Withdraw amnesty law UN expert tells Spain

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Pablo de Greiff

Spain should investigate alleged atrocities committed in its 1930s Civil War and under the regime of Francisco Franco that followed, a United Nations independent expert has urged.

Special Rapporteur Pablo de Greiff, called on Spanish authorities to withdraw the 1977 Amnesty Law that shields any Franco-era crime from being brought to court.

He said it was essential that the State finds ways to provide access to justice for the victims

Mr. de Greiff said that the Spanish Government must protect the rights of both the alleged perpetrators and the victims of crimes committed during the 1936-39 Civil War and the Franco dictatorship which ended in 1975.

The Rapporteur expressed concern about the fragmentation of existing information and recommended the establishment of a mechanism to do what he called "officialise" the truth.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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