Date lodged: 18 February 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made in implementing the UN Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders (the Bangkok rules).
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 1 March 2019
Scotland has established standards for the treatment of women in a custodial and non-custodial setting, which comply with the broad principles set out in the Bangkok Rules.
In December 2017, the Scottish Government published its response to the UN Human Rights Council recommendations following the third Universal Periodic Review of the UK. This response can be found at https://www.gov.scot/publications/universal-periodic-review-human-rights-united-kingdom-december-2017-scottish/ and includes information specifically on women prisoners.
In addition, the Scottish Government will shortly publish a position statement on activity in Scotland to implement the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. This will also include a specific section on women prisoners and increasing use of alternatives to custody for women, including through the extension of the presumption against short sentences.