The Social Forum denounces that the National Court continues to block the reintegration of ETA prisoners





The Permanent Social Forum considers it “urgent and necessary” that the actors with responsibility in this field “make it possible to untie this knot before it becomes a disturbing element of the consensus necessary for the application of a standardized policy to prisoners.”

The Permanent Social Forum has denounced that “The blockade” in the reintegration itineraries of ETA prisoners “continues in the National Court (AN), despite intense public and private diplomatic activity “.

In a statement, the Permanent Social Forum recalled that on July 13, it publicly presented the fourth issue of Behatokia ‘Observatory of penitentiary policy applied to people convicted of politically motivated crimes’, under the title ‘Pitfalls in the reintegration itineraries’.

“Since then, an implementation plan has been developed, developing numerous institutional, political, union and social interlocutions,” he explained.

In addition, it has reported that “A discharge of this work was presented to the affected parties in two meetings”.

On the one hand, to the relatives of Etxerat prisoners, in a meeting held on November 26 between Teresa Toda and Patricia Vélez, representing the Social Forum and Etxerat, respectively, and, on the other, to the prisoners themselves in the meeting held on December 3 in the Logroño prison between Ainhoa ​​Múgica Goñi and Juan Antonio Olarra Guridi, by the EPPK, and Agus Hernan, coordinator of the Permanent Social Forum.

Now the report has been forwarded to political, union and social representatives, as well as the Spanish ministers of the Interior and Justice, addresses of penitentiaries, the State Attorney General’s Office, judges and prosecutors of the National Court, the Spanish Ombudsman, Penitentiary Institutions and the EPPK.

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Likewise, it has been presented, in separate meetings, to the presidents of the Basque and Navarrese parliaments, in the Human Rights Commission of the Basque Parliament and in the Citizen Relations Commission of the Parliament of Navarra, as well as the Ararteks of both territories.

The Permanent Social Forum has regretted that “despite the intense public and private diplomatic activity deployed, it is verified that the blockade continues in the National Court (AN)”. “Recent decisions corroborate this worrying trend,” he pointed out.

On the other hand, he pointed out that “in Navarra and the Basque Autonomous Community the necessary consensus between political parties and unions in order to face the pitfalls that are appearing in the current phase of the change in prison policy already underway, the most notable at this time being the National High Court and the Prosecutor’s Office. “

In addition, it has considered “urgent and necessary that these tendencies be corrected as quickly as possible which, from a well-identified lobby, seek to obstruct the determined path of Basque society in the construction of democratic coexistence”.

“The establishment of such a worrying trend can lead us to a scenario in which permits proposed by the Prison Treatment Boards, and ratified by the competent body of the Basque Government, are annulled by the National Court, “he warned.

Finally, he has asked the actors with responsibility in this field to “make it possible to untie this knot before it becomes a disturbing element of the consensus necessary for the application of a standardized policy to prisoners.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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