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Super rich human rights abusers: the real face of Scotland’s landowners

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​See Global Justice Now's interactive land ownership map here

Huge tracts of land in Scotland are owned by a ghastly cabal of human rights abuses and environment despoilers, a campaign group has claimed.

Global Justice Now has produced an interactive map detailing what it says is the true nature of land ownership in the country.

It lists seven global capitalists who own hundreds of thousands of acres worth of estates in the north of the country.

Liz Murray, head of Scottish campaigns at Global Justice Now, said: “Our new research exposes some of the super-rich who own vast tracts of land in Scotland, and unearths some unsavoury connections between those land owners and scandals of worker exploitation, human rights abuses and disregard for the environment around the world.

“We’ve found examples of seven big landowners across Scotland who have been involved in unregulated fracking, land grabs and privatisation of national parks in Africa, large scale trade union busting and job cuts in Mexico and Brazil, abuse of workers’ rights in the UK, or human rights abuses around the world.

"The Scottish Government must go further on land reform and fundamentally change Scotland’s absurdly outdated feudal system of land ownership which includes super-rich land barons like these."

The seven are Anders Povlsen, who owns 15,000 acres and is Scotland's second largest land owner, Rio Tinto, Paul van Vlissingen, the Vestey family, the de Spoelberch family, Majid Jafar and Lovat Investments Ltd.

Find out more about these people and view the map here.



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Peter Dow
over 5 years ago
The most dangerous human rights abusers in Scotland are the state officials - of the police, the courts, the prisons and the mental hospitals.Rich landowners can afford to hire a lawyer to take legal action against Scots whose human rights they want to abuse, certainly, but ultimately it is the state's courts and their officers who do the abusing on behalf of the rich land owners.Those who claim to be concerned about human rights abuses are deluding themselves if they turn a blind eye to state human rights abuses and refuse to put the blame for state human rights abuses in Scotland on those who are most responsible for the appointment of those who manage the state and who allow the human rights abuses to go on under their noses by their subordinates. BLAME THEM Human Rights Abusing First Minister Sturgeon Human Rights Abusing Justice Minister Matheson Human Rights Abusing Chief Constable Gormley Human Rights Abusing Chair of the Scottish Police Authority Flanagan Human Rights Abusing Lord Advocate Wolffe Human Rights Abusing Solicitor General di Rollo _____________ Peter Dow is a Scottish scientist and a republican socialist whose legal human rights are cruelly violated by the police and courts in Aberdeen, where he lives.Peter Dow's political defence blog publishes the truth about the wrongful and unjust royalist arrests, prosecutions, convictions and punishments he endures.