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

Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP) was launched on International Human Rights Day, 10 December 2013. It sets out a bold roadmap towards a Scotland where everyone can live with human dignity.

SNAP is the first National Action Plan for human rights in any part of the UK and draws from experiences of countries all over the world as well as guidance from the United Nations and the Council of Europe.

Based on evidence and broad participation, SNAP was developed by a Drafting Group from across the public and voluntary sectors. An Advisory Council, whose members reflect the diversity of Scottish civic life, oversaw the process.

It is not a traditional action plan but a transformative programme of action including agreed outcomes, priorities and a process for working together from 2013–2017. SNAP is coordinating action by a wide range of public bodies and voluntary organisations towards achieving the vision of a Scotland where everyone can live with human dignity, where social justice, equality and empowerment are the hallmarks of our society.

Download the Action Plan 2013-2017 and reports on progress in Year One, Year Two and Year Three.


Human Rights Day 2016 at the Scottish Parliament

In the lead up to International Human Rights Day 2016 (SNAP’s third anniversary), the Scottish Human Rights Commission held a reception at the Scottish Parliament showcasing some of the action plan’s key achievements to date. The event began with speeches from Christina McKelvie MSP (Convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Equality and Human Rights Committee), Ken Macintosh MSP (Presiding Officer at The Scottish Parliament), Angela Constance MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities) and Judith Robertson (Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission). It concluded with a video of SNAP’s pilot project highlighting housing rights in practice. 

The video below shows some highlights from the event.

Human Rights in Practice: Housing

The Parliament event on Human Rights Day 2017 concluded with a showing of our "Human Rights in Practice" video, showing the work of a group of residents in Edinburgh who are using human rights to challenge poor housing conditions, as part of SNAP. You can see it below: