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Rumbles: Scotland still faces human rights challenges

September 20, 2017 10:00 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles today used a Holyrood debate to call on the Scottish Government to tackle the inadequacy of mental health services and end the blanket ban on prisoner voting.

Mr Rumbles used the debate on "Dignity, Equality and Human Rights for All" to draw attention to the Scottish Human Rights Commission's warning that in Scotland "significant human rights challenges continue to be felt in people's day-to-day lives".

Mr Rumbles said:

"In this parliament the Scottish Liberal Democrats have already won major concessions from the Scottish Government; pressing them to raise the age of criminal responsibility, preventing plans for a super ID database and properly regulating police stop-and-search.

"But the battle for a Liberal Scotland is never won. There's plenty the Scottish Parliament could do right now to improve rights for our citizens.

"In particular, the inadequacy of mental health services and the blanket ban on prisoner voting continue to tarnish Scotland's reputation as a leader in human rights and equality. The Scottish Government should immediately press ahead with reforms to end these enduring injustices."