Rennie presses FM over China human rights abuses

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today pressed the First Minister over her approach to human rights abuses in China, ahead of her visit to the country next month.

Mr Rennie pressed the First Minister over the delivery of a new human rights assessment process and questioned whether companies involved in new deals setup by Scottish Enterprise have had human rights checks.

He also raised the cases of Tibetan language rights advocate Tashi Wangchuk, jailed lawyer Jiang Tianyong and human rights activist Wang Quanzhang, detained by police and not seen since August 2015.

Speaking after the session, Mr Rennie said:

“When the Economy Secretary apologised for the “Scottish shambles” last year he promised a new human rights assessment process but the First Minister's high-handed response suggests that lessons have not been learned.

“What’s more the First Minister was unable to say whether companies she is engaging with in China have had human rights checks.

“I want Scotland to play a positive role in the world. That means that we need to be an outward looking trading nation but it also means we need to lead the way in standing up against human rights abuses wherever they take place. Nicola Sturgeon must do far better next month."

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