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Coordinating international human rights treaty obligations

Scotland works with partners domestically and internationally in order to safeguard and promote the increasing observance of human rights standards as established in a range of international legislation, treaties and conventions, such as:

  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
  • European Convention on Human Rights
  • UN Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
  • International Covenant on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
  • Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
  • Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

International and European bodies regularly review the UK's performance in honouring its obligations under treaties and conventions to which it is party. Some of the resulting recommendations come within the competence of the devolved administration in Scotland to consider, observe and implement. The UK is required to respond to the recommendations and the Scottish Government submits contributions to reflect Scotland's distinctive approach in protecting and promoting human rights.

Treaty/Convention Last report Next report
Reporting Obligations
Universal Periodic Review 2014 (mid-term) 2017
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Mar 2016 Oct 2015 (list of issues)
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Jan 2015 July 2020 (State Party report)
Convention on the Rights of the Child May 2014 Oct 2015 (list of issues)
Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment May 2014 May 2017
International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination Aug 2010

2016 (examination)

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women Aug 2011 Nov 2015 (follow-up information)

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Jul 2013 Oct 2015 (examination)
Council of Europe Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment Mar 2013