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Prof. Dr. Alfred de Zayas: Four questions and four answers on Catalonia and Spain

Prof. Dr. Axel Schönberger
Germany

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:

https://dezayasalfred.wordpress.com/2017/11/11/4-questions-on-catalonia/


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