Spain: repressive laws that also concern Europe


"On 17 October, Members of Parliament from the People’s Party, party in government in Spain, have adopted the draft Organic Law on the Protection of Citizen’s Security and have rejected all the amendments presented by the various opposition parties...

The Organic Law on the Protection of Citizen’s Security provides for the introduction of 21 new offences and severe penalties for actions linked to social protest, and increases the discretionary power of the police to implement measures such as the identification of persons, body search, the possibility to enter in private homes and to record data, or the limitation of the freedom of movement. Moreover, the power of security forces would be strengthened as taking photographs of police actions during demonstrations would be sanctioned... The bill has been launched by the People’s Party with the obvious aim to fight mobilisation against policies of economic austerity and their consequences on rights."


See the full text: Spain: repressive laws that also concern Europe (pdf), French (pdf) and Spanish(pdf)

See also: European Parliament Press release: Debates on EU approach to migration and the expulsion of migrants from Spain (pdf): "MEPs discussed planned changes to Spanish law which would enable the country to expel clandestine migrants caught entering its North African enclaves Ceuta and Melilla without providing legal or procedural safeguards for them. Most speakers questioned whether these “hot returns” are consistent with EU law and values and asked whether the Commission is planning to take any action to address the practice."

 

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