ECHR rules against pro-Catalan independence claims about Spain’s handling of secession push

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The ECHR ruled in favour of Spain’s Constitutional Court. CREDIT: Shutterstock


THE European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled against pro-Catalan independence figures after they lodged a case against Spain for its handling of the region’s independence push in 2017.

The court ruled Spain’s Constitutional Court had acted properly when it suspended the Catalan Parliament on October 9 2017 after former President Carles Puigdemont’s administration declared independence from Spain. Puigdemont was among those who lodged the case against the Constitutional Court.

The court ruled against him, former president of the Catalan Parliament Carme Forcadell 74 other pro-independence political figures.

The suspension was necessary in the circumstances for public safety reasons and to defend law and order, the court ruled.

Spain’s Constitutional Court’s decision to suspend Cataluña’s Parliament came as pro-secession politicians in the region were preparing to hold a special session to formally declare independence.

The ECHR ruled the Constitutional Court’s decision was also valid because pro-Catalan independence politicians had ignored a previous ruling from Madrid declaring the 2017 referendum illegal.

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