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Parliamentary questions
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16 April 2015
Question for written answer E-006056-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Martina Anderson (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Basic Law for the Protection of Public Security adopted by Spain
 Answer in writing 

Despite fierce opposition from civil society, all opposition parties, Spanish public opinion, as well as condemnation from the United Nations and the Council of Europe, Spain adopted on Thursday 26 March the Basic Law for the Protection of Public Security, considered by many as a black day for democracy.

The Euro-Mediterranean Network for Human Rights (EMHRN), the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights), the European Association for the Defence of Human Rights (AEDH) and their member organisations strongly condemn the law, aptly dubbed the ‘gag law’, and reiterate their serious concerns over the growing restrictions on the right to freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly in Spain.

Is the Commission aware of the adoption of the Basic Law for the Protection of Public Security by the Spanish Parliament?

Does the Commission feel the Basic Law for the Protection of Public Security respects, and is consistent with, the spirit of the EU Treaties?

What if any action can the Commission take in relation to the adoption of this regressive law?

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