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Catalan Politicians

That the Parliament notes with concern the actions of the Spanish Government and Spanish Supreme Court in issuing European arrest warrants for a number of Catalan politicians for their role in holding an independence referendum across Catalonia in September 2017, and believes that the future direction of Catalonia is one that must be handled democratically, and that it is incumbent on the Spanish Government to negotiate with all Catalan politicians, particularly those under threat of arrest, who were elected by the Catalan people during the December 2017 election, which was called by the Spanish Government to ensure that the principles of democracy, human rights and civil liberties were upheld.

Supported by: David Torrance, Gordon MacDonald, James Dornan, Joan McAlpine, Fulton MacGregor, Emma Harper, Christina McKelvie, Mark Ruskell, Ben Macpherson, Graeme Dey, Clare Haughey, Ivan McKee, Ross Greer, Rona Mackay, Richard Lyle, Kenneth Gibson, Ruth Maguire, Alex Neil, Ash Denham, Gillian Martin, Angus MacDonald, Mairi Gougeon, Bill Kidd, Stewart Stevenson, Jenny Gilruth, John Mason, John Finnie, Tom Arthur, Christine Grahame


Catalonia Votes to Hold an Independence Referendum

That the Parliament congratulates the pro-independence referendum parties in Catalonia on winning 78 of the 135 seats in the Catalan parliamentary elections on 21 December 2017; considers that both Spain and the EU should respect this result and calls on Spain to enter into negotiations with the new Catalan government once it is formed, agreeing that Catalonia has a mandate to hold a binding independence referendum, and believes that it should show good faith by releasing all pro-independence political prisoners and declaring that all arrest warrants for pro-independence politicians are rescinded.

Supported by: Ben Macpherson, Angus MacDonald, Bill Kidd, John Mason, Fulton MacGregor, Clare Haughey, Richard Lyle, Alex Neil, Stuart McMillan, Bob Doris, Christina McKelvie, Ruth Maguire, Sandra White, Ivan McKee, Christine Grahame, Ash Denham, Graeme Dey, Rona Mackay, Gordon MacDonald, Richard Lochhead, David Torrance, Gillian Martin, Clare Adamson, Colin Beattie


Current Status: Fallen on 13/03/2018
Catalan Regional Elections 2017

That the Parliament notes the forthcoming Catalan regional elections to be held on 21 December 2017, called for by the Spanish Government following the Catalan Referendum on 1 October 2017; is concerned that international observers have reportedly been banned from the elections, particularly in light of what it considers were the undemocratic, intimidating and violent scenes that were witnessed by the international community during the Catalan Referendum, which it believes were sanctioned by the Spanish Government; understands that a rally will take place outside the Scottish Parliament in solidarity with the people of Catalonia on 21 December to coincide with the regional elections, and urges MSPs to show their support and stand up for and defend democracy, which it believes has been so blatantly disregarded by the Spanish Government in what it considers the suppression of the Catalan people and their elected representatives' right to self-determination.

Supported by: Ruth Maguire, Ivan McKee, James Dornan, John Finnie, Ash Denham, Emma Harper, Christina McKelvie, Christine Grahame, Colin Beattie, Clare Haughey, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Mairi Gougeon, Kenneth Gibson, Fulton MacGregor, Alex Neil, Gordon MacDonald, Gillian Martin, John Mason, Jenny Gilruth, Stuart McMillan, David Torrance, Ben Macpherson


