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Jordi Cuixart

THE CHAIRMAN OF ÒMNIUM CULTURAL, JORDI CUIXART, is a 45-year-old Catalan businessman and activist.

Jordi Cuixart is in prison, sentenced to 9 years accused of sedition. His crime was to organise a peaceful demonstration 20th September 2017, some days before the referendum on self-determination in Catalonia was held on 1 October 2017, to protest against the Spanish police repression against independentists. Amnesty International, Front Line Defenders, World Organization Against Torture and the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention have all agreed that he was just exercising his rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression, but Spanish authorities are neglecting their international obligations and keeping him in prison.

Mr. Cuixart was arrested on 16 October 2017 and held without bail or trial for over two years. During this pre-trial imprisonment, several international organizations, including the aforementioned and several UN rapporteurs, asked for his immediate release, but Spain failed to comply. He was then tried in Spain’s Supreme Court, alongside another civil society leader and seven Catalan politicians. After a five-month trial, which was a judiciary masquerade, on 14 October 2019 they were all sentenced between 9 and 13 years in prison each for the crime of sedition, a total of more than 100 years of prison. 

Jordi Cuixart

President of Òmnium Cultural

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Jordi Cuixart, president of Òmnium Cultural

The president of Òmnium Cultural, Jordi Cuixart i Navarro, is a 45-year-old Catalan businessman and activist.

He has been involved in the NGO world and in social transformation since he was very young and he is a member and active supporter of numerous non-profit groups in Catalonia. He is also known for his commitment to the defence of human rights throughout the world.

Jordi Cuixart is the son of a working class family. At home his parents spoke in Spanish because his mother had moved to Catalonia from Murcia in southern Spain in the 1960’s. He has always defended migration as a structural reality and a source of social richness for Catalonia. He left school at 16 and started work in a factory. In 2003, when he was 28, he started his own company, Aranow, which specialises in the manufacture of packaging machinery and exports 90% of its production worldwide.

He has been a member of Òmnium since 1996 and in 2015 he was elected the 10th president of the entity because of his strong commitment to Òmnium´s values in terms of language and culture, social cohesion, education and the right to self-determination. In June 2018, coinciding with his 8th month in prison, he was re-elected president by the largest vote in Òmnium’s history.

He normally lives in Barcelona with his couple and their sons, who are 4 and almost 1 year old. The younger was born in September 2019, so Jordi hasn’t had the chance to enjoy family life with in freedom with him.

“They have imprisoned good men and women, honest and hardworking people, and we have no doubt that sooner or later, we will get out of here. In the meantime, let’s love each other, let’s continue to fight peacefully and with civility, as always for freedom!”

Jordi Cuixart

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"We demand justice and freedom"

Jody Williams, Noam Chomsky, Pep Guardiola, Angela Davis, Ben Emmerson, Bill Shipsey and Martín Caparrós demand Spain to release the nine Catalan prisioners, to solve this political conflict through dialogue and ask the Spanish institutions to stop their ideological repression. 

 

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“They have been jailed for their opinions and defending Catalonia’s rights”

Sergi López
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“Catalan political prisoners should be free right now. This is a madness”

Irvine Welsh 
Writer

Watch the documentary "20-S"

It proves Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sànchez’s pacifism

’20-S’ is a detailed reconstruction of what happened on the 20th September 2017 outside the Catalan Finance Ministry buildings in Barcelona and at the CUP party offices. This documentary produced by Mediapro shows that the role of the presidents of Òmnium Cultural and the Catalan National Assembly was totally peaceful and they did not commit the crime of rebellion, which they are accused of. Since 16 October 2017, they are in pre-trial detention, an isolation that violates their rights and freedoms of expression and assembly.

 

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