E-magazine of the Basque Observatory of Human rights
With this electronic bulletin, BEHATOKIA intents to present precise and specific information referring to the violations of human rights or attacks against the practice of fundamental liberties perpetrated by both, the Spanish and the French States.
These are the subjects included in the latest bulletin,
the 28th. you can gain access to the full text (in rtf format) by clicking
on the headlines:
Torture: Amnesty International report on impunity
Amnesty International regularly reports the persistence of Torture in
the Spanish State. In its annual report covering the year 2006 this organization
makes specific reference to the five days incommunicado, extendible up
to thirteen, observed by the Spanish Justice as for the detainees
Gorka Lupinez tortured
In December 6th the young Durango Gorka Lupinez was arrested in a control
of the Guardia Civil while he was going for a walk. He was then taken
to the barracks of “La Salve” of the Guardia Civil and placed
under incommunicado regime. Lupinez was on bail and scheduled to be tried
in January on charges of participating in various acts of sabotage, for
which he had been arrested twice already. Twice as well he reported to
have been tortured.
Prisoners with grave and incurable diseases : Gotzone Lopez de Luzuriaga
There are nine Basque prisoners who suffer from serious and incurable
diseases and could eventually be released in application of Article 92
of the Penal Code.
Arrested by the orders of the Audiencia Nacional, processed in lawsuit
Although the sentence was not yet known, the Audiencia Nacional
issued to the Spanish police forces, on December 1st, the order to arrest
the Basque citizens tried in lawsuit 18/98. The order which could be justified
through risk of light, were there any, would affect 48 among the 52 persons
who were tried.
Hundreds of years of business, social, political and cultural activities
The sentence concerning case 18/98 was at last notified by the Audiencia
Nacional on December 19th 2007after the press had published a good part
of its content. By order of the aforesaid sentence have been outlawed
and disbanded several political, social and business activities such as
the newspaper Egin , the radio station Egin Irratia, the political organization
Ekin, European association for international solidarity and the foundation
for the promotion of associations and Basque association Joxemi Zumalabe.
Imprisonment of the National bureau of Batasuna: political rights?
The detention of Juan Mari Olano in a demonstration, brutally-attacked,
by Basque police forces, and which caused dozens of injured on September
9th, gave a new orientation to this dynamic. Indeed the charges held by
Baltazar Garzon against Olano were not based on the disorders caused by
the demonstration, still less on the alleged illegality of this latter,
but rather on the ‘repetition of an offence’ for continuing
his activities as spokesman of pro-Amnesty organization Askatasuna.
Strasbourg admits the appeal of Batasuna relative to its outlawing
It was confirmed in early December that the European Court of
Human Right will examine the recourse of Herri Batasuna as well as the
one of Autoderminaziorako Bilgunea (AuB), and the local platforms and
Herritarren Zerrenda (HZ) outlawed on implementation of the law on political
Garzon sent Marije Fullaondo to prison
One of the appellants against the outlawing of Herritarren Zerenda
before the Strasbourg Court, Marije Fullaondo, was Precisely arrested
in an operation conducted by the judge of the Audiencia Nacional, Baltazar
Garzon, on December 18th.
Crime of disobedience to TSJPV: The PSOE facing its law relative to parties
The High Court of Justice of Basque country has decided to open
a trial against Batasuna members: Arnaldo Ortegi, Pernando Barrena, Juan
José Petrikorena, Rufi Etxebarrieta and Olatz Danobeita for alleged
crime of disobedience, and against Juan José Ibarretxe (PNB), Patxi
López and Rodolfo Ares (PSE) prosecuted as necessary collaborators.
Youths prosecuted for causing disorders in Kale Barroka Street, arrested
in incommunicado detention
One of the aims of the anti-terrorist policy of the Spanish
State, in connection with the French one, was the detention of youths
allegedly linked to the actions of sabotage and urban guerrilla warfare.
Being charged with terrorism involves therefore the application of the
exceptional legislation, namely the incommunicado regime.
S tate of struggle against Torture
Julen Arzuaga, coordinator of Behatokia