Current Status: Fallen on 13/03/2018
Worsening Situation in Catalonia

That the Parliament observes with dismay what it considers to be the worsening situation in Catalonia; believes that, as well as jailing democratically-elected, peaceful political opponents, including eight Catalan Government ministers who were allegedly handcuffed and strip-searched by the Spanish police, there have been reports that eight teachers in the town of La Seu d’Urgell are being prosecuted for discussing the events of the referendum on 1 October 2017 with their classes, and that two people were arrested, handcuffed and spent the night in jail for criticising on Facebook the alleged police violence during the referendum; acknowledges reports of violence by far-right pro-Spain groups against ordinary people, including at an event on 6 November in the town of Mataró, at which a person was hospitalised by neo-nazis for refusing to say "Viva España"; understands that, despite this, there has not been a single arrest; notes reports that Spain appears to be making moves to make the pro-independence political party, CUP, illegal, amid concerns that this could be the first step to do the same to the other pro-independence parties in Catalonia in advance of the 21 December elections; understands that the Spanish authorities have taken steps to restrict funding to universities, NGOs and other organisations in Catalonia, completely unrelated to the October referendum; believes that the Spanish Government is now violating human rights and EU-core values to an alarming degree, and calls on all democrats, regardless of their view on independence for Catalonia, to call on both the Spanish Government to desist and for the EU to intervene.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Christina McKelvie, James Dornan, Willie Coffey, Fulton MacGregor, Mairi Gougeon, Ruth Maguire, Ash Denham, Richard Lyle, Sandra White, Emma Harper, Bill Kidd, Angus MacDonald, Clare Haughey, John Finnie, Joan McAlpine, John Mason, Rona Mackay, Alex Neil, David Torrance, Jenny Gilruth, Clare Adamson, Gillian Martin, Ben Macpherson


Current Status: Fallen on 24/01/2018
Catalonia

That the Parliament calls on the international community to recognise the vote of the Catalan Parliament for an Independent Republic of Catalonia; believes that the EU, Council of Europe and all other European institutions, as well as the wider international community, have a critical role in ensuring a peaceful, diplomatic and transparent transition of power from Spain to Catalonia, and calls for peace and dialogue between the Spanish and Catalan governments, upholding human rights, democracy and what it believes is the fundamental right to self-determination.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Gordon MacDonald, John Mason, James Dornan, Ivan McKee, Graeme Dey, Clare Haughey, Stuart McMillan, Richard Lyle, Christine Grahame, Angus MacDonald, Gillian Martin, Maree Todd, David Torrance, Sandra White, John Finnie, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, Ruth Maguire, Mairi Gougeon, Rona Mackay, Ben Macpherson, Gil Paterson R, Willie Coffey


Current Status: Fallen on 24/01/2018
Catalonia, Need for Dialogue, Negotiation And Accord

That the Parliament notes the Spanish Government’s announcement of holding a Cabinet meeting on 21 October 2017 to discuss the suspension of Catalonian autonomy following a letter from the President of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, to the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy; understands that the Catalan President has stated that his government has delayed any potential declaration of independence to allow for discussions between the Spanish and Catalan governments; notes there have been calls for dialogue from international, Spanish and Catalan figures and institutions; calls on the Spanish Government to work towards resolution of this situation in the spirit of democracy, by dialogue, negotiation and accord, and believes that the offer of a meeting by Carles Puigdemont should be accepted by the Prime Minister so that political options can be explored by the Spanish and Catalan governments to reflect the right of the people of Catalonia to decide their own constitutional future.

Supported by: Sandra White, Clare Haughey, Emma Harper, David Torrance, Stuart McMillan, Rona Mackay, Richard Lyle, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Angus MacDonald, Fulton MacGregor, Clare Adamson, John Mason, Bruce Crawford, Maree Todd, Ivan McKee, Christine Grahame, Gillian Martin, Willie Coffey


Current Status: Fallen on 24/01/2018
Calling for Dialogue between Spanish and Catalonian Governments

That the Parliament condemns in the strongest possible terms the actions of the Spanish state in jailing the President of Omnium Cultural, Jordi Cuixart, and the President of the Assemblea Nacional Catalana, Jordi Sánchez, on charges of sedition; understands that sedition was first proclaimed a crime in Spain under General Franco’s rule but that, even during that era, it was never used against a President of Omnium Cultural, an organisation that exists to promote the use of the Catalan language; considers these actions to be an attempt to criminalise the Catalan movement for self-determination, which it believes is unacceptable, regardless of views on Catalan independence; further considers that they constitute an unacceptable violation of freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of association, and calls on the Spanish Government to cease what it considers this repression against the people and the Government of Catalonia and to engage with the Catalan Government’s proposals for a period of dialogue that would put a stop to rising tension in Catalonia.

