The UN has recognized in a resolution issued on Tuesday the human rights violations in the case of spying on pro-independence leaders and activists, such as the president Pere Aragones or the former leaders of the ANC Elisenda Paluzie and Jordi Sánchez, with the program Pegasusalso known as Catalangate. In the same letter, the United Nations has urged the Spanish State to “investigate, prosecute and impose sanctions” to “protect the victims.”
This resolution responds to a complaint from the ERC general secretary, Martha Rovirato the United Nations on behalf of the victims of the Republicans and in coordination with the rest of the organizations affected by the Catalangate. Specifically, three UN rapporteurs sign the letter: the Special Rapporteur on minority issues, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of expression. peaceful assembly and association.
In the letter, the rapporteurs also express “very serious concern” about this “extensive and well-coordinated and planned espionage program” on pro-independence activists and public figures. The text claims that the mass espionage violated the right to “assemble peacefully and participate in associations”, to “have a private life and privacy in correspondence” and “to be equal before the law”.
The resolution also pays special attention to the alleged spying on Van den Eynde, lawyer for the president of ERC, oriol junquerasor the ex-minister Raul Romeva. “If confirmed, it would constitute an attack on the independence of lawyers and human rights defenders.”
The UN resolution was issued on October 24, 2022, but it was not made public until this Tuesday, since the entity left the Spanish government 60 days to respond. The State’s response indicates that any interception is done “following the requirements set forth in the Spanish legal system” and “with full respect for fundamental rights and freedoms.”
Republicans demand accountability
The reactions of the different pro-independence leaders in the UN resolution have not been long in coming. In a tweet, Rovira has affirmed that ERC will continue to demand transparency from the Government about which government entities used Pegasus to spy, to assume the pertinent responsibilities and to guarantee that events like these do not occur again.
President Aragonès also pointed out in a tweet that the resolution of three UN rapporteurs “reaffirms what they have asked the State from day one: transparency, responsibilities and reparation for damage.”
In a statement, the Republicans have said that they hope that this resolution will encourage the Spanish Justice to stop hindering the course of the lawsuits filed and carry out an effective investigation of the espionage cases reported.