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Our international obligations

We work with UK and international organisations to safeguard and promote the increasing observance of human rights standards.

These are set out in a range of international legislation, treaties and conventions including the:

  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
  • European Convention on Human Rights
  • UN Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
  • International Covenant on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
  • Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
  • Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

International and European bodies regularly review the UK's performance in meeting its obligations under treaties and conventions it is signed up to.

Some of the resulting recommendations are for Scotland as a devolved administration to consider, observe and implement.

The UK is required to respond to the recommendations, and we submit contributions to reflect Scotland's approach to protecting and promoting human rights.

Our UN treaties and conventions factsheet details all the treaties and conventions ratified by the UK, and provides links to UK state party reports, Scottish Government position statements, and UN treaty body concluding observations.

United Nations treaty reporting obligations

This includes our position statements for all relevant treaties and conventions, and the dates for the next UK examinations.

Treaty/Convention Recommendations Scottish Government position statement Next activity
Universal Periodic Review 2017 April 2017 Mid term report 2019
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 2016 March 2016 State party report 2021
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 2015 January 2015 State party report 2020
Convention on the Rights of the Child 2016 March 2016 State party report 2022
UN Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment 2013 To be updated following submission of state party report State party report 2017
International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination 2016 2015 UK state party report 2017 UK follow-up report State party report 2020
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women 2013 To be updated following submission of state party report State Party report 2017
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2017 A fairer Scotland for disabled people 1 Update on specific recommendations 2018

Footnotes

  1. A fairer Scotland for disabled people is our delivery plan for the CRPD