The Canary Islands will have more than €200,000 for Democratic Memory actions

Julio Pérez, cde Public Administrations, Justice and Security of the Government of the Canary Islands / c7

Among some of the measures that will be carried out are the updating of the map of graves and the registry of missing persons.

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The Ministry of Public Administrations, Justice and Security of the Government of the Canary Islands will have more than 200,000 euros this year for actions in Democratic Memory, thanks to its own financing available from
149,500 euros and the 65,470 euros distributed this Friday andn the II Sectoral Conference on this matter held in Seville.

The head of the Canarian department, Julio Pérez, who attended the conference, highlighted
the consensus reached between the state government and the autonomous communities to expand the number of actions to be carried out on this matter, the Ministry has informed in a statement.

Pérez has also valued the agreement to be able to allocate part of the funds to commemoration or research projects on the Spanish Constitution and the Political Transition and its individual and collective protagonists, and for the dignity and recovery of
concentration camps of the Civil War, World War II and the Dictatorship.

With the more than 200,000 euros that the Ministry of Public Administrations, Justice and Security will make available, the department will be able to carry out the initiatives that it undertook from the beginning of the legislature in compliance with
Law 5/2018, of December 14, on the historical memory of the Canary Islands and of recognition and moral reparation of the Canarian victims of the Civil War and the Franco dictatorship, indicates the note.

Among others, they include
the update of the grave map and the registry of missing persons.

The amount distributed in the II Sectoral Conference on Democratic Memory amounts to three million euros and is intended for three lines of action.

The first, which has two million, includes works of
location, exhumation and identification of disappeared persons during the Civil War and the Dictatorshipwhile the second and third, of one million, bring together activities to disseminate work carried out and results obtained and to dignify the burial sites and promote the places of memory associated with them.

In addition, from now on, and after unanimously approving it by the State Government and autonomous communities,
These funds may also be used in commemoration or research projects on the Spanish Constitution and the Political Transition and its protagonists individual and collective, and of dignity and recovery of concentration camps of the Civil War, World War II and the Dictatorship.

During the year 2021, the Ministry directed by Julio Pérez has carried out surveys with archaeological methodology in La Palmain search of graves of people who suffered reprisals from the Spanish Civil War, and a study of the location of possible Canarian victims who appear as missing, both projects within line one.

It has also started the development of a
geographic database of graves and missing persons, as well as the updating of the map of graves of the Canary Islands and the design of the web portal of
Historical Memory of the Canary Islands, projects aimed at disseminating work and results in accordance with the principles of truth, justice, reparation and non-repetition.

Within the activities carried out by the Ministry of Public Administrations, Justice and Security, through the
Historical Memory Technical CommissionNoteworthy is the evaluation of the proposal for a Catalog of Francoist symbols, streets, monuments and mentions in Santa Cruz, commissioned by the General Directorate of Heritage of the Government of the Canary Islands to the University of La Laguna, and which is now pending the preparation of a presentation by the members of the committee derived from the commission itself, which should be debated in the coming days.

It remains to be carried out a study of
3D multifrequency geo-radar in a plot located in the municipality of Fuencalientein La Palma, in order to locate possible graves related to the Spanish Civil War.

Looking ahead to the year 2022, the Ministry, within the scope of its powers, plans to prepare the proper record of the exhumation procedure in the system
SiCAV of the Government of the Canary Islands, to allow its electronic processing; promote the carrying out of archaeological interventions that are technically feasible on the islands, to guarantee the exhumation of all graves in the territory, and update and complete the publication of the map of graves accessible to the public.

Likewise, it is intended to
update and publish the list of victims of the Civil War and Franco's repression, as well as their accessibility to citizens through a database that allows them to be contextualized; regulate the functioning of the DNA databases of victims of the Franco regime and child abduction, and carry out specific study actions in relation to abducted minors and guarantee the coordination that must exist between the Law of Historical Memory and the
Law on stolen minors in the Canary Islands.

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