He sees the deal in Democratic memory closely and insists there is no need to repeal the amnesty law
MADRID, June 25 (EUROPA PRESS) –
Secretary of State for the 2030 Agenda and United We Can Deputy Speaker in Congress Enrique Santiago has warned that he is “beginning to worry” about the mounting delays and processing of the Citizen Security Act reform, known as his Critics like the “gag law” faced the problems of reaching an agreement between the progressive forces and has urged them all to “make an effort” to be able to approve it.
It was October 2020 when the plenary session of Congress agreed to edit a bill by the PNV to repeal the most contradictory aspects of the Citizen Security Law reform promoted in 2015 by an absolute majority of the PP.
After that, the standard went through a more than year-long process of lethargy due to the continuous extensions of deadlines for the submission of partial amendments until it was unblocked in October last year and each group registered its own.
MORE THAN ONE HALF BLOCKADE
The two groups that support the government have tabled a package of amendments and have been holding various meetings with their parliamentary allies since late 2021 to try and seal deals that will allow the long-awaited reform to be brought to light, but it hasn’t The pact has not yet arrived and therefore the presentation phase has not yet started, in which discussions will also take place with PP, Vox and Ciudadanos.
“Efforts must be made (by the groups that make up the Investiture Block) to give us time to rescind the content that most contravenes the public liberties and fundamental rights of current law, which are essentially part of those put in place by the Contents are previous PP government,” he stressed in statements for the RNE program “Parliament” collected by Europa Press.
In contrast, Santiago was more optimistic about the Democratic Memory Law. Just this week, Congress has reactivated its editing with the drafting of the paper that must debate the partial changes that the political groups already registered last November.
Since then the law has been in a drawer, but the PSOE and United We Can have started to tie support and reactivated it, being able to pass it in plenary even in July.
In this context, Santiago is convinced that he will find broad support from the progressive bloc in Congress and warns that we cannot “wait any longer” to hear the demands of the groups of victims of Francoism and “so many people who… have not found any redress for the very serious violations of rights during the dictatorship”.
In fact, he stressed that Spain “has run out of time” to catch up with the rest of European countries in terms of guaranteeing “justice, truth and no reparations”.
THE AMNESTY ACT IS NOT A PROBLEM FOR CRIME JUDGMENTS
On the other hand, Santiago has assured that there is no need to repeal the amnesty law, which the ERC is calling for reform, since, from his point of view, it constitutes “no obstacle” to prosecuting the crimes of the Franco regime. since crimes against human rights are not amnestiable, human rights or crimes against humanity as defined in international law”.
In this sense, the secretary-general of the PCE, who is also general, recalled that the PSOE and the confederal group had already agreed on an amendment to “recall” that this criterion takes precedence in the case of the amnesty law, thus avoiding interpretations that are not fit into this framework.
“Honestly, the only obstacle to judging the crimes of the Franco regime now and before that is that there are still people alive who can be criminally held accountable,” he launched.
He concluded by indicating that he did not envisage the ERC not being in the “historic step” that the Democratic Memory Act will entail, as no political force will achieve all of its aspirations if legislative consensus is reached .
In any case, he specified that in the presentation, which is due to meet in Congress this Tuesday, the pro-government factions will also make “great efforts” to adapt amendments from all the factions.