Spain must amend for Civil War abuses: Amnesty

18th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

18 July 2005, MADRID — Amnesty International has called for a special prosecutor to be appointed to investigate what happened to those who disappeared during the Civil War and the regime of the former dictator Francisco Franco.

18 July 2005

MADRID — Amnesty International has called for a special prosecutor to be appointed to investigate what happened to those who disappeared during the Civil War and the regime of the former dictator Francisco Franco.

Esteban Beltrán, president of Amnesty International in Spain, presented a report called 'Spain: put an end to the silence and the injustice', in which he said Madrid owed a debt to all those victims of the civil war and the Franco era.

The cover of the report was illustrated with a picture of bones from a mass grave at Villamayor de los Montes, in Burgos, northern Spain.

Beltran said: "Spain has forgotten thousands of people. This country asked for the extradition of Pinochet and carried out the trial of Scilingo(Argentine officer convicted of war crimes in his country) but has not been capable of offering truth, justice and amends to its own citizens."

He said the only way Spain has made up for the abuses during this era has been through tributes to the victims.

Instead, AI called for compensation for the victims.

Beltran added: "All the victims have been ignored in major or minor part."

He attacked the "discrimination" which had seen compensation to unions or political parties but not for private individuals.

Beltran said what was needed was impartial investigation.

He said there had been "numerous obstacles" put in the way of families trying to discover details about their loved ones' bodies or getting access to archives which might give some clues as to what happened to them.

AI has called for a specialist prosecutor to be employed to investigate what happened to those who disappeared or were the victims of summary executions.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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