BPP has decided to translate this letter by Gotzon Iparragirre, brother of seriously ill prisoner Ibon Iparraguirre to Spanish Judge Castro, to provide an insight into the reality of ill-prisoners’ relatives:
The Lehendakari (Basque Autonomous Community President) Juan Jose Ibarretxe (Lehendakari from 1999 to 2009) has protagonized a new event for Sare, the network for the rights of the prisoners. The act took place in Hondarribia, in the act he formulated a proposal for the resolution of the conflict that included the consequences as well as the causes. To advance towards disarmament he sees as necessary support for the verifiers.
The Ecuadoran Encounter for Peace in the Basque Country was held, January 27th 2015, in the Benjamin Carrion Hall of the Casa de Cultura of Quito. The event was organised by SERPAJ (Ecuador), Colombians for Peace (Colombia), Lokarri (the Basque Country) and the International Contact Group.
The objective of the act was to gather the support Ecuadoran political representatives and civil society for the efforts of Basque society to promote and consolidate the peace process. With this motive, during the course of the event a manifesto of support was read and the list of endorsers was released. Among them an ample plurality of representatives of different Ecuadoran parties, human rights associations, etc., who explicitly support the peace process as well as the Declaration of Aiete.
Intervening in the act will be, among others, Rosa Mireya Cardenas, President of the AVC, Paul Rios, coordinator of Lokarri, and Alberto Spektorowski, member of the International Contact Group.
The act gave continuation to previous encounters of support for the Basque peace process celebrated on the American continent. Specifically, thoset which took place in December 2014 in Argentina, June 2013 in Uruguay and in the Continental Conference which took place in Mexico in October of 2013.
Colombians for Peace. An organization that works to help in establishing a scenario of peace in Colombia. It is an initiative of men and women who are seriously and decidedly committed to the search for paths for understanding in plurality and for conditions of dialogue.
Lokarri. A citizens’ network for peace, agreement, consultation and reconciliation in the Basque Country.
SERPAJ (Ecuador). An organization committed with society, capable of responding to situations of injustice and violence – in different spheres – through the construction of a culture of peace from Non-Violence and Conscientious Objection.
The International Contact Group for the Basque Country. Composed of international experts in questions related to peace processes, the transformation of conflicts, transitional justice or post conflict normalization.