Informative Bulletin Number 3, 5 April 2018 (By María GOOD).
Granada, April 5, 2018. Mail: “email@example.com”
From here we thank all the political groups that form the Assembly of Extremadura for achieving the first Institutional Declaration in Spain, which is promoted and urged for the creation of a State Pact, as well as the proposed State Law for protect all the victims for the theft of babies in Spain that our collective presented at the end of 2017 before all the Autonomous Parliaments of the national territory and before the Petition Board of the Congress of Deputies.
On the 1st of March, the Assembly of Extremadura approved an INSTITUTIONAL DECLARATION urging the Government of the nation to make our Pact of State a reality and create the law that protects the victims for the theft of babies nationwide . This declaration of the Assembly of Extremadura is the result of sending to all the Autonomous Parliaments of Spain, a text of law with about 80 articles to promote the creation of a State Law to protect all victims by the theft of babies in Spain, and the request of the State Pact that we sent to the Congress of Deputies last year. Congratulations to everyone!
Little by little, Parliament to Parliament, we have reached all the political formations with representation in each of the Tables of the Autonomous Assemblies.
This first Institutional Declaration in Spain, made by the Assembly of Extremadura, is the beginning, because without any political contradiction and UNANIMITY of all political forces -PSOE-SIEX, PP, PODEMOS and CITIZENS- it has been said YES to start recovering justice, reparation and guarantees of non-repetition.
Congratulations to all the good people because they are all fighting from peaceful resistance, generosity and kindness!
INSTITUTIONAL DECLARATION OF THE EXTREMADURA ASSEMBLY.
The Parliamentary Groups with representation in the Assembly of Extremadura echo the request made to this chamber by the Platform International Forum of Victims of Child Forced Disappearances “WE ARE LOOKING FOR YOU” with registration number 18.340 to urge the government of the nation to elaboration of a Law of recognition and reparation to the victims for the forced disappearances of children throughout the Spanish territory from which we extract the following fragment:
By means of this law, the State of Spain assumes that a democratic and peaceful coexistence requires the recognition of dignity and integral reparation to the victims of serious human rights violations, specifically the victims affected by the forced disappearances of children throughout the State Spanish, all of them equal creditors of the right to truth, memory and justice, and that this reparation is an inescapable duty of the State in any of its forms.
This duty derives from conventional and customary international norms, is peacefully assumed in the general doctrine of public international law, in the practice and development of different international organizations and instruments, and in the jurisprudence of the jurisdictional or quasi-jurisdictional bodies that supervise the application of human rights treaties.
The obligation to provide reparations to victims of serious human rights violations rests with States that, like Spain, have signed the European Convention on Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Rules of international public order that require, as pointed out by Spain, both the Committee against Torture (CAT / C / GC / 3) and the Human Rights Committee (CCPR / C / ESP / CO / 6). This is also reflected in the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (E / CN.4 / Sub.2 / 1993/8) and Resolution 60/147: Basic principles and guidelines on the right of victims of gross violations of human rights. international human rights standards and serious violations of international humanitarian law to file appeals and obtain reparations, approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 16, 2005, and in which this law has found much of its inspiration.
Thus, by means of this law, the State of Spain is committed to the duties of respect and guarantee that derive from international law and, as provided in Article 50 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, involve all powers public and all its internal structures. With it, it is intended to correct the legal vacuum suffered by victims of serious human rights violations, considering as such both the victims of the civil war and Francoism, recognized in Law 52/2007, without excluding those who, in compliance with the requirements established in this law have not been recognized as victims by current legislation in any context outside or within a historical framework, bearing in mind that crimes against humanity do not have a possible timeframe given their nature as a violation of human rights timeless, violations that occur in any place, time or space. All of them are given the central place they deserve, giving satisfaction to their rights in the field of competence of the Spanish State.
Under the articles of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union 3.1 (Right to physical and mental integrity of every person), 4 (Prohibition of all forms of suffering or inhuman treatment), 5.3 (prohibition of the sale of human beings human), 7 (Right to respect for private and family life without interference) the Assembly of Extremadura in recognition of the work of associations of victims for the disappearance of babies throughout the Spanish territory, shows their support for the defense of rights of the people affected by the plot of stolen babies and the restitution of moral dignity to all mothers and / or relatives affected by the kidnapping of our children. Likewise, it requests the Government of the nation to elaborate a law related to the Recognition and Reparation of Victims of Child Forced Disappearances in Spain.
The present Institutional Declaration, signed by all the Parliamentary Groups with representation in the Assembly of Extremadura, will be sent to the Congress of Deputies.
