Intermon Oxfam: “In front of a peaceful mobilization on the side of Catalan citizenship, the explicit use of violence during the day is rejectable and implies a severe infringement of fundamental rights.”
Liberties: “Available video footage suggests that abuses of power and excessive use of police force against peaceful protesters may have been widespread”
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: “Police responses must at all times be proportionate and necessary”
Amnesty international: “Excessive use of force by National Police and Civil Guard in Catalonia”
Nils Muižnieks, Commissioner for Human Rights of Council of Europe: “The Spanish authorities should ensure that swift, independent and effective investigations are carried out”
World Organization Against Torture: “OMCT condemns the use of force used which did not adhere to the principles of proportionality and necessity and recalls that this may be constitutive of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment”
ELEN calls on the Spanish State to comply with its obligations established in the constituent Treaties of the European Union that requires respect for the linguistic rights of Catalan speakers, the electoral results, and democracy.
Alfred de Zayas, UN independent expert urges Spanish Government to reverse decision on Catalan autonomy
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: “I remind the authorities that pre-trial detention should be considered a measure of last resort. I encourage resolution of this situation through political dialogue.
PEN International calls on Spanish authorities to drop the charges of sedition and rebellion against them and to put an immediate end to their pre-trial detention.
David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression: “I am concerned that charges of rebellion for acts that do not involve violence or incitement to violence may interfere with rights of public protest”
Fotis Filippou, Amnesty International Europe Deputy Director: “Their continued detention constitutes a disproportionate restriction on their rights to free speech and peaceful assembly”
Amnesty International: “Amnesty International calls on Spanish authorities to drop the charges of sedition and to put an immediate end to their pre-trial detention.”
International Association of Democratic Lawyers calls for release of Catalan political prisoners