UN calls for an investigation into Spainish police violence against Catalan voters
Spain reminded of its “commitment to respect freedom of expression and peaceful assembly” by OSCE
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, called for an investigation on Spain’s police actions during the October 1 referendum. The UN High Commissioner said he is “very disturbed by the violence in Catalonia”, where “hundreds of people were injured.” He urged “the Spanish authorities to ensure thorough independent and impartial investigations into all acts of violence” and highlighted that “police responses must at all times be proportionate and necessary.”
“I firmly believe that the current situation should be resolved through political dialogue, with full respect for democratic freedoms,” he added. Finally, the UN High Commissioner called on “the Government of Spain to accept without delay requests by relevant UN human rights experts to visit”.
“I firmly believe that the current situation should be resolved through political dialogue, with full respect for democratic freedoms”
Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein · UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
OSCE reminds Spain of its ‘commitments’
The president of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, asked the Spanish government to "ensure respect for fundamental rights of assembly and expression.”
Gísladóttir stressed that “the Spanish authorities must ensure that police use force only when necessary and in strict adherence to the principle of proportionality.”
The president of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights reminded Spain that "all OSCE participating States have committed to ensure that any measures taken by law-enforcement agencies in the course of their duties respect fundamental rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression. This also means facilitating peaceful assemblies and relying on communication and de-escalation measures to reduce tensions,” he said in response to Sunday’s violent scenes across Catalonia.