Acting together to advance human rights in Scotland

Who we are

Making Rights Real is a small grassroots human rights organisation in Scotland with a big vision - to support marginalised communities to use the power of human rights to mobilise for economic and social change. 

Inspired by the work of Participation and the Practice of Rights in Belfast and following a successful housing rights pilot, Making Rights Real was founded in 2020 and is growing a network of people and communities using human rights in practice in Scotland. 

This website is still under development. For now, you can find out more about who we are and how Making Rights Real was founded. Sign up to our mailing list below to be kept up to date as we grow and develop the organisation.

We make rights real by working alongside communities to name and claim their rights.

We work to practically support collective action around rights.

We use a human rights based approach, building a movement of allies and supporters to achieve meaningful change.

We are part of a global movement for change, collaborating with people from around the world to share learning and practice.

News & Blog

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Human rights play, SEVEN, gears up for Scottish Premiere for Human Rights Day 2022

By Site Admin | August 26, 2022

“If you put equal rights at the heart of the thing, you have to be sure that everyone is at the table” Inez McCormack Making Rights Real is delighted to announce that rehearsals started this week to bring the play…

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Scottish Government ministers urged to take action as BBC documentary exposes stories of disabled people “locked in hospital”

By Site Admin | August 15, 2022

Tonight (15 August 2022), BBC Scotland airs the documentary “Locked in the Hospital” exposing stories of disabled people locked into hospitals, far from home, and their families’ fight to get them home.  Making Rights Real has joined Inclusion Scotland, C-Change Scotland and 20 other…

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SEVEN – the human rights drama project – introductory workshops

By Site Admin | May 16, 2022

Wednesday 25 May, 10:30am – 1pm An online introductory workshop for women who are interested in participating in our human rights drama project, SEVEN. About this event Are you an activist, campaigner or want to make change happen? Are you a…

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Building Inez’ legacy in Scotland

By Site Admin | January 20, 2022

Clare MacGillivray, Director of Making Rights Real in Scotland reflects on Inez McCormack’s legacy on the anniversary of her death, 21st January 2022. It’s such an honour to reflect on the lasting legacy of Inez McCormack, the Founder of Participation…

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UK Gov plans to replace Human Rights Act “unnecessary, regressive and divisive”

By Site Admin | December 17, 2021

Responding to the UK Government’s announcement on 14 December 2021 that it plans to replace the Human Rights Act, five leading Scottish human rights organisations released a joint statement calling the proposals “unnecessary, regressive and divisive.” In our statement, Making…

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Why now and why Scotland?

By Site Admin | September 28, 2021

The current human rights policy context in Scotland is positive, dynamic and on divergent tracks to the rest of the UK (rUK). With a real “risk of post-Brexit regression in rights” according to the First Minister’s Advisory Group on Human…

Our Inspiration and Learning


Housing Rights in Practice

Housing Rights in Practice was a partnership between PPR, the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) and Edinburgh Tenants Federation (ETF) and aimed to support a group of residents living in poor housing conditions in Leith, Edinburgh advocate for their right to an adequate standard of housing.

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PPR Belfast

Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR) puts the power of human rights at the service of those who need it most. PPR supports marginalised people to assert their rights in practical ways and make real social and economic change in their communities.


Making Rights Real Scoping Study

In 2020, the Baring Foundation funded scoping work to establish Making Rights Real. Led by Clare MacGillivray, the scoping work was supported by a Scottish Advisory Group including Participation and the Practice of Rights, community activists, the Scottish Human Rights Commission, Scottish Community Development Centre, University of Glasgow, Amnesty International, the Human Rights Consortium Scotland and the ALLIANCE.