Moray MP quizzes Cameron over treatment of refugees

MP quizzes the Prime Minister over the treatment of refugees
MP quizzes the Prime Minister over the treatment of refugees

MORAY’S MP HAS led calls for an independent inquiry into the treatment of asylum seekers in the wake of claims of “dehumanising treatment”.

Angus Robertson tackled the issue during Prime Minister’s Questions this week following claims over treatment of those seeking asylum in the UK at the hands of a private company under contract to the UK Government.

The Moray MP and leader of the SNP at Westminster asked David Cameron if he “was ashamed that in a UK government program, we know that trafficking victims are locked up without food; asylum seeking children have been forced to sleep on concrete floors; patients with diarrhoea are denied access to showers, and a naked woman was allegedly beaten in a detention centre.”

Mr Robertson later commented: “These allegations are deeply concerning and the Prime Minister must urgently take action.

“Asylum seekers are particularly vulnerable and we must ensure they are treated with dignity and respect at every stage of the asylum process.

“These latest revelations follow claims of sub-standard housing and inhumane treatment of refugees in Glasgow, and calls from the Scottish Government to Theresa May to take action.

“The Scottish Refugee Council has also called for an investigation into allegations about the way asylum seekers are treated and housed in Glasgow. The Prime Minister must urgently commission an independent inquiry.”

The resettlement of Syrian refugees throughout Scotland continues, with a growing support network being provided – including in Moray – through both voluntary and official sources.