive legislation.
  • Consultation Response: Scottish Mental Health Law Review Additional Proposals
    July 2022
    The Consortium has submitted a response to the Scottish Mental Health Law Review on Additional Proposals, strongly supporting the proposal to improve access to independent advocacy for people affected by mental health issues.
  • Consultation Response: Human Rights Act Reform
    March 2022
    The Consortium has submitted a joint response to the UK Government’s consultation on proposed changes to the Human Rights Act, firmly rejecting the proposals. The response was signed by 46 Scottish civil society organisations.
  • Consultation Response: Scottish Court Fees 2022-2025
    March 2022
    This joint response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on court fees was written with the Scottish Association of Law Centres. It states that court fees should not be charged, to ensure that everyone can realise their right to access to justice.
  • Capacity Review of Scottish Civil Society on Human Rights
    January 2022
    This Review, written by Mhairi Snowden of the Consortium and Kate Nevens and Ellie Hutchinson from the collective, explored questions around the ways and extent to which organisations use human rights in what they do, and what would help them to engage with human rights more.




  • Extend legal aid to NGO and group cases
    September 2019
    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
    August 2019
    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
    August 2019
    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
    April 2019
    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?
    January 2019
    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
    November 2018
    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.



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