Monday, March 4

Junts and ERC claim that the Government’s response to the UN ruling “take the form of amnesty”

The former ministers Raül Romeva and Josep Rull have demanded this Friday amnesty for the independence leaders based on the resolution of the UN Human Rights Committee, which points out that Spain violated their rights, in addition to those of Oriol Junqueras and Jordi Turull, by withdraw their seats before the sentence for 1-O.

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The UN ruling gives the Spanish government 180 days to respond to the resolution, a response that Romeva and Turull claim “is in the form of an amnesty” because, as they declared at a joint press conference in Barcelona and Geneva, “it is the only way to resolve the judicialization of a political conflict”, as Romeva has declared.

According to Rull, the opinion is a “tribute to the separation of powers, an aspect in which the Spanish State is weak, because in order to maintain its territorial unity it has been forced to dismantle its rule of law.” Along these lines, both former ministers have referred to the resolution as a “political and moral victory” and have also considered that the text will be “legal ammunition” for the cases they have open in Strasbourg and Luxembourg.

Along these same lines, the lawyer Nico Krisch has expressed himself from Geneva, who has remarked that the UN decision is “important” in the face of processes in international courts, both for extradition cases, and before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). “Spain must put an end to the strategy of repression and stop criminalizing a peaceful opposition”, the lawyer has remarked.

Likewise, Krisch has highlighted the need for Spain to respond within the 180-day period set by the UN and has assured that, if it does not do so, “it will be left out of the family of liberal democracies and will follow in the wake of countries with problems democratic countries like Brazil, Turkey or Venezuela”.

However, the lawyer considers that Spain cannot repair the damage done to the former ministers as there have been new elections and the seat cannot be returned to them. He also believes that pardons are not a “complete reparation.” Thus, what he recommends is to make legislative changes in the criminal code to modify the interpretations of the crimes of rebellion and sedition in such a way that “they cannot be used against a non-violent political opposition”, and ensure that “this does not return to happen”.

For his part, the former Minister and lawyer Carles Mundó has warned that “if the accusation of rebellion is insisted on, it will be done knowing that it has no basis.” Mundó considers that both the Government and the courts should feel “concerned” by the ruling and expects a prompt response to avoid “cruelty in the abuse of the right.”