D. Valentín García Gómez, Spokesman of G.P. Socialist (PSOE-SIEX).
Dña. Cristina E. Teniente Sánchez, Spokesman G.P. Popular (PP).
Mr. Álvaro Jaén Barbado Spokesman G.P. We can Extremadura.
Ms. Mª. Victoria Domínguez Paredes, Spokesman G.M., Agrupación Ciudadanos – Partido de la Ciudadanía-.
1.- That by the Bureau of the Assembly of the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, this PETITION has been presented, with all the points that compose it and the literal text so that on the part of that Assembly it is urged, urges and requests the Government of the Nation the adoption of a bill, begging you to send to the Bureau of Congress a bill that protects the victims of forced disappearances for children throughout the Spanish territory, for which we provide a draft at the end of this document text with its articles as a proposal for the creation of this future law requested by this letter.
2.- The timely transfer of this petition with the text proposed as draft for the creation of the text of a law relating to forced disappearances for children, in its entirety, to each of the representatives of the Parliamentary Groups present in the Table of the Assembly, for your knowledge and estimation.
3.- In the same way, we request the constitution of a Truth Commission roundtable on the theft and illegal adoption of children in Spain since the Civil War until well into democracy based on:
All the agents and members that make up the Powers of the State of Spain know and have the obligation to know that, in view of the text of the Law on adoptions of the year 1987 and within the Preamble of the same, it is placed on record that ” Sometimes the obnoxious trafficking of children was allowed, “so that based on this text and affirmation, all the agents involved in its approval are requested to appear before the commission of inquiry requested, as well as to adopt the measures timely, aimed at reparation, the knowledge of the truth, the application of universal justice and the guarantees of non-repetition on the cases of mothers who stole their children by forcing them to disappear.
4.- It is justice to recognize the inhuman suffering of all those mothers and fathers, as well as brothers and other relatives who, even today, continue to wait to know the fate and whereabouts of newborns who were subjected to enforced disappearance in hospitals, cottages, religious entities, sheltered apartments and prisons in Spain during the dictatorship and the first years of democracy. Although not even a single case of babies stolen by our courts has been solved despite Spain being the second country in the world in cases of child disappearances after the case of the Stolen Generations in Australia.
5.- Rejecting emphatically the impunity that still results from all this, and that today continues to benefit the criminals who were part of the different organized plots of forced disappearance of children and the sale of human beings acting in Spain, and determined to do everything possible our hand to finish with this one.
6.- Recalling that Article 10.1 of the Spanish Constitution proclaims that the right to one’s own personal identity and the free development of one’s personality, the dignity of the person, the inviolable rights that are inherent to it are the foundation of the democratic political order of our country, and that the persistent situation of the several thousand human beings who live among us still not knowing their own name and identity – as well as the thousands of mothers, fathers and relatives still looking for them – hurt the conscience of humanity .
Recalling that Article 8 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights recognizes the “human right to family life” without external interference from all those mothers and fathers, brothers and other affected family members.
Recalling also Article 25 of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons against Enforced Disappearances, ratified by Spain since February 2011, which states that “States Parties shall adopt the necessary measures to search for and identify children” victims of forced disappearance, as well as the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, made in Palermo in 2000, also ratified by Spain since December 2003, and having recognized both the forced disappearance of people such as the sale of human beings as forms of crimes against humanity.
Aware that all of the above represents a continued violation of human rights, and an injustice of enormous proportions and profound damage for those affected that no citizen of Spain should continue to suffer for longer. The evidence of criminal networks, with clear indications, and the continuity in the time and territorial extension of these crimes, point to this character of systematic theft, especially to single mothers against whom extreme physical and mental violence was exercised (first with ideological-religious overtones, and then as trafficking of children for economic purposes), with the complicity of those who allowed impunity.
7.- That in tribute and remembrance of all those mothers who still today are still looking for their little ones in Spain, and of all those mothers who died waiting to be able to meet again with them and for whom no measure of reparation will be It is possible that, except for their memory, solemnly ask forgiveness on behalf of all State institutions to all mothers and all children victims of enforced disappearance of children in Spain, whether they are motivated by political repression during the dictatorship or with a purpose of sale of human beings for economic gain before or after the end of it, as well as all their parents, siblings and other relatives, for not having acted on time and with due diligence to prevent such events from taking place first, nor for the prosecution and punishment of up to the last of those responsible, afterwards.
