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For immediate release: Tuesday 10 October 2017

SALMOND CALLS FOR COUNCIL OF EUROPE ACTION AGAINST SPANISH BREACHES ON THE CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Speaking on the Political Affairs and Democracy Committee of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, the Rt Hon. Alex Salmond called for action against the Spanish Government for a “clear and flagrant breach of article 10 of the European Convention on human rights.”

Speaking as a member of the British delegation to PACE Mr Salmond said:

"Of course, there should be dialogue and a constructive approach to discussions between Madrid and Barcelona and anything this Council can do to facilitate and indeed begin that dialogue then we should do. But it is not the job of this Council to be in favour of Spanish unity or indeed Catalan independence.

"I welcome the intervention of the Council's Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, in calling for a Spanish investigation into police violence. However, it should be the job of this Council to investigate breaches of our Convention and take the appropriate action.

“It is the purpose of this Assembly to uphold its founding principles and in that regard, the flagrant breach of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights on freedom of expression cannot be allowed to stand.

“The Spanish Government should be held to account by this Council for the state violence of their police last Sunday perpetrated against a peaceful population. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe must be prepared to uphold its founding statute without fear or favour.”

Mr Salmond was strongly supported both by Conservative peer Lord Blencathra and the United European Left representatives on the Committee.

ENDS

Further information from Tom Collins – alex@alexsalmond.scot