We must recognise the fundamental and inalienable rights of all peoples across the world to self-determination and condemn in the strongest possible terms the authoritarian actions of the Spanish state in oppressing Catalan democracy.
Many of the rights we enjoy today were secured through the collective
solidarity of people and organisations across the world. We offer that solidarity today and tomorrow.
We are calling on Scotlands people, political parties and civic institutions to show that same solidarity. Not to reflect their support for independence, to protect the principles of democracy against authoritarianism. With arrest warrants executed in Scotland and elsewhere in Europe, the protection of human rights is firmly in the hands of civic society across the continent.
Catalan leaders forced into exile must not be extradited to Spain, where we question whether they would receive a fair trial given the ongoing criminalisation of dissent.
We also condemn the state violence carried out by police in Catalonia against innocent civilians. The rights that underpin our society must not be trampled on. The time for action is now.