defending rights and civil liberties

Since the commencement of the latest transition to democracy, up until today, the Spanish case has come to be known as an example of a "Model of Oblivion". This means it is a model based on the denial of any truth recovery, investigation, prosecution and reparation related to crimes committed during the Civil War, the Franco dictatorship and at the beginning of said transition.

In this regard, international consensus is clear and can be summarized in what are known as "principles of transitional justice". Its four pillars provide that in the case of crimes committed before a transitional process, the state must realize and guarantee the rights to truth, justice and reparation for the victims, as well as take all necessary measures to ensure similar cases never occur again.

Most recently, many international bodies have not only reminded Spanish authorities that they are falling short of their international obligations in this regard, but they have also acknowledged the reality of the Spanish "case” or “model"; especially in light of the fact that tens of thousands of disappeared persons’ fate and whereabouts remain unknown.


  • Lagunas en la protección de los derechos civiles y políticos en España
  • Balance de 2015: Los derechos humanos en España
  • Análisis del Anteproyecto de reforma del Código Penal (II). Los crímenes de derecho internacional, olvidados una vez más
  • Recomendaciones dirigidas al Congreso a propósito del Proyecto de Ley de reforma del Código Penal
  • Follow-up to the UN WGEID preliminary conclusions - visit to Spain
  • Follow-up to CED concluding observations - Spain 12 Dec 2013
  • Informe final al Consejo de Derechos Humanos del Grupo de Trabajo sobre las Desapariciones Forzadas o Involuntarias - Misión a España
  • Aportaciones al Comité contra la Tortura para la revisión del VI Informe Periódico de España
  • Informe sombra de RIS para el VI examen de España por el Comité de Derechos Humanos
  • Declaración conjunta ante el Consejo de DDHH de la ONU con ocasión de la aprobación del informe del II Examen Periódico Universal de España