Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP) was launched in December 2013 as a 4-year roadmap towards making human rights real for everyone across Scotland. SNAP’s vision is of ‘a Scotland where everyone can live with human dignity’. It is the first national action plan for human rights in the UK.
SNAP has three pillars, aiming to create:
- Better culture: people understand and can exercise their human rights. Organisations are able to put human rights into practice and held accountable for doing so.
- Better lives: Scotland effectively tackles justice and exclusion, improving lives.
- Better world: Scotland gives effect to its international human rights obligations both at home and internationally.
For more information see the SNAP website.
How does SNAP work?
SNAP is coordinated by the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) and has been given a strong commitment by the Scottish Government. SNAP involves a wide range of partners from across the public, private and third sector to progress actions across the three SNAP pillars.
Around 50 organisations (including many of Together’s members) participate in five Action Groups to identify priorities for action and take these forwards.
- Health and Social Care Action Group
- Adequate Standard of Living Action Group
- Justice and Safety Group
- Better Culture Action Group
- Better World Action Group
These Action Groups each involve the Scottish Human Rights Commission, Scottish Government, relevant public bodies and civil society organisations.
SNAP and children’s rights
Children’s organisations have welcomed the positive approach taken by Scottish Government towards SNAP. The SNAP Action Groups provide a channel through which actions relating to children’s rights can be taken forward.
It is important that work is done to ensure that children themselves are involved in SNAP, in both identifying priorities and taking actions forward.
Annual reports are published which set out progress made towards achieving SNAP’s goals, as well as medium (by 2020) and long-term (by 2030) goals.
SNAP beyond 2017
Initially SNAP was presented as a four-year-long action plan for 2013-2017. Together is currently working with the Scottish Human Rights Commission and others to plan for SNAP beyond 2018.