5-11 June 2012
Presentation of EH BILDU.
Election rigging.
Amnesty International evaluates the political situation.

Presentation of EH BILDU

The Abertzale Left, Alternatiba, Eusko Alkartasuna and Aralar have taken a step in working together on the accumulation of sovereigntist and leftist forces and have presented a coalition to face the next elections.

Euskal Herria Bildu presents itself as a coalition ready to struggle for the recognition of all the rights of the Basque Country and for their free determination. They underscore the necessity of a superior model to the current system, of democratizing the institutions, of giving voice to the citizens. They advocate for overcoming the illegalizations and of all the violations of rights.

The commitment of these forces goes beyond the ballot box, since it is based on strategic agreements signed until now and that still have a long way to go in their development. EH BILDU commits to transforming the system, with sovereign proposals from the left. Their objective is to group together majorities in favour of peace, justice, freedom and the defence of all rights for everyone.

In the presentation of the coalition they enumerated 6 commitments the four sensibilities who have signed this agreement have adopted:

  • A commitment to peace and to a solution.
  • A commitment to social justice.
  • A commitment to direct and participative democracy.
  • A commitment to women and youth.
  • A commitment to the Basque language, Euskara.
  • A commitment against racism and xenophobia.

In the act of presentation which took place in Donostia, many officials and elected representatives of Bildu and Amaiur were present.

Election rigging

The Popular Party is trying to alter the electoral census for the next elections in the Basque Country. The Spanish Home Office Secretary is attempting through an incredible manoeuvre to manipulate the census in the Basque Country and add thousands of people who once lived here.

Last week a proposal was made known which defended the address by the Home Office to a group of alleged experts in Law. The mission of these would be to find the best way to fit into the regulations what already seems to be a decision taken by the Spanish government.

According to what was covered in the address to invoke the possibility of voting in the Basque Country it won’t even be necessary to prove that those who left did so because of threats from ETA or any other related reason.

The alteration of the electoral census in the Basque Country that this measure supposes would be immense and would have a determining influence on the results.

The position of the Abertzale Left is clear in this. We consider that everyone who because of the conflict has had to abandon the Basque Country must have the option and right to return to their place of origin.

Therefore, the Abertzale Left considers that all those who due to the armed activity of ETA or due to the repression of the French and Spanish states must be able to be the owners of all of their rights.

However, the approach that the Popular Party is making doesn’t come from a base of contributing to the process of solutions in our country, but with the vocation of manipulating the socio-political reality of the Basque Country. Until now they have used policies of illegalization for that effect. With that overcome, they are trying to perpetuate the ballot rigging by manipulating the electoral census.

Amnesty International evaluates the political situation

A delegation from Amnesty International (AI) has been in the Basque Country and has evaluated the situation opened since the definitive cessation of armed activity by ETA.

Amnesty International gives importance to the respect for human rights in this new time and considers that “human rights must be the roadmap for the present and for the future of the Basque Country. Their protection must be guaranteed unconditionally.” It is because of that that they are worried about certain attitudes of the Basque Autonomous Government.

Nicola Duckworth, the director general of investigation for Amnesty International, led the delegation from Amnesty International which also met with political and institutional agents. They demanded that the Autonomous government investigate allegations of torture instead of taking legal action against those who denounce it. They also asked that victims of torture not be forgotten in institutional initiatives.

From Amnesty International they believe that “the new context is a great opportunity for improving the compliance with human rights.”