Prosecution of Spanish Judge Concerns UN

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“Spain is obliged under international law to investigate past serious human rights violations, including those committed during the Franco regime, and to prosecute and punish those responsible,” Rupert Colville, the spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), spoke on the matter to reporters in Geneva. “Judges should not be subject to criminal prosecution for doing their job.” Trial of Judge Baltasar Garzón for probing alleged atrocities committed during Spain’s civil war is inconsistent country’s commitments under international law to investigate past serious human rights violations. Judge on Trial & Convicted: Judge Garzon was reportedly convicted yesterday in a separate trial for authorizing illegal phone-tapping, and suspended from the judiciary for 11 years. He is also on trial on charges of “knowingly exceeding his jurisdiction” by admitting and investigating complaints related to crimes against humanity regarding allegations of enforced disappearances between 1936 and 1951, during the country’s civil war and then under the regime of Francisco Franco. These cases are allegedly inadmissible because of a Spanish amnesty. UN/International Law Does Not Recognize Amnesty for Grave Violations of International Humanitarian Law: Mr. Colville recalled that, after reviewing the report presented by Spain, the UN Human Rights Committee in 2009 informed the country that it should repeal its amnesty law, which was not in conformity with international human rights law. In its concluding observations that same year, the Committee also recommended that Spain consider taking the necessary legislative measures to guarantee recognition by the domestic courts of the non-applicability of a statute of limitations to crimes against humanity. By Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey – Follow @MuhamedSacirbey Facebook = Become a Fan at “Diplomatically Incorrect” Twitter – Follow us at DiplomaticallyX War Crimes Justice Channel -

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"Voice of the Global Citizen"- Diplomatically Incorrect ( provide film and written reports on issues reflecting diplomatic discourse and the global citizen. Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey (@MuhamedSacirbey) is former Foreign Minister Ambassador of Bosnia & Herzegovina at the United Nations. "Mo" is also signatory of the Rome Conference/Treaty establishing the International…

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