Freedom for catalan prisoners. Catalonia deserves a political solution.

FREEDOM FOR THE CATALAN PRISONERS.
CATALONIA DESERVES A POLITICAL SOLUTION.

On 1st October 2017 2.3 million Catalans took part in a referendum on independence, inspired by those in Scotland (2014) and Quebec (1980, 1995). Unfortunately, unlike the United Kingdom and Canada, the Spanish government decided to respond with repression:

  • 961 people brutally injured by Spanish police: there has been no investigation and the head of the operation was promoted.
  • 2 civil society leaders and 7 political leaders were imprisoned*
  • 7 political representatives went into exile in Belgium, Switzerland and Scotland.
  • Over 1,000 people are being investigated for organising the referendum.

Jordi Cuixart, imprisoned since 16th November 2017, is the president of Òmnium Cultural, one of the biggest NGOs in Europe with 170,000 members, whose purpose is to defend human rights and social cohesion through culture. Cuixart has been sentenced to serve 9 years in prison, accused of ‘sedition’ for having called a peaceful demonstration in support of the referendum and for having called for participation in the vote.

Organisations like Amnesty International, the World Organisation Against Torture, Front Line Defenders and the International Commission of Jurists have called for the charges to be dropped and the imprisoned social leaders released. Now the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has called for the immediate release of the political prisoners, considering that their actions in autumn 2017 were in exercise of basic rights, including freedom of expression, the right to demonstrate and the right of political participation.

Help us to end this injustice. Political issues require political solutions and can’t be resolved by trials and prison. 80% of Catalans believe this. The only way forward is dialogue. For freedom and democracy,

We need your help. Please sign!

On 1st October 2017 2.3 million Catalans took part in a referendum on independence, inspired by those in Scotland (2014) and Quebec (1980, 1995). Unfortunately, unlike the United Kingdom and Canada, the Spanish government decided to respond with repression:

  • 961 people brutally injured by Spanish police: there has been no investigation and the head of the operation was promoted.
  • 2 civil society leaders and 7 political leaders were imprisoned*
  • 7 political representatives went into exile in Belgium, Switzerland and Scotland.
  • Over 1,000 people are being investigated for organising the referendum.

Jordi Cuixart, imprisoned since 16th November 2017, is the president of Òmnium Cultural, one of the biggest NGOs in Europe with 170,000 members, whose purpose is to defend human rights and social cohesion through culture. Cuixart has been sentenced to serve 9 years in prison, accused of ‘sedition’ for having called a peaceful demonstration in support of the referendum and for having called for participation in the vote.

Organisations like Amnesty International, the World Organisation Against Torture, Front Line Defenders and the International Commission of Jurists have called for the charges to be dropped and the imprisoned social leaders released. Now the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has called for the immediate release of the political prisoners, considering that their actions in autumn 2017 were in exercise of basic rights, including freedom of expression, the right to demonstrate and the right of political participation.

Help us to end this injustice. Political issues require political solutions and can’t be resolved by trials and prison. 80% of Catalans believe this. The only way forward is dialogue. For freedom and democracy,

We need your help. Please sign!

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