Campaigners push for full legal pardon after Nicola Sturgeon’s International Women’s Day apology

Calls for a legal pardon for the thousands of people persecuted as witches in post-Reformation Scotland are growing, as the drive for posthumous justice gains international notice.

Last week, Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, issued a formal apology on International Women’s Day to the 4,000 people, mainly women, who were tortured and often horribly executed under the Witchcraft Act 1563.

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