Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights

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

SNAP originally ran for four years until 2017.

Read the independent evaluation of SNAP 2013-2017.



A second phase of SNAP is currently being developed 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.

Since July 2018, this group has worked together to review the latest evidence on human rights in Scotland, identifying draft priorities for action and recommending a new governance structure for SNAP.

The draft action plan and consultation document SNAP 2: Proposal for Scotland’s Second National Action Plan for Human Rights was published in Autumn 2019. This consultation was open from Autumn 2019 to January 2020 to gather views and support. Plans are now being finalised for SNAP 2 in discussion with relevant stakeholders.

SNAP 2013 – 2017

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

Read more about how SNAP was developed

SNAP was coordinated by the Scottish Human Rights Commission and developed and implemented by a wide range of people and organisations working together. This included public authorities, civil society organisations, the Scottish Government and people with lived experience of human rights issues.

A wide range of actions took place as part of SNAP across five themes:

  • Better Human Rights Culture
  • Better World – Scotland’s International Obligations
  • Better Lives – Adequate Standard of Living
  • Better Lives – Health and Social Care
  • Better Lives – Justice and Safety

Read the SNAP Year One Report

Read the SNAP Year Two Report

Read the SNAP Year Three Report and Case Studies