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Legal redress law for the victims of Francoism

Legal redress law for the victims of Francoism

Thursday 29th June 2017 is a date that will go down in Catalan history. The Parliament of Catalonia has passed a law providing legal redress for people who suffered victimisation under Francoism.


Thursday 29th June 2017 is a date that will go down in Catalan history. The Parliament of Catalonia has passed a law providing legal redress for people who suffered victimisation under Francoism. As a consequence of this new law, all sentences and decisions resulting from law courts and summary councils of war issued for political reasons by the Franco regime in Catalonia will be hereby annulled. All families affected by war crimes tribunals between April 1938 and December 1978 may now apply for and obtain a certificate of annulment for their corresponding case and sentence.

The National Archive of Catalonia will be authorised to produce and publish a register of all the people affected by political trials during the time of Francoism; this register will specify the case number, the name of the individual person or legal entity prosecuted and the sentence imposed, in accordance with Section 1 of the First Additional Provision. Furthermore, the text states that this list must be published on the same day as the law comes into force, which will be the day after it is published in the Catalan government bulletin, the Diari Oficial de la Generalitat de Catalunya (DOGC).

For many years, families and individuals affected by Francoist repression (totalling 63,961 people in Catalonia alone) have been calling for a review of these cases, and their annulment. This is a pioneering initiative in Spain, and one that has been interpreted as a historic precedent for legally reassessing the period of Franco’s dictatorship.