Gays jailed under Franco could get compensation

11th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

11 November 2004, MADRID-All political parties pledged to offer compensation to homosexuals held in jail because of their sexuality under the regime of former dictator Francisco Franco.

11 November 2004

MADRID-All political parties pledged to offer compensation to homosexuals held in jail because of their sexuality under the regime of former dictator Francisco Franco.

The only party which did not agree to the measure was the conservative opposition Popular Party.

The Association of Ex–Social Prisoners of Franco asked all parliamentary parties to promise compensation for those who were sent to prison for their sexual orientation.

Antoni Ruiz, leader of the group, said it hoped on 10 December –International Human Rights Day- the government would recognise the suffering of thousands of homosexuals who were condemned to jail until the law was changed in 1979.

The commission set up by the present Socialist government to examine how  victims of the Spanish Civil War and the Franco dictatorship were treated  will consider if any cash compensation could be paid to homosexuals who were jailed during this period.

Franco died in 1975 after holding power in Spain for 36 years.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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