SNAP ‘home for collective action on human rights’ in Scotland, Commission tells UN

The Scottish Human Rights Commission will today tell the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva about progress made through Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP).

Now in its second year, SNAP brings together dozens of partners working across government, civil society and the public sector on issues ranging from access to justice for victims of historic child abuse, police stop and search and rights-based approaches to addressing poverty. Other developments include a national plan on business and human rights, as well as work on Scotland’s commitments to climate justice.

Professor Alan Miller, Chair of the Commission, will tell the Council that SNAP is “neither a traditional top-down tick list nor a bottom-up wish list [but] a collaborative and transformational approach which seeks to bring about sustainable culture change.”

Launched to mark International Human Rights Day, 10 December, in 2013,  SNAP will be independently monitored in 2017.


  1. The Scottish Human Rights Commission is an independent public body with a remit to promote and protect human rights for everyone in Scotland. It is accredited as an “A status” national human rights institution within the UN system.
  2. The 28th session of the Human Rights Council takes place from 2 to 27 March at the UN headquarters in Geneva.
  3. Scotland's National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP) was launched on 10 December 2013 and sets out a roadmap to realising human rights for everyone in Scotland.