Spanish government to UN: No war crimes investigation

September 29, 2010

Impunity Watch at Syracuse University reports:

A representative from Spain told the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday (Sept. 24) that they would not be investigating alleged war crimes committed during the Francisco Franco dictatorship in accordance with an amnesty law passed by the Spanish government in 1977.  Mexico had called on Spain in May at the Human Rights Council to punish those responsible for crimes committed during the Franco-era and provide the victims with a remedy. … International human rights groups made oral statements this week at the Human Rights Council, arguing against charging Garzón and petitioning Spain to provide redress to the victims of war crimes committed during the civil war.

More here. See also Human Rights Watch and ABC News.