Scottish Government must show ‘real leadership’ to stop UK Government’s attack on human rights
The Illegal Migration Bill summit provides an opportunity for the Scottish Government and public bodies to demonstrate leadership by making concrete commitments to protect children's rights. The Legal Opinion highlights urgent areas where action is needed, including issues like age assessment. It also stresses the areas where the Scottish Government can and must act. It is crucial not to waste this opportunity, and a clear plan of action must be developed by the end of the summit. All children, including refugee and asylum-seeking children, are entitled to universal human rights. However, the UK Government's Illegal Migration Bill creates a two-tier system that denies them access to protection and support in Scotland's trafficking, welfare, and child protection systems. The Scottish Government and public bodies must resist this bill to the fullest extent permitted by law.