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This petition originally emerged as a “Member’s Motion” presented by Andrew Deans MSYP at a sitting of the Scottish Youth Parliament in March 2010.  Andrew passionately described his work to stamp out this discriminatory device and MSYPs agreed with his point of view, 88% supporting his motion. 

As well as submission as a petition, the SYP has included the issue within its Picture the Change manifesto consultation, where we are asking thousands of young people for their views. Final results are not yet available, but will be ready in time for the SYP conference in the Scottish Parliament on 29 October 2010.

In 2008, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child published their concluding observations on Scotland and the UK’s implementation on the UN Convention. Their concluding observation on Mosquito devices was:

“The Committee recommends that the State party reconsider the ASBO as well as other measures such as the mosquito device insofar as they may violate the rights of children to freedom of movement and peaceful assembly, the enjoyment of which is essential for the children's development and may only subject to very limited restrictions as enshrined in article 15 of the Convention.”

In September 2009, the Scottish Government published its response, ‘Do The Right Thing.’ In response to the observation it recognised that “the use of mosquito devices can prevent children and young people from enjoying freedom of movement and peaceful assembly. The indiscriminate use of the devices means that all young people are treated as a nuisance, regardless of their behaviour. This is not consistent with our desire to create strong supportive communities where people take responsibility for their own actions and how they effect others.” They committed to “consider next steps on the mosquito once examination of issues by officials is complete during summer 2009.”

The Scottish Youth Parliament produced a joint response to ‘Do The Right Thing’ in conjunction with YouthLink Scotland, the national youth work agency, in which we supported an outright ban on mosquito devices.

In 2008, the Scottish Youth Parliament supported the “Buzz Off” campaign, which was a UK-wide campaign for an outright ban on the use of mosquito devices. The campaign was supported by a wide range of young peoples’ and rights organisations including the Children and Young People’s Commissioners for Scotland and England, Liberty, the UK Youth Parliament and the National Youth Agency.

The Scottish Youth Parliament is submitting this petition as the next stage in seeking to secure legislative change.

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