Mosquito devices and human rights: a rights-based approach to protecting young people

11 September 2017

A human rights-based approach for the protection of young people moved a step closer last week in a meeting at the Scottish Parliament.

Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, Amy Lee Fraioli MSYP and Commissioner Bruce Adamson met with Christina McKelvie – MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse – to discuss the ongoing protection of children and young people in Scotland.

Central to the discussions was the topic of the ‘mosquito device’ installed in Hamilton Central train station. The device has received widespread condemnation from the Youth Parliament, who argue the devices breach the human rights of young people.

In agreement, Christina McKelvie MSP supported the Youth Parliament’s campaign to ban the devices. She also advocated for a stronger working relationship between the parliaments.

Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, Amy Lee Fraioli, said:

“As Chair of SYP, I was delighted for the opportunity to meet with Ms McKelvie alongside Mr Adamson to discuss the use of mosquito devices, which are essentially torture devices targeting those aged 25 and under.
“Taking such measures in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour does nothing to address the root cause of the problem. All it does is send a message to all young people that their presence in a public space is not welcome. This is neither helpful, nor constructive.
“I’d like to thank Ms McKelvie for supporting our call for these devices to be banned, and I look forward to the Youth Parliament and the Scottish Government continuing to work together to ensure that the rights of all of Scotland’s young people are respected and upheld.”

Children and Young People's Commissioner for Scotland, Bruce Adamson, added:

“The use of Mosquito devices to disperse children and young people from our public spaces is disproportionate and degrading and is a breach of their human rights.
“I fully support the Scottish Youth Parliament’s campaign to have the Mosquito banned in Scotland and I’m pleased that Ms McKelvie has lent her public support to this.
“Amy Lee Fraoli and her peers at the Scottish Youth Parliament are taking on this issue with passion and commitment and the Scottish Government and our public bodies need to listen to them and, more importantly, act upon the views of Scotland's children and young people."

Find out more

Read the Commissioner’s Position Statement on the use of Mosquito devices in Scotland.