Prof. Dr. Alfred de Zayas: Four questions and four answers on Catalonia and Spain
Dec 18, 2017 — Prof. Dr. Alfred de Zayas, UN Special Rapporteur for the promotion of a democratic and just international order, is internationally recognized as one of the most renowned experts on human rights issues. On 9 November 2017, a political publication from Brussels asked him four questions on Catalonia and Spain, which he answered promptly:
1. DOES CATALONIA HAVE THE RIGHT TO SELF DETERMINATION?
2. MADRID, LEGALITY: What if the Spanish Constitution denies this right?
3. CATALANS: What should the Catalan government have done differently, and what should they do at this point?
4. THE EU: Why is the EU behaving the way it is?
His answers were not published. Instead, he received an e-mail stating that this was «not a good fit for us». Prof. Dr. Alfred de Zayas comments this on his web page as follows:
«ON TUESDAY I WAS CALLED BY A BRUSSELS POLITICAL PUBLICATION AND ASKED FOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION CONCERNING CATALONIA. I PROMPTLY DELIVERED MY ANSWERS AND WAITED. I JUST RECEIVED AN EMAIL TELLING ME IT WAS “NOT A GOOD FIT FOR US”. IS THIS A KIND OF SOFT-CENSORSHIP?»
He publishes in his blog his answers to the four questions that probably neither the European Commission nor the Spanish central government in Madrid should like:
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