Misc 02/07/2021

Cuixart, before the UN: "Make sure that international treaties are respected in Spain"

The President of Òmnium participates in the 47th UN Human Rights Council

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Jordi Cuixart in an act of Òmnium Cultural

Barcelona"For all these reasons, we will do it again". So ended the speech of the President of Òmnium, Jordi Cuixart, at the 47th Human Rights Council of the UN, based in Geneva, but which this year has been held telematically. Cuixart has had a minute before hundreds of listeners around the world, including ministers, ambassadors and senior UN officials, in which he has charged against an "undemocratic" Spanish state. An attitude, according to Cuixart, that the UN has to correct: he has urged the United Nations to "act so that Spain respects international treaties". This is, in fact, the role of the council in which the President of Òmnium has participated in this Thursday, since it meets periodically to protect human rights and address situations in which they are violated. Specifically, Cuixart has had a voice in the eighteenth act that has been made in the framework of the Human Rights Council, where the special rapporteur on the right to peaceful assembly of the UN, Clement Voulé, has presented his annual report: "Access to justice as an integral element of the protection of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association".

And this is precisely the point that Cuixart has emphasized, since in a video recorded from Barcelona he has based his speech on denouncing the situation of the right to freedom of expression in Catalonia, recalling that there are "hundreds of people persecuted for protesting peacefully" by a "repression that does not stop". He himself, in fact, has presented himself as a victim: he recalled that along with Jordi Sànchez they have spent "at least four years in prison" and that the government of Carles Puigdemont was sentenced to one hundred years in prison for setting up the ballot boxes. The President of Òmnium has also remarked that several supranational bodies such as the Council of Europe or Amnesty International have called for the release of political prisoners and the end of the judicialization of the Catalan independence bid.

Cuixart, however, wanted to make it clear that all these condemnations have not stopped the independence movement. "We will never stop protesting", he said, and then concluded with the same phrase with which he ended the plea in the Supreme Court during the trial of the Catalan independence bid: "We will do it again".

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