Human Rights Consortium Scotland have launched the Make Human Rights Justice A Reality report.
This report is informed by the lived experience of trying to access remedy of community groups and individuals who took part in a series of workshops. This report also draws on the experience of organisations that work day-by-day with people who experience barriers to justice. The report spells out what some of these barriers are:
Difficulties navigating the system
Lack of information and advice on rights
Confusing and excluding communications
Lack of enforceability of rights
Routes to justice being exhausting and feeling like an uphill struggle
This report comes at a time when Scotland is about to introduce a Bill to enhance human rights law in Scotland to include economic, social, cultural, and environmental rights. The Bill will include particular rights protections for women, disabled people and on race. In the midst of these ambitious plans for new law, and if Scotland is to be a country that is rights-respecting in reality and not only in rhetoric, then action is needed.
The status quo around accessing rights justice is not an option. The main purpose of this report therefore is to outline 13 priority actions that will improve access to human rights justice in Scotland.