SNP cannot be trusted to uphold human rights

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP today said the SNP cannot pretend to stand up for human rights at Westminster while they ignore them in Scotland.

Speaking on Human Rights Day, Ms McInnes highlighted the failure of the SNP government to meet international human rights standards on the age of criminal responsibility, stop and search, votes for prisoners, and a range of other issues.

Commenting, Ms McInnes said:

“The SNP are right to say that Tory plans to scrap the Human Rights Act could put fundamental human rights under threat. But the Scottish Government also has a responsibility to act in accordance with international and domestic human rights legislation and the SNP's record in government is dismal.

“This week alone, the SNP rejected moves to increase the age of criminal responsibility to ensure that children are treated like children, not crooks. This was against the advice of the Scottish Human Rights Commission and other campaigners. Scotland is the only part of the UK, and unique in Europe, in forcing eight-year-olds into the criminal justice system.

“Elsewhere, the SNP eventually agreed to Liberal Democrat plans to end the industrial use of discredited, illegal so-called consensual police searches, but they had to be dragged kicking and screaming.

“They are intent on creating a super ID database that privacy and civil liberties campaigners have opposed fiercely. Scottish ministers have rejected moves to extend the voting franchise to short-term prisoners, contrary to the ruling of the European Court on Human Rights. And Police Scotland have been found to have been illegally spying on journalists’ sources.

"So if we judge the SNP on their record and not their rhetoric then it is clear they cannot be trusted to uphold precious rights.”

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