GENEVA – The girlfriend and wife of two Catalan politicians who remain in pre-trial detention traveled on Monday to the United Nations’ Geneva headquarters to denounce Spain’s alleged violation of the separation of powers.
Txell Bonet, girlfriend of Jordi Cuixart, and Laura Masvidal, Joaquim Forn’s wife, spoke to press ahead of a speech at the UN Human Rights Council on the backward steps they believed the Spanish state was taking in the field of human rights.
“We are here to denounce interferences in the separation of powers, such as the violation of fundamental rights of prisoners,” said Bonet.
“Pre-trial detention has been justified for ideological reasons,” said Masvidal.
Cuixart and Forn were arrested and placed under pre-trial detention as they faced charges of rebellion and sedition for their alleged participation in the Catalonia region’s separatist referendum and subsequent declaration of independence that was deemed illegal by the Spanish judiciary.
Other politicians supposedly involved, including ousted regional president Carles Puigdemont, fled Spain to avoid facing similar charges and imprisonment.
Bonet and Masvidal were backed by retired Supreme Court judge Jose Antonio Martin Pallin, who insisted that the constitutional court was exceeding its powers and denounced the criminalization of a vote in parliament.
The Spanish state has argued that the Catalan parliament’s declaration of independence was illegal as it violated the country’s constitution, while supporters of the region’s independence said a democratic vote could not break the law.