What is our international role?
The Commission is the national human rights institution (NHRI) for Scotland. The Commission is committed to acting as a bridge between national and international experiences on human rights, and giving Scotland a place in the international arena.
In June 2010 the Commission achieved the highest level of accreditation from the United Nations known as having ‘Grade A’ status. Only 67 countries within the UN system have independent commissions holding this level of accreditation. This allows the Commission to report directly to the UN on human rights issues such as the rights of older people, health, business, and climate change and human rights, and to make contributions to the Human Rights Council. Read the news release about our accreditation.
In May 2011 the Commission was elected as Chair of the European Group of National Human Rights Institutions. The European Group is one of four regional groups which bring together human rights bodies from all over the world, made up of 35 human rights institutions from Portugal to Azerbijan, Luxembourg to Greece, and works alongside regional groups from Africa, Asia / Pacific and the Americas.
Find out more about our role as European Chair.