Human Rights Institute Lunch Talk: The Human Rights status in Catalonia

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 @ 12:10pm to 1:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 102B
Apr 17
Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 @ 12:10pm to 1:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 102B

Now a year and a half removed from Catalonia’s independence referendum on October 1, 2017 (declared illegal by Spain’s Constitutional Court), the Catalan Ombudsman - who has the duty to protect and defend rights and freedoms in Catalonia - believes it is important to reflect critically on the Spanish state’s political and legal reaction to those events as it pertains to fundamental rights. As part of this effort, Mr. Ribó’s office recently published three extensive reports on the issue, including the violence perpetrated by security forces during the referendum, and the subsequent concerns about broader questions of the proscription of rights, including expression, assembly and the rights to political participation and representation, among others.

Join Rafael Ribó, the Catalan Ombudsman and European President of the International Ombudsman Institute, for a timely discussion of people’s rights to political participation and a fair trial in contemporary democracy.