Action week for Juanra
No extradition to Spain!
Come to The Hague!
Since January 2002, the Catalan political activist Juanra has been (with
an interruption of several months) held in the prison at Vught. The Dutch
court decided last October that his extradition to Spain is allowable.
For the court, the facts that in Spain, political opposition has the screws
applied to it with blatant violence and repression, and that political
prisoners are systematically tortured, could not outweigh the agreements
that have been made in Europe concerning extradition procedures. If Juanra
also loses his appeal on April 8 against this verdict, then the judicial
battle is lost. After that, it is up to Donner, the minister of Justice,
to decide whether he will grant Juanra's extradition his political stamp
That must not be allowed to happen. To raise the political pressure and
to generate media attention for his case, there will be an action camp
set up by the Binnenhof (the courtyard of the Dutch parliament) in The
Hague. Several people from Catalonia, the Basque country and the Netherlands
will go on a hunger strike in solidarity with Juanra during these days.
On 'het Plein' in The Hague, two tents will be pitched which will function
as an action centre for this time. We want to think of and carry out even
more actions on location, for which all assistance is welcome. Street
theater, picket lines, handing out brochures, and so on, the sky's the
Preliminary programme, a number of things are sure to be changed:
Monday, April 7: 4.00pm Filing charges
against president Aznar and judge Garzon at the International
Criminal Court in The Hague. Meet by the action tent.
Tuesday, April 8: 4.00pm Press conference in the action tent in response
to the Supreme Court's verdict.
Wednesday, April 9: 2.00pm-4.00pm. Politicians are invited to talk
about the parliamentary possibilities that have as yet gone unused.
Juanra's case and the political situation in Spain are to be the main
focus, but the tension between extradition and human rights in general
will also be discussed. Experts on the subject of extradition, European
and international justitial co-operation and human rights will also
Thursday, April 10: 2.00pm-6.00pm. Conclusion of the action week
Throughout: an exhibition and information stand about Juanra's case and
the political situation in Spain.