The SNP's record on human rights is atrocious

This week, we marked international human rights day. But as we celebrated the huge progress that we have made in protecting fundamental rights over the last few decades, it is clear that they are under threat.

Tory plans to scrap the Human Rights Act could put fundamental human rights at risk.

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. Human rights should be the same in Aberdeen and Edinburgh as they are in London, Belfast or Cardiff.

The SNP are absolutely right to oppose Tory plans for the abolition of the Human Rights Act.

But you cannot claim to defend human rights in London while ignoring them in Edinburgh.


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