Nederlands Juristencomité voor de Mensenrechten

NJCM-trial observation: Catalan separatists and protest leaders, Supreme Court in Madrid

At the request of International Trial Watch Jelle Klaas, NJCM’s Litigation director and human rights lawyer, observed the trials of some of the Catalan separatists and protest leaders before the Supreme Court …

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Salon

Exclusive: Catalan independence leader Carles Puigdemont on the future of Spain and Europe

Carles Puigdemont led Catalonia’s 2017 attempt to break away from Spain. He wants Americans to understand why.

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El Nacional

Cuixart and Forcadell deal prosecutors a knock-out blow

The third week of the Catalan independence trial started today with the last defendants taking the stand. Jordi Cuixart dismantled the public prosecutors’ arguments; they then didn’t even bother to try to …

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The Telegraph

Catalans on trial: The EU has got Madrid’s back, no matter how hard police hit civilians

Despite holding democracy as one of its core values, the bloc’s reaction to the Catalonian calls for self-determination shows Brussels’ unwillingness to stand by this principle.

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The Independent

Spain’s trial of Catalan separatists is worse than an outrage – it is a terrible mistake

The Spanish government’s handling of the Catalonian independence movement is worse than a human rights outrage; it is a mistake. The trial of a dozen separatist leaders on charges including …

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International Commission of Jurists

Spain: trial of Catalonian leaders imperils human rights

As the trial of twelve Catalan separatist leaders begins before the Spanish Supreme Court today in Madrid, the ICJ warns that their trial on broadly defined offences of rebellion and, …

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Open Democracy

Catalonia: the trial will be about our ideological freedom

In December 2017, Carme Forcadell received journalists in her fine wood-panelled office where photographs on the shelves told the story of the tireless commitment of the Speaker of the Catalan …

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POLITICO

POLITICO’s EU Confidential: Carles Puigdemont — Ai Weiwei — Tajani awards

Ai Weiwei and Carles Puigdemont on what it means and how it feels to be a political dissident in 2018 in this week’s EU Confidential.

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El Nacional

UN special rapporteur on human rights defenders criticises Spain over Catalonia

The UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, in his world report for the 20th anniversary of the UN declaration on human rights defenders, includes …

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El Nacional

Ten days of hunger strike: insomnia and weight loss of up to 7kg

The Catalan political prisoners on hunger strike are in good physical condition “in general terms”. That was the announcement this Monday by their spokesperson, Pilar Calvo, ten days after Jordi …

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