19th August 2019

UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD)

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Focus: the ‘Catalan Trials’ still to come …

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The main Catalan Trial that was held at Spain’s Supreme Court in Madrid lasted from 12 February until 12 June – 52 days of court sessions
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UN working group calls for release of four more jailed Catalan politicians

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The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) has now called for the ‘immediate’ release of four more Catalan politicians, with some having already
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Lawyer seeks ‘motion of censure’ against Spain at UN Human Rights Council

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Ben Emmerson, the prominent international Human Rights lawyer representing jailed Catalan leaders Oriol Junqueras, Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart, has made a formal request to refer
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Supreme Court rejects release of jailed leaders

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The Spanish Supreme Court has ruled that the nine imprisoned Catalan leaders will have to remain in detention until the verdict is out. It has
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Catalan Trial: what happens next?

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The Catalan Trial lasted 52 sessions spanning four months, in which cross-examinations were heard from the 12 Catalan prosecuted leaders, 422 witnesses and various experts.
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Catalan Trial: Final Day 52 – defence summaries and defendants’ statements

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After 52 days of court sessions over 4 months (since 12 February) and 422 witness statements, the Catalan Trial has now concluded until verdicts are announced –
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Quim Torra requests ‘urgent meeting’ with Pedro Sánchez

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Catalan President Quim Torra has requested an ‘urgent meeting’ with acting Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez to discuss developments in the closing stages of the Catalan Trial,
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Catalan Trial: Day 50 – prosecution summaries

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Spain’s Public Prosecutor called the 2017 Catalan independence push “a coup d’état” during the closing arguments on Tuesday – at the Supreme Court trial of
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Lawyer Ben Emmerson: ‘Spain is acting like a rogue State’

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The lawyer for the Catalan pro-independence leaders taking their case to the United Nations, Ben Emmerson, has refuted the Spanish government’s accusations of a ‘conflict
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Spain asks UN to disqualify 2 members of panel

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The Spanish government is to formally ask the United Nations to disqualify two of the five members of the UN panel responsible for writing a