Campaigners for the climat fear that an influx of officers from elsewhere in the UK will undermine Police Scotland's commitment to rights-based policing of the Cop26 protests.
Groups planning protests around the critical November conference told The Guardian they were concerned about the presence of officers from forces known to use tactics brutal and that it is not clear how they will be considered for their behavior.
Quan Nguyen, the Scottish coordinator of the activist group Cop26 Coalition, said a major concern was that the English forces were already implicitly enforcing the Police and Crime Bill - widely condemn ned as a significant infringement the right to manifester.
"Officers approaching Glasgow will bring this mentality that any kind of protest or disturbance must be interrupted as quickly as possible, ”Nguyen said. "The Scottish Police, outnumbered by thousands of officers from elsewhere, have said they will respect people's rights to protest, but have indicated they will not tolerate any real disruption. "
Around 10,000 officers, recruited from across Scotland and the rest of the UK, will be deployed daily on Operation Urram - named using the Scottish Gaelic word for "respect ". Although senior Scottish police officers have sought to reassure campaigners that their approach to the protests will be " welcoming, friendly and proportionate , the silver commander, Ch Supt Mark Hargreaves, said this week that there would be a "low tolerance " for highway disruption .
Nguyen said: "The Scottish police must also show that they understand the need to protest at an important international moment like Cop26, which is expected to be the least inclusive climate conference and the less transparent in history. Many of the most damaging outcomes have been averted by large-scale protests inside and outside of previous cop conferences. "
Activists also raised concerns about the scrutiny of plans topreserve the order. Naomi McAuliffe, Amnesty International UK Program Director for Scotland, said: Flic26. However, to ensure accountability, there should be a strong process in place to measure the police against human rights standards. the Police Surveillance Network (Netpol) charter for freedom of assembly , which builds on existing human rights law to define a comprehensive set of standards. This was submitted to the Cop26 Independent Police Advisory Group (IAG) this week.
Netpol's Kat Hobbs said she was concerned that the charter is not directly approached by the Scottish Police. during a meeting. "For the AGI to have a meaningful purpose, it must be able to review police decisions and hold officers accountable.their actions. Are the Scottish Police ready to do more than a public relations exercise?
"We would like to know what 'based on human rights? 'human' means in practice and how they plan to protect the rights of the persons referred to in Articles 10 and 11, since they have a positive obligation under human rights law to protect those persons. here, not just to facilitate them. "
Responding to concerns, Police Scotland Deputy Chief Bernard Higgins said: " All officers in Mutual Aid be under the command and control of the Scottish Police Chief of Police and receive detailed information about the style and tone of the police, which will be friendly, fair, approachable and accommodating. "
He added:" We will provide a proportionate police response to any demonstration and we are already engaging with dProtest groups known to ensure that their rights to peaceful assembly and demonstration are respected.
"Those who wish to demonstrate have a responsibility to do so peacefully and I remind you to the small minority of people who may have the intention of violent or damaging disorders that we will deal with quickly and vigorously. "