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The International Commission of Jurists has condemned the sentences:
The conviction today of Catalan separatist leaders of broadly defined offences of sedition unduly restricts rights of freedom of expression, assembly and association, the ICJ said today.

"These convictions represent a serious interference with the exercise of freedom of expression, association and assembly of the leaders. The resort to the law of sedition to restrict the exercise of these rights is unnecessary, disproportionate and ultimately unjustifiable" said Massimo Frigo, ICJ Europe and Central Asia Senior Legal Adviser.

The ICJ also stressed that the overly broad definition of the crime of sedition applied in this case creates a high risk of arbitrariness.

"We are concerned that the Supreme Court does not comply with Spain's obligations under international human rights law in the consideration of the charges against these defendants and this seriously undermines these convictions," he added.

by IdiotSavant on Mon Oct 14th, 2019 at 09:56:12 PM EST

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