Human Rights Bill Lived Experience Board Reports

The Scottish Government has committed to introducing a new Human Rights Bill for Scotland. This Bill will incorporate 4 more major United Nations human rights treaties. These treaties are:

The Bill will also include the right to a healthy environment, as well as rights for older people and LGBTi people.

In order to ensure that the Bill is informed by the experiences of ordinary people, particularly those who have experience of their rights being threatened, the Government has funded the Consortium to facilitate a Lived Experience Board, which has been meeting since February 2022 to discuss specific aspects of the Bill.

All the reports from the Lived Experience Board meetings are available below:

Block One (February-March 2022)
The group discussed some of the benefits of human rights incorporation for people in Scotland, and existing barriers to human rights.

Block Two (May 2022)
The group discussed access to justice; what it looks like, the current barriers, and how to improve it in the new Human Rights Bill.

Block Three (June 2022)
The group discussed accountability, the right to be listened to, and the rights of women, Black and Minority Ethnic people, migrants, and disabled people.

The Cost of Living Crisis (October 2022)
The group discussed the impact of the cost of living crisis on human rights in Scotland.

Block 4 (November-December 2022)
The group discussed the implementation of the new Human Rights Bill, and what good implementation of law and policy looks like in real life.

Block 5 (August-September 2023)
The group discussed the Human Rights Bill consultation, which ran from June-October 2023.

The Scottish Government has also worked with two other Lived Experience Boards. The Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities has been working with adults with learning disabilities to share their experiences and advice, and Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights) has been holding meetings with children and young people, who have been named the Rights Detectives. Read their reports below: