Amnesty International issues critical Spain report

May 27, 2010

Amnesty International issued its annual report yesterday. At the presentation in Spain, Claudio Cordone, interim director of AI’s Spanish section, called the trial against Garzón “scandalous.” In the report, Amnesty criticizes the Spanish government for failing “to accept some of the recommendations made by States in the UN Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) which would bring national legislation and practice in line with international human rights standards,” particularly in relation to terrorism suspects. Further, AI

notes that Spain will examine the recommendation to investigate, punish and redress crimes of enforced disappearance, regardless of the time of their occurrence, in the light of the continuous nature of the crime and in accordance with its international obligations. Amnesty International has called on Spain to investigate crimes committed during the Franco era, and to ensure that no amnesty law is applied to crimes against humanity under international law. Amnesty International urges Spain to endorse this recommendation before the session of the Human Rights Council in September 2010.

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