Scotland’s second National Action Plan for Human Rights is now being developed. This is known as SNAP 2.

Draft proposals for SNAP 2 were developed and published for consultation in September 2019 including 61 possible actions. Read SNAP 2: Proposal for Scotland’s second National Action Plan for Human Rights. This work was carried out by a Development Working Group of around fifteen people from across civil society and the public sector.

xtensive feedback was received on the draft proposals. A report of the feedback was published in September 2020. Read SNAP 2: Consultation Feedback Report

In September 2020, more detailed information was also published about the longlist of 61 draft SNAP 2 actions. Read SNAP-2: Outcomes and Action Planning.

This includes an analysis of the relationship between the draft SNAP 2 actions and other key frameworks such as the National Performance Framework and the National Taskforce on Human Rights Leadership. It also includes more detail about potential resources and implementation steps required. Further work remains to be done to refine, prioritise and plan in detail the actions to be taken forward.

Next steps

Representatives of the SNAP 2 Development Working Group met with Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People, Christina McKelvie MSP, Minster for Equalities and Older People and Professor Alan Miller, Independent Co-Chair of the National Taskforce on Human Rights Leadership in January 2020.

At that meeting, commitment was made to the Scottish Government’s participation in and support to an appropriate SNAP 2 governance structure in collaboration with the Scottish Human Rights Commission, other public bodies, civil society organisations and rights holders. Detailed proposals will now be developed for Ministers in the coming months.

Commitment was also made that full consideration would be given to appropriate resourcing for SNAP 2 once the governance structure was developed.

It was also agreed that there was potential synergy between SNAP 2 and the National Taskforce on Human Rights Leadership and that further discussion would take place about how this happened in practice.

Despite some delay to finalising SNAP 2 as a result of COVID-19, it is now hoped that proposals will be finalised by the end of 2020, with a view to launching SNAP 2 in the early part of 2021.

Page last updated – September 2020