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Supporting the implementation of Scotland's National Action Plan for Human Rights

The Scottish Government has worked closely with the Scottish Human Rights Commission and others to develop Scotland's first National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP), which was launched by the Deputy First Minister, Professor Alan Miller (Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission), and Nils Muiznieks, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, on 10 December 2013.

SNAP is described as a roadmap for the realisation of all internationally recognised human rights.  It was developed through the participation of rights holders and duty bearers, and is based on evidence.  The rights holders have been drawn from across Scottish society, and key partners include CoSLA, the NHS, third sector organisations and non-governmental organisations.  SNAP has a vision of a Scotland where everyone lives with fundamental human dignity.

To implement SNAP, Human Rights Action Groups have been established around the following areas: Human Rights Culture; Health and Social Care; Justice and Safety; Standard of Living; and Our International Obligation.  The Scottish Government co-convenes the Human Rights Culture, Justice and Safety, and Our International Obligations, and is closely involved in the others.

The Scottish Government sits on a Monitoring Group, which is developing indicators to track implementation of actions.

The Action Groups and Monitoring Group report on a 6-monthly basis to the Leadership Panel, which will agree Annual Reports on progress.  These will be submitted to the Scottish Parliament, and form part of the reporting cycle in relation to international human rights treaties.

A Year One Report on progress in implementing SNAP was published in December 2014 and, to mark the first anniversary, a debate was held in the Scottish Parliament on 4 December 2014.