Sunday, October 13th 2013 - 11:38 UTC

Council of Europe blasts Spain on law enforcement authorities’ violations

Spain has been warned about the conduct of its law enforcement authorities in a new Council of Europe report. “Ill-treatment by and impunity of members of law enforcement agencies is a very serious, long-standing human rights issue for which Spain has already been condemned by international bodies” reads the study.

“Authorities should ensure that law enforcement officials fully abide by international human rights standards”, said Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Mulznieks

The report was drawn up by Nils Mulznieks, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, following his visit to Spain in June 2013.

“The Spanish authorities should ensure that law enforcement officials fully abide by international human rights standards” the report continues. It cites incommunicado detention as having led to a number of “grave human rights violations” and recommends that the practice be abolished.

Commissioner Mulznieks also urges the authorities to “vigorously counter ethnic profiling practices, which notably target and stigmatise migrants in stop-and-search operations.”

The report also warned that Spain’s continuing austerity measures are breaching the human rights of vulnerable groups such as children and those with disabilities.

“Cuts in social, health and educational budgets have led to a worrying growth of family poverty in Spain.” the report stated.

He called on Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government to “implement effective strategies to solve these poverty-related problems and increase the protection of socio-economic rights.”

The report further stressed that “the growing child poverty, malnutrition and inadequate housing are issues of serious concern because of their potentially devastating long-term impact on children and the country.”

Commissioner Mulznieks cited figures which showed that the child poverty rate reached 30% in 2011. The commissioner therefore urged the authorities to adopt and implement more vigorous and co-ordinated strategies to tackle the root causes of child poverty and to prevent it. He recommended accession by Spain to the revised European Social Charter and its mechanism of collective complaints.

The Commissioner further warned that significant cuts on education budgets in the last three years are undermining children’s equality opportunities by making it difficult for children facing specific difficulties or disadvantages to access quality education.

He was particularly concerned that human rights education be kept as part of the curricula, as “it is a key factor in building a future generation of active and responsible citizens, who are the life blood of a democratic society.”

The report also warned that persons with disabilities in Spain are facing poverty and are being marginalized as the government has withdrawn the state aid. He recommended that Spain should “carry out an impact assessment of budgetary cuts on persons with disabilities and adjust policies to ensure that adequate resources are available for their education and employment opportunities.

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1 Britworker (#) Oct 13th, 2013 - 12:00 pm Report abuse
Now a sensible Spaniard would realise after reading this, that being taken to the European court by the UK for freedom of movement and human rights violations, would likely result in them losing.
2 Conqueror (#) Oct 13th, 2013 - 12:24 pm Report abuse
There are many known Spanish “human rights” violations. Spanish state, and other, vessels invading British Gibraltar Territorial Waters is one. Note that Spanish poaching vessels steal food from British Gibraltar Territorial Waters! Shooting at Gibraltar citizens legally using their own waters is another. Forcing citizens of any country to wait for 5, 6 or 7 hours in sweltering heat is another. Inciting racial hatred is another. Spain has much to answer for! And, eventually, it will!
3 Pete Bog (#) Oct 13th, 2013 - 12:29 pm Report abuse
“He called on Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government to “implement effective strategies ”

That's rather optimistic, he can't even get the Grecian 2000 ratio right on his hair and beard.
4 GeoffWard2 (#) Oct 13th, 2013 - 01:23 pm Report abuse
(EU) Commissioner Mulznieks also urges the authorities to “vigorously counter ethnic profiling practices, which notably target and stigmatise migrants in stop-and-search operations.”

Yup, England/Wales had to stop the 'Sus' stop & search for the same reason. But the crime figures still show heavy statistical bias.
Drugs, gangs, terrorism, knives, guns, people-traffiking, laundering: with globalised crime come the races that bias the statistics.

I don't blame the police when they follow where the statistics take them;
I just wish they would be more efficient at removing transgressors ...
without destroying the City and the white-collar industries of the world, of course (wry).
5 ChrisR (#) Oct 13th, 2013 - 05:22 pm Report abuse
Who can believe the Spaniards have been naughty boys and girls?

Ha, ha, ha.

But the day of reckoning is coming.
6 Briton (#) Oct 13th, 2013 - 06:21 pm Report abuse
Why should Spain do anything less?
Look at CFK they ignore everything, and do sod all,
And gets welcoming tea at the UN,

So why should Spain play ball,

You let one get away with it,
You let em all get away with it,

Without the backbone,
What can one do?
Cancel the training landings of the royal marines in South Africa
For want of money..???
7 LEPRecon (#) Oct 13th, 2013 - 10:01 pm Report abuse
Maybe Madrid will be furious at the Council of Europes lack of respect towards Spanish Law Enforcement Agencies.

Maybe they'll bring legal action against them too...

8 aussie sunshine (#) Oct 13th, 2013 - 10:31 pm Report abuse
Another organisation that can´t find its arse with two hands.....who pays the wages of these wankers!!!
9 BritishAlways (#) Oct 14th, 2013 - 01:36 pm Report abuse
The Spaniards will take no notice as always!! Don’t know why they call spain a democracy when politicians elect judges and spread them between the political parties to keep each other happy. No separation of powers in spain. Politicians control everything, media, businesses – they have their ways of applying pressure. Worse than the franco days. Franco never pretended to be a democrat but his disciples do. Pathetic. Don’t know who they’re trying to kid. Only themselves. All structures of spain full of corruption and fraudsters are pardoned. Yuk.

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