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Scotland's National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP)

Scotland's first National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP) has a vision for Scotland where everyone lives with human dignity.

Launched in December 2013, responsibility for developing the plan was shared by public bodies, voluntary organisations and individuals from all over Scotland.

SNAP is the first action plan for human rights for any part of the UK. It is being implemented by five human rights action groups:

  • Human Rights Culture
  • Health and Social Care
  • Justice and Safety
  • Standard of Living
  • Better World (Our International Obligations)

We co-convene the Human Rights Culture and Justice and Safety Groups, as well as participating in the others.

We also sit on a monitoring group that is developing targets and indicators to track progress.

The action groups and monitoring group report to a leadership panel every six months.

The panel produces annual reports on progress that are submitted to the Scottish Parliament. These form part of the international human rights treaties reporting cycle.

In December 2014 a SNAP Year One progress report was published and a debate on SNAP's progress was held in the Scottish Parliament.

A SNAP Year Two progress report was published in December 2015 and a second debate on SNAP's progress held in the Scottish Parliament in February 2016.

A SNAP Year Three Report and case studies are now available.

Key partners

We work with the following organisations to promote and protect human rights in Scotland, the UK and internationally: