SNP must implement recommendations from UN rights investigation

Scottish Liberal Democrats have called on First Minister Alex Salmond to give his assurances that he will accept all recommendations to come from a UN human rights investigation into some of the SNP’s controversial justice policies.

The call comes after it was revealed that the Scottish Human Rights Commission have submitted a dossier to the UN setting out concerns over armed police, stop and search and moves to abolish corroboration.

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson, Alison McInnes MSP, said that the significant development highlights how, under the SNP government's direction, Scotland’s once internationally respected liberal credentials have been tarnished.

Commenting on the investigation, Ms McInnes said:

"It is a significant development that Kenny MacAskill's bullish and illiberal approach to stop and search, scrapping corroboration and armed police will now be reviewed on an international level because of concerns over the impact they will have on human rights.

“It is damning that the Justice Secretary’s repeated dismissal of the real fears of people across Scotland has caused these controversial policies to be referred to the UN.

"Under the SNP government's direction, Scotland's once internationally respected liberal credentials have been tarnished. For that, we are owed an apology.

"However more importantly, Alex Salmond must give his assurances that his government will follow every and any recommendation from the esteemed UN human rights commission to the letter. Scottish Liberal Democrats have led the opposition to each of these illiberal policies. Scottish Liberal Democrats will support every effort needed to uphold and protect fundamental human rights in order to guarantee the fair society that modern Scotland should expect from its government."

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