NGOs from different parts of Spain report on human rights violations to the UN

10/12/19 a les 9:00 am

The complaints are made within the framework of the pre-session of the Universal Periodic Review scrutinizing human rights that Spain will have to pass next January

This year, the number of reports presented about the Spanish State is far higher than that of the last review, a fact that calls attention to current infringements on human rights.

Geneva, 10th of December – Coinciding with International Human Rights Day and the celebration of the pre-session organized by UPR-Info, NGOs throughout Spain have informed this Tuesday on the content of the reports submitted for the 35th session of the UPR Working Group in Geneva (Switzerland). In this session, the situation of Human Rights in Spain will be evaluated and recommendations will be issued for improvement. The signatory entities are taking this opportunity to denounce the increase in violations by the Spanish authorities of the fundamental rights of different groups as reflected by the
increase in the number of reports presented to the United Nations by civil society. The United Nations Human Rights Council will make all contributions submitted available in preparation for the day of the evaluation. In these reports, civil society exposes its concerns regarding human rights violations in each
organization’s area of expertise and proposes recommendations that the state could adopt to correct them.

It should be noted that some of the topics to be discussed this year, such as those relating to the rights of expression and peaceful assembly, the Citizen Security Law, discrimination against autochthonous languages other than Spanish, the rights to Truth, Justice, and Reparation for the victims of heinous crimes committed during the Civil War and the dictatorship, the rights of people with psychosocial disability, and the right of asylum, have already been covered in previous exams and will be brought up once again, for Spain keeps failing to implement the recommendations made in the framework of the previous reviews. The novelty is that it will be the first time that digital rights and the right to self-determination are to be discussed, as a result of the events that took place in Catalonia on and after
October 1, 2017.

Through this joint statement, many organizations are uniting their efforts to express their concerns and herewith request the permanent state missions convey the relevant recommendations for Spain to redirect this situation.

* Associations that have made their contributions to send their voice to the Universal Periodic Review of Spain: ActivaMent Catalunya Associació, Hierbabuena Asociación para la Salud Mental, Federación Andaluza En Primera Persona, Assemblea Nacional Catalana (ANC), Associació Catalana de Professionals (ACP), Associació Democràcia i Justícia per Catalunya, Associació Juristes de les Terres de l’Ebre per les llibertats, Associació Coordinadora de l’Advocacia de Catalunya, Associació Clam per la Llibertat, Asociación Eskubideak, Associació de juristes pels Drets Humans del Maresme, CIEMEN, Coppieters Foundation, Col·lectiu Praga, Drets, ELEAK-Libre Mugimendua, Etxerat, European Association for Renewable Energies, Associació de Juristes pels Drets Humans, Freemuse, PEN Català, PEN International, Fundació Catalunya Fons per a la Defensa dels Drets dels catalans, Fundació Congrés de Cultura Catalana, Fundación Galiza Sempre, Fundación Secretariado Gitano, Grup de Periodistes Ramon Barnils, Humanity Wings, International Trial Watch (ITW), Observatori del Deute en la Globalització (ODG), Xnet, Institut de Drets Humans de Catalunya (IDHC), Observatorio Vasco de Derechos humanos, Behatokia, Òmnium Cultural (OC), Associació Catalana per a la Defensa dels Drets Humans (ACDDH), Plataforma Defender a quien Defiende, Plataforma DESC, Plataforma per la Llengua, Red Ciudadana SARE, Western Sahara Resource Watch i NOVACT.

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