The president of Òmnium Cultural, Jordi Cuixart, is imprisoned since 16 October 2017, currently in Lledoners penitentiary (Catalonia). Cuixart is accused of the crime of rebellion for having demonstrated civically and peacefully on 20 September 2017 in Barcelona, along with thousands of other citizens.
His imprisonment along with Jordi Sànchez, Oriol Junqueras, Joaquim Forn, Carme Forcadell, Dolors Bassa, Raül Romeva, Josep Rull and Jordi Turull is a legal aberration and a violation of human rights as reported by several entities such as Amnesty International or The World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), who through a letter addressed to Spanish president, Pedro Sánchez, the Spanish public prosecutor, María José Segarra, and the Spanish Ombudsman, Francisco Fernández Marugán, demands the immediate and unconditional release of Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sànchez because the organization considers their imprisonment “a disproportionate restriction on their fundamental rights”.
A request shared by Front Line Defenders, who also urges the Spanish state to “guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders in Spain are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions including judicial harassment”.
An on-going mobilisation calls for the release of all political prisoners, who will not have a fair trial later this year after being in pre-trial detention for more than one year.