The lack of state diligence in assuming responsibilities and legislation that protects and encourages impunity (such as resorting to the statute of limitations despite being permanent crimes), produces in the victims, who lack all kinds of help and recognition of their condition of such, a state of permanent anguish and helplessness with sequelae comparable to permanent torture.
The Spanish State has failed all those victims and their families and sincere recognition of this fact must be the first step to solve this situation, undertaking the task of legislating and all those measures that are necessary to prevent such events from returning to repeat itself in the future.
As international human rights organizations have been establishing since the 1983 Quinteros Almeida against Uruguay ruling of the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations, such victims are the children themselves subjected to enforced disappearance and subsequent purchase or delivery, like their mothers, parents, and siblings or other close relatives. Direct victims, others equally indirect victims. And that, consequently, all victims have the same right to Truth, Justice and Reparation in all forms recognized by the United Nations, just as the right of society to the society of the whole of Spain corresponds to to know the Truth in its collective dimension, and as a way to avoid that such aberrant facts are repeated on this earth.
For being of justice that, respectfully, we ask in Granada on October 28, 2017.
Requests and signs this Petition on behalf of all the groups and people attached to the Platform for International Forum of Victims of Child Forced Disappearances “WE ARE LOOKING FOR YOU”, with all the victims petitioners against the impunity of the crimes against humanity of the cases of babies stolen in Spain, under the Fundamental Right of Petition.
List of all the Autonomous Parliaments that have agreed to transfer our petition to the different Parliamentary Groups so that, in the use of the powers granted to them by the Regulations of their Chamber, they may take initiatives in this regard.
- CONGRESS OF THE DEPUTIES: admission to process of our request for a State Pact against the impunity of cases of stolen babies and illegal adoptions in Spain, the Chairman of the Petitions Committee, Mr. Jorge Fernández Díaz, agrees to transfer Mr. Spokesmen of the Parliamentary Groups in the Congress of Deputies on November 28, 2017.
- Autonomous Parliament of Andalusia: transfer of our petition to all Parliamentary Groups on November 15, 2017.
- Autonomous Parliament of Catalonia: transfer of our petition to all the Parliamentary Groups on November 15, 2017.
- Basque Autonomous Parliament: transfer of our petition to all Parliamentary Groups on November 7, 2017.
- Parliament of the Valencian Parliament: transfer of our petition to all the Parliamentary Groups on November 7, 2017.
- Assembly of Extremadura: first Institutional Declaration in Spain to promote a State Law for all victims for the theft of babies and a State Pact requested by our International Platform We Are Looking for You.
- Assembly of Madrid: transfer of our petition to all the Parliamentary Groups on November 20, 2017.
- Parliament of Navarre: agreement to transfer our petition to the Chief Magistrate on November 13, 2017.
- Parliament of the Balearic Islands: transfer of our petition to all the Parliamentary Groups on November 15, 2017.
- Parliament of the Canary Islands: transfer of our petition to all the Parliamentary Groups on November 8, 2017.
- Cortes de Aragón: transfer of our petition to all the Parliamentary Groups on November 28, 2017.
- General Meeting of the Principality of Asturias: transfer of our petition to the Committee on Petitions and Fundamental Rights on November 7, 2017.
- Cortes de Castilla y León: transfer of our petition to all the Parliamentary Groups on November 17, 2017.
- Courts of Castilla La Mancha: transfer of our petition to all Parliamentary Groups on November 22, 2017.
- Parliament of La Rioja: transfer of our petition to all Parliamentary Groups on November 10, 2017.
- Parliament of Galicia: transfer of our petition to all the Parliamentary Groups on January 16, 2018.
- Regional Assembly of Murcia: transfer of our petition to all Parliamentary Groups on November 30, 2017.
- Parliament of Cantabria: transfer of our petition to all Parliamentary Groups on November 10, 2017.
Receive a cordial greeting from all the members of the International Platform.
With all our thanks and affection,
Spokesperson and general coordinator of the Platform International Forum of Victims of Child Forced Disappearances “We are looking for you” (TEB).
Video of the international campaign WE ARE LOOKING FOR, can be seen in the link:
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This video is being shared and broadcast in the media of other countries, having already appeared in the press and international television.
The campaign has been created and directed by the Doctor in Social Psychology Da. Carolina Escudero.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR YOU.
Thank you from the heart for the sincere involvement of our political representatives, who generously and aside partisan differences are agreed to protect against the pain that thousands of families have suffered for many years for the disappearance of our children.
By María GOOD.
Spokeswoman and general coordinator of the Platform International Forum of Victims of Child Forced Disappearances.
“We are looking for you” (TEB).
April 5, 2018