Please note this process has been postponed by the relevant authorities because of the ongoing COVID-19 situation. We will update this page with new dates as soon as they are available.

The Scottish Human Rights Commission is starting the process of re-accreditation as a National Human Rights Institution in 2020. The Commission is currently accredited as an ‘A Status’ NHRI within the United Nations (UN) system. 

This means the Commission can report directly to the UN on human rights issues and is the only Scottish organisation that can make direct contributions to the UN Human Rights Council.  Our full duties and powers are set out in the Scottish Commission for Human Rights Act 2006.

The short animation below introduces our aims and approach. You can also read the animation script.

The accreditation process assesses our compliance with the Paris Principles both in law and in practice. The process is carried out by the Sub-Committee on Accreditation (SCA) which is part of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI).

Civil society organisations in Scotland are encouraged to make submissions by 1 June 2020 about the functioning of the Commission. Full details can be found here

About the Commission