Amnesty International "Spanish attitude to justice a 'slap in the face' for the victims of Franco"

"A new report from Amnesty International has revealed that the Spanish authorities are routinely failing to investigate crimes committed during the Civil War and Franco period.

Time passes, impunity remains examines how the Spanish authorities have refused to investigate tens of thousands of killings and disappearances committed during the Civil War (1936-1939) and then afterwards under Francisco Franco’s rule (1939-1975).

The report also reveals how the Spanish authorities are not cooperating with other countries, such as Argentina, that have opened their own investigations into Spain’s historical abuses.
Esteban Beltrán, Director of Amnesty International Spain, said:
“The fact that Spain is neither investigating nor cooperating with proceedings relating to crimes committed during the Civil War by both parties to the conflict or under Franco is a slap in the face for all the relatives of those who were abused and disappeared at the time.

“We have seen a tendency for these cases to be closed without further investigation but the situation has worsened recently after the Supreme Court ruled that it was not for Spanish judges to prosecute these crimes. The only avenue of judicial investigation available in Spain it seems to be shut down.”

The Spanish judiciary is refusing to conduct investigations, and complaints filed by the victims are being closed."

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