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The Garzón case & International Law

April 16, 2010
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Deirdre Montgomery at the International Criminal Law Bureau writes:

The crux of the case is whether the amnesty law can be limited or superseded by crimes against humanity. It will be interesting to see how much weight international case law (notably the Special Court of Sierra Leone decision to...
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Garzón testifies before the Spanish Supreme Court

April 16, 2010
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The AP reports:

Spain's most prominent judge, already charged with abuse of power in a potentially career-ending indictment, denied any wrongdoing as he testified Thursday as a suspect in a separate bribery investigation that has compounded his legal woes.

More here. See also the London Times.
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The BBC on Garzón

April 15, 2010
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A television segment from today and a radio clip from a week ago.
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The Garzón case: Protests in Spain & International Media

April 14, 2010
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The Garzón case: Protests in Spain & International Media

El País has a useful overview of international editorials on the Garzón case. Reuters covers the union protest in Spain. Read more »

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Argentina tries probing crimes of Franco’s Spain

April 14, 2010
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From the AP:

Argentine human rights groups are turning the tables on Spain, hoping to open a judicial probe of murders and disappearances committed during the Spanish Civil War and the early years of Gen. Francisco Franco's dictatorship.

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Abe Osheroff film screening in Minneapolis

April 13, 2010
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Abe Osheroff film screening in Minneapolis

Screening on April 23:

In this riveting and inspiring new film, Osheroff reflects on the meaning of his activism, exploring the ideas that animated his actions and sharing wisdom built up over a lifetime of commitment to the "radical humanism" that defined his politics and philosophy. Presenting the film on...
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The Guardian on Garzón

April 13, 2010
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Reed Brody today in The Guardian:

Thirty-five years after the death of General Francisco Franco, Spain is finally prosecuting someone in connection with the crimes of his dictatorship, and of the Spanish civil war which came...
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Week of mass events in support of Garzón

April 13, 2010
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Week of mass events in support of Garzón

Yesterday the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory, together with other organizations such as the left Spanish labor unions, kicked off what is going to be a week of mass international protests against the persecution of Judge Baltasar Garzón for his attempt to investigate possible crimes against humanity committed during the...
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Complaint against Supreme Court justice trying Garzón

April 12, 2010
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El País reports: The organizations for the recovery of historical memory on whose behalf Judge Baltasar Garzón initiated an investigation of Francoist crimes--an case that resulted in Garzón's being accused of overstepping his judicial boundaries, and facing a possible 20-year suspension--are now charging the Supreme Court Justice in question with overstepping his judicial...
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On Civil War and Symbols

April 12, 2010
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An interesting post at DailyKos linking Spain's memory of the Civil War with the situation in the United States:

After the transition to democracy, there was a Pact of Forgetting that was felt to be the only way to move forward. It allowed past Nationalists to participate in the nascent...
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