Sign to put an end to the repression, for an amnesty for those prosecuted and for the right of the Catalans to decide their political future

A majority of the people in Catalonia have repeatedly expressed their will to democratically exercise their right to decide their political future. As the precedents in Quebec and Scotland show, the best way to resolve political conflicts of this nature is to use the most basic tool democracy has to offer: voting.

However, the use of the judicial system to resolve a political crisis has only brought growing repression and no solution. On 14 October 2019, Spain’s Supreme Court convicted two civil society activists and seven political officials with prison sentences of between nine and 13 years, for a total of 100 years, which only further entrenches the conflict. The UN’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) called for the immediate release of these prisoners and for all charges to be dropped last year, defending the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression. The world’s leading human rights organisations have criticised the legal decisions and the many human rights violations that have taken place.

It is time for dialogue with a responsible approach from all sides. Therefore, the undersigned urge the Spanish government and its Catalan counterparts to enter into unconditional dialogue in order to find a political solution enabling the citizens of Catalonia to decide their political future. For dialogue to succeed, political repression must end, and there should be an amnesty for those prosecuted.

SIGNATORIES TO THE MANIFESTO

50 personalities from around the world call for dialogue between Catalonia and Spain to end the repression and advance towards a political solution that gives a voice to the citizens of Catalonia

Jody Williams

Jody Williams
American human rights activist, Nobel Peace Prize winner

Mairead Corrigan

Mairead Corrigan
Northern Irish peace activist, Nobel Peace Prize winner

Shirin Ebadi

Shirin Ebadi
Iranian lawyer, Nobel Peace Prize winner

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel
Argentinian pacifist, Nobel Peace Prize winner

Dilma Rousseff

Dilma Rousseff
President of Brazil (2011-2016)

Yoko Ono Lenon

Yoko Ono Lenon
Japanese artist, singer and peace activist

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