United Nations urges Spain to judge disappearances from the Civil War
In a Press Conference in Madrid, the UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances demanded that the Spanish Government judged the enforced disappearances that took place during the Civil War and dictatorship.
The United Nations Working Group on Enforced Disappearances has met with various authorities and with associations of victims of Franco last week and has urged to the Spanish State to judge the disappearances that took place during the Civil War and dictatorship, as well as to undertake the necessary reforms to ensure that these are not considered crimes subject to the 1977 Amnesty Law.
This words are reflected in the preliminary report approved by the two members of this working group -Jasminka Dzumhur and Ariel Dulitzky - who have maintained contacts with representatives of the central Government and with several Regional Governments, Judges, lawyers, victims and civil society Associations.
The purpose of their visit, which has its basis in an invitation from the Spanish Government, was to examine the major policies and initiatives undertaken by the Spanish State on issues relating to the enforced or involuntary disappearances, in particular the aspects relating to justice, the truth, the repair and the memory for the victims of these crimes, but also with the large detentions in basis of Anti-Terrorism laws in Spain.
In their first report, which the working group notes that in Spain does not take into account "the nature of crime against humanity" in the case of disappearances committed during the Civil War and dictatorship. "This interpretation is contrary to the international obligations of Spain and is recommended for modification".