Supported by: Rona Mackay, Clare Haughey, James Dornan, Bill Kidd, Maree Todd, Sandra White, David Torrance, Joan McAlpine, Gail Ross, Colin Beattie, Stuart McMillan, Richard Lyle, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, John Mason, Bob Doris, Bruce Crawford, Kenneth Gibson, Gillian Martin, Willie Coffey


Current Status: Fallen on 24/01/2018
Catalonia

That the Parliament expresses its deep disappointment and concern at what it considers the failure of the EU to defend the fundamental civil rights of the people of Catalonia in respect of the violent attacks on pro-independence voters and residents by the Spanish authorities; condemns the reported comments of the European Commission's First Vice-president, Frans Timmermans, when he supported the actions of the Spanish police against Catalan citizens trying to exercise their democratic right to vote in the referendum, which it considers represented unwarranted brutality; expresses deep regret at what it sees as the EU’s lack of respect for the rights of national minorities, as expressed in Article 2 of the EU's founding treaty and Article 21 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights; believes that, while the commission has no specific powers, it and its member states have a general responsibility to ensure that the fundamental rights of groups such as the Catalans are protected in accordance with European and international law; calls on all EU member states to singularly and collectively use every available diplomatic and political tool to persuade the Spanish Government to adhere to the fundamental principles governing the EU and to pursue a negotiated settlement between itself and the Government of Catalonia, and believes that such a settlement must respects civil rights and the right to self-determination, as laid out in the charter of the UN.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, Kenneth Gibson, Ivan McKee, Ash Denham, Angus MacDonald, Bob Doris, Sandra White, John Mason, Christine Grahame, Gordon MacDonald, David Torrance, Rona Mackay, Bill Kidd, Jenny Gilruth, Ben Macpherson, Stuart McMillan, Fulton MacGregor, John Finnie, Gillian Martin, Clare Haughey, Bruce Crawford, Maree Todd, Willie Coffey


Current Status: Fallen on 24/01/2018
Amnesty International Denounces Excessive Use of Force by the National Police and Civil Guard in Catalonia

That the Parliament notes reports from Amnesty International that it has confirmed that members of the Spanish national police force’s intervention unit and civil guard officers used excessive and disproportionate force against demonstrators who were passively resisting in the streets and at the entrances to polling stations in Catalonia during the October 2017 referendum; welcomes Amnesty’s call for the Spanish authorities to urgently launch a thorough, immediate and impartial investigation into what it considers an excessive and disproportionate use of force by the police and civil guard; condemns the use of such violence, which it believes should never be tolerated in a democratic society, and calls on the European Commission to mediate between the Catalan and the Spanish governments to ensure that democracy, rather than violence, prevails.

Supported by: John Mason, Patrick Harvie, Graeme Dey, Ivan McKee, Emma Harper, Stewart Stevenson, Sandra White, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Alison Johnstone, Clare Haughey, Andy Wightman, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Maree Todd, Alex Rowley, Mark Ruskell, Neil Findlay, Fulton MacGregor, Ben Macpherson, Bruce Crawford


Current Status: Fallen on 24/01/2018
Statement from High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein

That the Parliament notes the comments by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein, regarding the situation in Catalonia; notes that he is "very disturbed" by the violence displayed in the region, particularly by the police forces there; believes that the behaviour displayed by the police was violent, abusive and disproportionally and unnecessarily aggressive; supports the High Commissioner's statement that "the current situation should be resolved through political dialogue, with full respect for democratic freedoms"; considers that the Spanish Government, in, it understands, condoning the reported violence on the Catalan people, has contravened the rights to peaceful assembly, the right of political expression and the fundamental right of self-determination; supports the general strike called in Catalonia as a response to the violence displayed, therefore upholding the fundamental right to withdraw one’s labour, and endorses the call for political dialogue between the Spanish and Catalan governments to ensure peace throughout the region, respecting the values of democracy and self-determination.

Supported by: John Mason, David Torrance, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Clare Adamson, Richard Lyle, Ben Macpherson, Richard Lochhead, Clare Haughey, Jenny Gilruth, Bill Kidd, James Dornan, Gail Ross, Gillian Martin, Fulton MacGregor, Bob Doris, Maree Todd, John Finnie, Ivan McKee


Current Status: Fallen on 29/11/2017
 
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