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30 YEARS OF THE CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD

I dropped into the Child Rights Alliance England and UNICEF’s event this week in Parliament to celebrate 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. We must see the CRC enshrined in domestic law here in the UK to protect children’s rights and give them the best opportunities in life.

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EUROPE MUST INTERVENE ON CATALONIA

A pleasure to hear from Catalan Foreign Affairs Minister, Alfred Bosch, addressing members of the APPG on Catalonia about the situation there.

Human rights are universal, but they are being crushed by the Spanish Government. People are being indiscriminately beaten in the street for demanding their human rights through a democratic vote as their leaders are locked up. European leaders must intervene.

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FIRST MINISTER’S ADDRESS

Scotland is facing two futures: one as part of the UK, led by a Prime Minister that has broken the law, is determined to destroy our economy and services through a no deal Brexit and austerity, and who wants to tear our communities apart. Or we can have a future as an independent standing as equals amongst others around the globe and take control of our futures to secure the country that we want to live in.

Thankfully, before the end of this year, the First Minister will will demand the transfer of power that puts the legality of a referendum beyond any doubt. As support for independence has recent;y climbed to 50%, Westminster’s continued refusal to respect the sovereignty of the Scottish people to decide its own future is unsustainable and undemocratic.

Opposing the oppression of Catalan democracy; condemning the bloodshed of Turkey against the Kurdish people; a Scottish Child Payment with no Rape Clause or two child cap; and a pledge to scrap non-residential social care charges for all if a SNP Government is re-elected in 2021.

Human rights, peace and supporting our citizens – these are the values at the core of the SNP and the values that will be at the core of an independent Scotland.

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MPs CALL FOR RELEASE OF CATALAN POLITICAL PRISONERS

I co-signed a letter with my colleagues on the APPG for Catalonia following yesterday’s prison sentences of Catalan political leaders.

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CATALAN LEADERS JAILED

The imprisonment of Catalan leaders is an assault on democracy itself. Every nation has the fundamental human right to self-determination and the Spanish Government must respect this.

A Government which resorts to brute force by attacking people for voting and imprisons leaders, is a weak Government. The people of Catalonia have time and time again through elections and protest shown that they want to decide their own future. The Spanish Government must engage in dialogue with the Catalan Government to agree the release of prisoners and form a political solution.

More information here.

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CATALAN MEPs LOCKED OUT

3 Catalan MEPs are being prevented from representing their constituents in the European Parliament. One is imprisoned and two locked out for standing up for democracy.

For the sake of democracy, Catalan MEPs must be allowed to sit, and Catalonia must vote.

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DEFENCE Qs: UK-SAUDI RELATIONS

The UK Government is willing to overlook the multiple human rights abuses Saudi Arabia commits and continues to train their armed forces officers here in the UK. This is a spineless UK Government losing power and influence by the day.

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This Week #44

20th – 26th February 2017




On Tuesday, Marion was back at Westminster for a busy day of parliamentary duties and meetings.

The Motherwell & Wishaw MP also received a response for a written question on the treatment of human rights activists on China:

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on the treatment of human rights activists in that country.

Alok Sharma, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs replied:

We regularly raise human rights in interactions with Chinese counterparts. During my visit to China last week I raised the case of the ‘709’ lawyers with Assistant Foreign Minister Liu. We held the China-UK human rights dialogue last October and will be holding another such discussion in April this year.



Wednesday brought with it Prime Minister’s Questions before a busy day of meetings, briefings, and parliamentary duties in London for Marion.



On Thursday, Marion was still hard at work in London, ensuring the voices of local people in the constituency of Motherwell and Wishaw are being heard at Westminster.



On Friday, Marion remained in London in order to support the Private Members’ Bill put forward by SNP colleague, and MP for Banff and Buchan, Eilidh Whiteford.

The Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill passed its third reading by 138 votes to 1, despite despicable attempts by Philip Davies MP to filibuster.