March 3, 2021

Sovereign prisoners send a letter to the UN criticizing their confinement

Catalan independence prisoners have sent a joint letter, “with political prisoners and prisoners around the world”, to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, to criticize the situation of confinement of prisoners during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement this Wednesday, the ANC and Òmnium Cultural have reported that among the signatories is the journalist and founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, as well as activists imprisoned in Argentina, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Morocco and Western Sahara.

In the letter, the prisoners show their concern that “many States are not complying” with the UN recommendations and have assured that, as Bachelet said, keeping prisoners in detention during the pandemic carries a high risk for their life and health.

According to the signatories, the danger comes not only from the risk of outbreaks, but also from the “repression against the protests that some prisoners have carried out in different detention and detention centers.”

In addition to Assange, the letter is signed by activists such as Milagro Sala and Luis D’Elía from Argentina, and Julián Andrés Gil Reyes, José Vicente Murillo and Jorge Enrique Niño, from the Colombian People’s Congress.

There is also the leader of the Popular Rif Movement, Nasser Zefzafi; activist Mahfoud Bamba Lefka; Western Sahara journalist Bachir Mahdi Khader; the Mayan indigenous defender Q’eqchi, from Guatemala, Bernado Caal XOL, and the representatives of the Defenders of water, the environment and the territory of Guapinol, in Honduras, Jeremías Martínez, Porfirio Sorto Cedillo, Ewers Alexander Cedillo, José Daniel Márquez , Kelvin Romero, José Abelino Cedillo, Arnold Alemán Soriano and Orbin Hernández Hernández.


The President of Òmnium Cultural, Jordi Cuixart, has accused the State of not complying with the UN guidelines on the confinement of prisoners outside of jails: “The powers of the State decide to isolate themselves from the UN values, they put at risk people’s health and take away the rights of all prisoners. “

“In full emergency, we fight for human rights from all prisons, loudspeakers to denounce the states that imprison the mobilization, disobeying the United Nations,” he said.

Former ANC president Jordi Sànchez, has stated that the fact that 1-O prisoners remain in prison is “an example of contempt for human rights and international organizations that ensure compliance.”

He has also accused the Spanish institutions of “consolidating the tendency to ignore the recommendations of international organizations that are not to his liking” and has asked himself with what authority Spain requires other countries to comply with international human rights treaties.


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