The UN Human Rights Council recently approved the Universal Periodic Review report of Spain. The country has accepted many of its recommendations, taking on new commitments to human rights.
A statement from Rights International Spain, released in the face of Spain’s approval of the new "gag law," reminds us that we must continue to exercise our rights to defend them.
Aryeh Neier traveled to Spain in February in response to the imminent approval of the draft Law on Public Security and other reforms restricting citizens’ rights and access to justice.
Five UN special rapporteurs have addressed Spanish authorities to ask them to stop their consideration of several legal reforms that violate international human rights standards.
Spain recently faced its second Universal Periodic Review, receiving questions and recommendations on pressing human rights issues from the majority of United Nations member states.
The draft law on public security violates human rights, including freedoms of expression and assembly, say human rights experts. The law would restrict peaceful protest in public spaces and offer no safeguards against ethnic profiling by police.