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 unwilling or unable to stand up for the values of justice and equality which were its foundational cornerstones.
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 right violations are starting to worry its citizens as they have experienced a regression in their freedoms and basic liberties. Though most of these violations of basic rights have occurred in issues related to the Catalan independence process, other groups have also suffered 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, to name but a few. These rights are being trampled on, as exemplified by the cases that we will report on our website, and discuss and publicise through lectures, debates, and events. Our aim is to document 50 cases of rights’ violations in a one-year period and 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 at the very heart of Europe.
As members of Catalan and Spanish civil society, and as concerned European citizens of various origins, we have set up the WEREPORT Network to which we want to invite political and social agents, the media and all concerned individuals who endorse and support democratic values worldwide to take action and stand up for individual and collective rights in Catalonia and in Spain.
- Fundació Congrés de Cultura Catalana
- Fundació Catalunya Fons
- Col·lectiu EMMA
- Col·lectiu Praga
- Human Rights Catalonia
- Juristes pels drets humans
- Sobirania i Justícia
- Prou Repressió Política – ACPRP
- Clam per la Llibertat
- Plataforma per la Llengua
- Col·lectiu ComuniCATs
- Acció Cultural del País Valencià
- Obra Cultural Balear
“WE TAKE ACTION, WE REPORT”