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 set out a bold roadmap towards a Scotland where everyone can live with human dignity.

SNAP was the first National Action Plan for human rights in any part of the UK and drew 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.

Download the Action Plan 2013-2017 and reports on progress in Year One, Year Two and Year Three. You can also watch the highlights from a reception held to mark SNAP's third anniversary in December 2016 (video below).

SNAP originally ran for four years until December 2017. It is currently being reviewed and updated by a Development Working Group of around fifteen representatives from civil society and the public sector. A national participation process took place during 2017 to inform the future of SNAP. Read the participation process report and watch highlights from a National Participation Event below. 

The Development Working Group is working together to review the latest evidence on human rights in Scotland, identify draft priorities for action and recommend a new governance structure for SNAP.

The Group aims to have a draft action plan ready for wider consultation by summer 2019. The report of an independent evaluation of SNAP will be published at the same time.

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Introduction to SNAP


SNAP Year 3 Reception Highlights


National Participation Event - December 2017