Bringing Spain before the International Criminal Court !!
During the last years the Spanish state has been responsible for a wave of repression against its own citizens. The main target is the Basque independence movement, but various other social movements have also been targeted.
This repression is so systematic and widespread that it constitutes a crime as specified in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, more specifically a Crime against Humanity. We therefore want the two main persons responsible to be brought before the Court.
The relevant articles are as follows:
Art. 7 (e): Torture:
The widespread and systematic use of torture in Spain has been documented
to great lengths by various international institutions and organizations.
The UN Commission on Human Rights, the European Committee for the Prevention
of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) and
Amnesty International all have uttered sharp criticism of Spain. Most
cases of torture occur during the so-called "Incommunicado"
period, five days after an arrest when no contact with the outside world
or legal counsel is allowed. Torture methods include electrical shock,
beatings, sexual harassment and asphyxiation by putting a plastic bag
over the head.
Art. 7 (f) Persecution:
In its offensive against the Basque population, Spain has outlawed various
political organizations (Ekin, Jarrai, Batasuna, Segi, Haika), human rights
groups (Gestoras, Askatasuna) and social groups (AEK, Joxemi Zulabe, Xaki).
Also, three newspapers (Egin, Ardi Beltza, Egunkaria) were illegally shut
We therefore want the International Criminal Court to start proceedings against the two persons most responsible for these crimes:
- Jose Maria Aznar, Prime Minister of Spain, who instigated most of this and used his police force to commit these crimes.
- Baltasar Garzon, judge of the Audiencia Nacional (National Court), who provided the juridical framework for these crimes.We are aware that the usual procedure at the International Criminal Court is that member states bring forth cases. However, most of us are either citizens of Spain (which is hardly likely to prosecute its own political leader) or other EU member states, which have important economic and political ties to Spain and will therefore also be hesitant.
That is why we ask the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to use the authority granted to him/her by the Rome Statute to take action against Spain.