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.