Catalonian separatists violated 214 times the Convention on the Rights of the Child adopted by the UN in 1989 as showed by the preview of the 2017 Report “Violence and Violation of the Law in the Separatist Process”, drafted by the association ‘Catalunya Somos Todos’.
This preview includes, until November 30, 2017, 33 cases of violation of 8 Articles of the above-mentioned Convention and of the EU Charter on the Rights of the Child approved by the European Parliament in 1992. Both documents, as Catalunya Somos Todos highlights, pursue the best interest and non-discrimination of children.
Among these cases we should underline, for instance, 30 violations of Article 14, which safeguards minors’ freedom of thought and conscience, and 26 violations of Article 13, regarding freedom of speech.
According to the Section devoted to the Rights of Minors in the preview of the 2017 report, “In a high number of Catalonian schools, many children from families coming from other Spanish regions, children of members of the State Security Forces, or from families who oppose the pro-independence movement, have been continuously humiliated, punished or harassed just because they do not belong to the active mass in favour of independence”.
The survey of Catalunya Somos Todos highlights that “such a widespread, continuous and systematic attack against the rights of children is alarming in a territory, Europe, who brags about championing the defence and preservation of Fundamental Human Rights.
More than 380 violations of Spanish laws.
Overall, 100 cases appeared in the media and the social networks are included in the preview of the 2017 Report on “Violence and Violation of the Law in the Separatist Process”. The facts include more than 380 violations of the Spanish laws: 98 violations of the Penal Code and 83 violations of the Constitution, especially of the Section on Fundamental Rights.
In the context of separatist violence, crimes of slander and threats to the Army and Security Forces, hate and discrimination crimes and crimes of injuries lead the ranking of violations of the Penal Code.
As for the Constitution, the Articles which are most affected by the ‘procés’ are those defending the freedom of ideology, the democratic principles of coexistence, the fundamental freedoms regarding education and parental rights to choose their children religious and moral education according to their beliefs.
Jorge Amado, Chairman of ‘Catalunya Somos Todos’, believes that “it is necessary to implement a de-nazification process to bring normality and prosperity back to Catalonia”, and the forthcoming elections could be a first major step. Along this line, Amado stressed the importance of Europe to which separatism –a wolf in sheep’s clothing- has been asking for help. The European Union has clearly seen that “separatism threatens its foundations” and has pledged its firm commitment to the unity of Spain.
Finally, Amado concludes that: “A comprehensive pact among the citizens is essential in order to avoid the kidnapping of our children’s ideology, the harassment of those who think differently or the aggression against those who do not yield to the dictates of separatism”.