Police State Repression in Catalonia


Catalonia is an autonomous community in Spain’s northeast, bordering France and the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona its capital and largest city.

In November 2015, Catalan lawmakers approved a secession plan from Spain by 2017. October 1 is the moment of truth, Catalans to vote by referendum on whether to remain part of Spain or secede, establishing an independent state.

Self-determination is a universal right. It’s a core principle of international law, enshrined in various treaties, affirmed in the UN Charter and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

The following characteristics are necessary to qualify a nation-state status:

• a determinable territory, fixed or otherwise;
• a fixed population;
• a functioning government; and
• the capacity to engage in relations with other states.

Approval by the Security Council and General Assembly requires the following conditions. The aspirant must be a state, peace-loving, willing to accept the UN Charter’s obligations, be able to


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