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Motion ref. S6M-01003

Supporting the People of Afghanistan

Submitted by: Angus Robertson, Edinburgh Central, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Supported by: Jenny Gilruth, Emma Roddick
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 2, 2021

Motions as amended

That the Parliament records its alarm at the humanitarian and human rights crisis in Afghanistan following the return of the Taliban; further records its deep concern about the threat to life, liberty, equality, and human rights to all in Afghanistan and, in particular, for women and girls and minority communities; commends the Armed Forces, service personnel, and humanitarian agencies involved in supporting people during the evacuation; notes the UK's long history of involvement with, and intervention in, Afghanistan, and, in consequence, the obligation that the UK has to assist and support all those who are at risk of persecution or mistreatment as a result of the current crisis; recognises the lead role internationally that the UK Government must play in ensuring that aid continues to reach those who need it most and condemns the reduction in international aid by the UK Government from 0.7% of Gross National Income to 0.5%; urges the UK Government to ensure that those Afghans who have worked to provide critical aid assistance, uphold democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Afghanistan, can be allowed to settle in the UK alongside those who are at risk of violence and persecution as outlined in the UN Refugee Convention; recognises that Scotland has a duty to play a full role in assisting the resettlement and relocation of Afghans at risk and providing humanitarian assistance, and that anyone settling in Scotland will be welcome members of the community; recognises the importance of Scottish local authorities, community organisations and individual citizens in helping ensure a successful transition for every refugee; urges the UK Government to expand urgently its plans for the resettlement of 20,000 Afghan refugees, with a new plan to provide immediate sanctuary to people fleeing persecution, oppression and terror, instead of spreading assistance over five years; believes that the resettlement of 20,000 people should be the starting point instead of the final target, and urges the Scottish Government, in light of the immediate human need, to share proactively evidence of the number that it can resettle and provide effective support and services to, including the capacity to provide physical and mental healthcare, housing, guardians, translators and education, providing guarantees that the Scottish Government and public authorities across Scotland are ready to assist, in order to help persuade the UK Government to lift the overall cap and enable Scotland to provide sanctuary to thousands.


Vote

Result 93 for, 29 against, 0 abstained, 7 no vote Vote Passed

Scottish National Party  61 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 3 no vote Read more Read less

Scottish Labour  21 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 1 no vote Read more Read less

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party  0 for, 29 against, 0 abstained, 2 no vote Read more Read less

Scottish Liberal Democrats  4 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 0 no vote Read more Read less

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No vote
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Scottish Green Party  7 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 0 no vote Read more Read less

No Party Affiliation  0 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 1 no vote Read more Read less

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No vote

Original motion text

That the Parliament records its alarm at the humanitarian and human rights crisis in Afghanistan following the return of the Taliban; further records its deep concern about the threat to life, liberty, equality, and human rights to all in Afghanistan and, in particular, for women and girls and minority communities; commends the Armed Forces, service personnel, and humanitarian agencies involved in supporting people during the evacuation; notes the UK's long history of involvement with, and intervention in, Afghanistan, and, in consequence, the obligation that the UK has to assist and support all those who are at risk of persecution or mistreatment as a result of the current crisis; recognises the lead role internationally that the UK Government must play in ensuring that aid continues to reach those who need it most and condemns the reduction in international aid by the UK Government from 0.7% of Gross National Income to 0.5%; urges the UK Government to ensure that those Afghans who have worked to provide critical aid assistance, uphold democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Afghanistan, can be allowed to settle in the UK alongside those who are at risk of violence and persecution as outlined in the UN Refugee Convention, and recognises that Scotland has a duty to play a full role in assisting the resettlement and relocation of Afghans at risk and providing humanitarian assistance, and that anyone settling in Scotland will be welcome members of the community.


Defeated amendments

Motion ref. S6M-01003.2

Supporting the People of Afghanistan - Amendment

Submitted by: Donald Cameron, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date lodged: Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Supported by: Sharon Dowey, Jamie Greene, Dean Lockhart
Current status: Taken in the chamber on Thursday, September 2, 2021

Result 29 for, 93 against, 0 abstained, 7 no vote Vote Defeated