Spain: Out of the shadows - Time to end incommunicado detention

September 15, 2009

Spain: Out of the shadows - Time to end incommunicado detention


Amnesty International Publications

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In Spain, people held in incommunicado detention may be deprived of effective access to a lawyer as well as access to a doctor of their own choice, and are unable to inform their family and friends of their detention. Under Spanish law, incommunicado detention can be imposed before or after the detainee is brought before a judicial authority. Incommunicado detention legislation has been maintained and amplified by successive Spanish governments, despite the calls for over a decade by various UN bodies, the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT)1, and human rights organisations, to take measures to remove legislation on incommunicado detention from national law. It is one of the most severe detention regimes in any European Union country.