Special Rapporteur on minority issues releases statement on his visit to Spain

2019-01-28
Special Rapporteur on minority issues releases statement on his visit to Spain

Following his official visit to Spain, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues releases a statement on the situation regarding minorities in the country.

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United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Fernand de Varennes, conducted an official visit to Spain from 14-25 January, 2019. The visit was devoted to assessing the situation with respect to minorities in the country, visiting key stakeholders and representatives of minority groups, and making recommendations informed by his visit. At the conclusion of his visit, on Friday 25 January 2019, the Special Rapporteur shared his preliminary findings and recommendations in a statement made at a news conference at the UNWTO, in Madrid.

The statement summarizes his visit to Spain and observations and discusses positive steps and developments made in the country regarding the human rights of minorities. De Varennes identified important cross-cutting themes, include disaggregated data, law enforcement and judicial authorities, the human rights framework, and racism, xenophobia, and hate speech. He also focused his statement on specific minority issues, such as the situation of Roma, minorities, language, and participation, as well as on the deaf community and the use of sign language.

The entire text of his statement is available here on the website of the Special Rapporteur.

A press release about his official visit to Spain is also available here.