MSP Natalie Don launches Holyrood bill to pardon people tortured and executed under Witchcraft Act 1563

The failure to serve posthumous justice to the thousands of people – mainly women – persecuted as witches in post-Reformation Scotland “prolongs misogyny”, an MSP launching a bid to grant them a legal pardon has said.

Speaking before the launch of a Holyrood member’s bill on Thursday, the SNP MSP Natalie Don explained: “The only way we can move forward in terms of where we are with misogyny and prejudice in society is by fixing these injustices of our past.” She also hoped that the member’s bill could contribute to awareness of parts of the world where women and girls still faced such accusations and their violent consequences.

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