DENOUNCING HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN CATALONIA
WEREPORT PROJECT MISSION STATEMENT
WEREPORT is a network of collaborating organizations and individuals which aims to inform the world of violations of civil and human rights in Spain, particularly in relation to Catalonia.
WEREPORT aims to promote volunteer work for civil and human rights all over the world, in support of democracy in Catalonia and in Spain. Europe is a continent of contradictions, which seems of late either unwilling or unable to stand up for the values of justice and equality: the cornerstones of its foundation.
In the case of Spain – which was supposed to be an exemplary western liberal democracy after the end of Franco’s dictatorship (1939-1975) – recent civil and political rights violations are starting to worry its citizens, having experienced a regression in their basic freedoms and liberties. Though most of these violations of basic rights have occurred in issues related to the Catalan independence process, other groups have also been subject to such violations.
This situation manifests itself in a lack of separation of powers, democratic and political fraud, and the violation of civil and political rights such as: the right to political representation; the right to political participation; the right to freedom of speech and free assembly; even the right to one’s own physical integrity; as well as the collective right of the Catalan people to self-determination. These rights are being trampled upon, as exemplified by the cases that we will report on our website and also discuss and publicise through lectures, debates, and events. Our aim is to document 40 cases of rights’ violations in a one-year period and to disseminate these via local events.
The WEREPORT Network is taking action by letting the world know about this abnormal situation, now part of the daily routine for millions of citizens in 21st century Europe. Racism and civil rights’ violations have no place in a civilized Europe. WEREPORT is a result of civil society’s capacity to organise itself in the face of the violation of civil and human rights and the flouting of democratic values and good practice. Individuals from diverse backgrounds and political viewpoints, as well as associations and collectives of various kinds, form the WEREPORT Project’s Network of collaborating organizations.
WEREPORT aims to offer the world objective accounts of some of the events that certain foreign affairs officials and partisan media have either tried to disguise as “fake news” or pass off as simple cases of “impartial” law enforcement exercised “proportionately” and “according to the rule of law”. We, the organisations and individuals of the WEREPORT Network, all share a common endeavour: to respond to multiple requests from around the world for objective information about the ongoing cases of civil and human rights violations in Catalonia and to spread awareness of this democratic crisis to the very heart of Europe.
We also want to invite political and social agents, the media and all concerned individuals who endorse and support democratic values worldwide to join us in taking action and standing up for individual and collective rights in Catalonia and in Spain.
“WE TAKE ACTION, WE REPORT”