Spain: New Parliamentary Assembly President Pedro Agramunt sets out priorities

The fight against international terrorism, Europe’s refugee crisis, ‘frozen conflicts’ and the chalenge of populism have been targetted by the new assembly president.

Spain: Regional and minority language-users face “significant problems”

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers has now issued six recommendations to the Spanish authorities on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

Spain: Court rejects police trade union protest at strike ban

The court declared that the more stringent requirements imposed on “law-enforcement agents,” on account of the fact that they were armed and of the need for them to provide an uninterrupted service, justified the ban on strike action in so far as public safety and the prevention of disorder were at stake.

Anti-torture unit reports on Spain’s treatment of irregular migrants

The CPT report examines the treatment of irregular migrants intercepted in Melilla and assesses Spain’s compliance with previous anti-torture recommendations.

Nils Muižnieks: Spain should reconsider migrant law change

The Commissioner for Human Rights said “the adoption by the Senate of the amendment to Spain’s Aliens Act falls short of providing clear guarantees against refoulement and collective expulsions, and of establishing adequate safeguards for the right of every person to seek and enjoy asylum, irrespective of the way they reach Spanish territory.”