Spanish regime violated Puigdemont’s rights, UN body rules

Source: Politico

“The Spanish Supreme Court’s decision to suspend former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont from his public duties violated his rights, the U.N.’s Human Rights Committee has ruled. In the resolution, dated May 15, the committee concluded that the Court’s decision to suspend the MEP for ‘alleged crimes on the basis of public and peaceful acts’ in 2018 didn’t meet the bar of ‘reasonableness and objectivity’ and violated his right to be elected. Spain is a signatory to the relevant U.N. code, and must now provide ‘effective and legal remedy,’ according to the decision, although the committee cannot impose penalties on Madrid. Puigdemont, who now lives in Belgium after fleeing [Spanish-occupied Catalonia] in 2017, faces an arrest warrant alongside four others separatists for his role in Catalonia’s controversial independence referendum that took place the same year.” (05/18/23)