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McInnes backs UN stop and search report

July 24, 2015 12:40 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes has welcomed the support of the UN Human Rights Committee for Lib Dem moves to scrap so-called consensual stop and search in Scotland.

The report called on the Scottish Government to "repeal non-statutory stop and search powers in Scotland" and raised concerned about the use of consensual stop and search "undertaken on a large scale by Police Scotland, that appear to involve, inter alia, the selective application of such measures in a manner which is allegedly unlawful and disproportionate."

Commenting, Ms McInnes said:

"It is a bittersweet victory that the internationally respected UN Human Rights Committee supports our position that so-called consensual stop and search should be scrapped.

"In a modern, democratic country it should not be the case that our institutions have been so begrudging towards reforming this illiberal and unregulated tactic.

"I hope that the SNP will soon publicly back my moves to amend the Criminal Justice Bill so that we can guarantee more people the justice system they deserve."