Scottish Human Rights Commission Annual Report 2013/14

The Scottish Human Rights Commission Annual Report for 2013/14 was published in October 2014.

2013-14 was a busy year for the Commission’s work to promote and protect human rights in Scotland.

  • Scotland’s first ever National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP) was launched, marking a major step forward in the realisation of human rights, right across Scotland.
  • The Commission’s legal and policy work led to human rights concerns being taken on board by the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government, on issues ranging from welfare reform to corroboration to mental health legislation.
  • The Commission’s work with survivors of historic child abuse continued, with the publication of a draft Action Plan on Justice for Victims.
  • And in its role as a bridge between Scotland and the international human rights system, the Commission contributed evidence to meetings of the UN Human Rights Council and reviews of implementation in Scotland of the Convention Against Torture and the Convention on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.

2014-15 promises to be another year of both opportunity and risk for human rights in Scotland. The Commission looks forward to continuing its work to secure further tangible improvements in the way people’s rights are respected, protected and fulfilled in practice.