Systematic human rights work
Everybody should be able to enjoy human rights. To reach this aim, systematic work is needed to make internationally agreed human rights standards a reality in everyday life. An inclusive and participatory approach involving public authorities, civil society, business sector and national human rights structures is essential for improving human rights protection. Such work should be continuous and it requires measureable objectives, effective coordination and independent evaluation of results.
National action plans for human rights (NAPs) are an effective tool for making this happen. A growing number of European countries are using them to address a broad range of human rights in a coherent way. NAPs are useful for assigning responsibilities and identifying gaps in human rights work. The Commissioner for Human Rights gives guidance on NAPs and promotes their preparation and implementation during country visits and through other activities. In March 2014, the Commissioner organised a workshop to exchange experience and lessons learned and to develop a network of practitioners in this area.
National action plans for human rights in Europe ( open / close )
Last update: June 2017
|Country||Expired NAP||Evaluation (partial)
/ implementation report
|Current NAP||future NAP under
preparation / consideration
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||♦|
|Republic of Moldova||2004–2008,
|Turkey||2015, 2016, 2017||2014–2019|
|Scotland in the United Kingdom||2014, 2015, 2016||2013–2017|
|1 Reports not available publicly.
* All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.