All Our Rights in Law: AdvoCard Conversation

Have your say about Scotland’s new human rights law

Online Meeting – Wednesday 9th December, 2- 4pm or Send us your views!

(For people in Edinburgh with lived experience of mental health issues and/or problematic substance use.)

A National Taskforce is putting together recommendations to the Scottish Government for a new human rights law. This law would build on existing human rights laws to strengthen how all our rights are protected.

This new law might include the right to the following economic, social and cultural rights:

  • Adequate, accessible and affordable food
  • The highest possible standard of physical and mental health
  • A social security safety net
  • Adequate housing
  • Take part in cultural life
  • A healthy environment

The new law could also include specific rights for disabled people, women, black and minority ethnic people, older people and LGBTI people.

As a country, Scotland has signed up to international laws that set out our human rights. But only some of these rights can be enforced in Scotland’s courts at the moment. Those are the rights set out in the European Convention on Human Rights, and protected by the Human Rights Act – like the right to vote, right to private and family life, and rights to freedom from torture or unfair detention, sometimes known as civil and political rights.

The Human Rights Consortium Scotland and the Scottish Human Rights Commission are both members of the National Taskforce.  They would like to hear from people and communities across Scotland about how a new human rights law should work.  They also want to know what people might need to use the new law to claim their rights.

You can find out more here – www.allourrightsinlaw.scot  You can also watch a short video about the new law at the bottom of the About page.  

AdvoCard are putting in a response to make sure that your views are represented.

We are hosting an online meeting so that we can collect your views.  We have limited spaces in the meeting, so if the meeting is full, or if you are not able to make it to the meeting, you can send us your views by email or by post, or you can tell us your views over the phone.  

The questions we will be asking in the meeting are:

  1. What difference do you think it would make to have these rights (the rights at the top) written into Scotland’s laws? Your answer can be about one of the rights, some of them, or all of them. 
  1. Are there any people or communities whose rights seem particularly at risk?
  2. What does government need to do to make sure this new human rights law makes a real difference to people’s lives?
  3. Everyone will be able to use this new law to claim their human rights. What kind of practical information, support or resources do you think people in your community will need to do this? 
  4. What is your final message to the National Taskforce and the Scottish Government? 

If you would like to attend the meeting, please get in touch with Becky by end of day, Monday 7th December.  Email [email protected]

If you would need a BSL interpreter at the meeting, we can have one there, but please let us know as soon as possible so that we can arrange an interpreter in time.

If you would like to send us your views by email, send them to [email protected] If you would like to send them by post, send them to Collective Advocacy, AdvoCard, Andrew Duncan Clinic, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Morningside Place, Edinburgh EH10 5HF  Please get them to us by end of day Wednesday 9th December.  

If you would like to give us your views over the phone, please give us a call on 0131 554 5307 – we’ll arrange a time to get your views.  

If you are sending us your views, please make sure you keep them brief and to the point, as that will make it easier for us to collate them into our collective response.  If you want to write a longer response you can write a response as an individual – see below. (You can do both if you like.)

Please let us know if you have any questions.

You can also respond as an individual and send your views directly to the Human Rights Consortium Scotland and Scottish Human Rights Commission.  You can find out more here – www.allourrightsinlaw.scot/respond/