Scottish Enterprise criticised over human rights checks

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By Billy Briggs in The Ferret

Hundreds of human rights checks have been made on companies seeking grants from Scottish Enterprise since 2019, and no firm has failed, despite some having links to states accused of war crimes, including Israel and Saudi Arabia.
A new human rights procedure was introduced by Scottish Enterprise (SE) in March 2019, following criticism of the public body for funding arms firms selling to countries with poor human rights records.
SE is a non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government which provides business grants using taxpayers’ money. Its human rights due diligence checks include assessing whether a company has been “associated with human rights abuses anywhere in the world”.
Despite that commitment, SE has given taxpayers’ money to firms linked to countries accused of violations in wars in Gaza and Yemen, as well as two Scottish universities linked to illegal West Bank settlements.

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