Case No. 14/2016: AECID (SPANISH AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION and Spanish National Commission for UNESCO)
ACT ON Independence of the People of Catalonia
On September 04, 2017, an Act of international approval was made concerning the will of the people of Catalonia to form a Republic that is independent and free from the Spanish State, after a popular vote or referendum which mostly supported this decision was held.
However, the Spanish State has not only attempted to sabotage such democratic elections by means of arbitrary detention and violent repression against thousands of people, injuring hundreds of people and violating human rights in a systematic and widespread manner, but also the Spanish monarchy has decided to ignore the democratic results of the Catalonian People, so that it constitutes a violation of the right to self-determination of the peoples. By treating the People of Catalonia as a group of criminals and rebels who violate the Spanish Constitution, the Spanish State has disobeyed International Human Rights Law and, therefore, it is a fact that will not go unpunished before the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights, which supports the struggle for the political, economic, cultural and environmental rights of all the oppressed peoples and nations of the world.
Therefore, the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights asks the entire People of Catalonia to continue fighting peacefully for their collective human right to self-determination and sovereignty, making available to them the possibility of investigating the Spanish State for possible crimes against humanity not only against the People of Catalonia but also against dozens of Civilizations and Tribal Peoples of America.
Always with a spirit of reconciliation (maitri),
Master Maitreya Samyaksambuddha
President and Judge of the International Buddhist Ethics Committee & Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights