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Replacing human rights laws is irresponsible, says John Swinney

Replacing human rights laws is irresponsible, says John Swinney
The Deputy First Minister said there should be no changes to the Human Rights Act.

The UK Government’s plans to replace human rights laws are “ill-judged and irresponsible”, John Swinney 言った.

UK Justice Secretary ドミニク・ラーブ last week unveiled plans for a new Bill of Rights which would “revise and replace the framework provided under the Human Rights Act”.

Deputy First Minister Mr Swinney said the proposals amount to an attack on human rights and there should be no changes to the law.

Dominic Raab unveiled the proposals last week (Aaron Chown/PA)

Human rights laws are devolved and responsibility for overseeing obligations in スコットランド rests with the Scottish Parliament.

In a letter to Mr Raab, the Deputy First Minister said the Human Rights Act is “woven directly into the fabric of the current constitutional settlement” so changes would require legislative consent from Holyrood.

Mr Swinney said: “The Human Rights Act has a 20-year track record of delivering justice, including for some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

“Expert evidence gathered by the UK Government’s own independent review demonstrates beyond argument that replacing the Act is not just unnecessary, but undesirable.

“The UK Government’s plans are ill-judged and irresponsible.

Scottish Government has repeatedly emphasised that there must be no changes to the Human Rights Act that would undermine or weaken existing human rights safeguards in Scotland, or indeed elsewhere in the UK.”