The Venice Commission is certainly in favor of amnesty, with some nuances

After the amnesty law was passed on Thursday in Congress Venice Commission It gave the green light to its final report and approved the text as a legitimate tool in the process of political and social “reconciliation.” It also acknowledges the existence of other amnesty laws in various European countries.

However, the body makes a series of considerations. First, ask Limit the scope of application Temporal and material nature of the amnesty law. He feels it covers too broad a period and provides too ambiguous coverage.

In this sense, the Venice Commission report makes this clear “Amnesty is an impersonal procedure.” “The criteria for its application should not be designed to cover specific people,” he insists.

It also does not agree that it was addressed through an emergency procedure and that it was approved by an absolute and unqualified majority, especially by the entire department that generated the problem.

Regarding terrorism, remember that this crime cannot be pardoned if there are serious human rights violations, a point that has already been included in the current law after amendments to it. Specifically, the Venice Commission report says:

“Ensure that the guiding principle, in interpreting exceptions, is that pardons are consistent with international standards only if serious human rights violations are excluded from their scope.”

In the same vein, the Commission also recommends greater safeguards so that only embezzlement offenses with a “closer informal connection” to the 9-N consultations and the 1-O referendum are pardoned.

Final content of the report The committee will know as of next Monday.

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The Venice Commission is an advisory body of the Council of Europe, formed by A group of experts in international lawWho was asked by the Popular Party to study whether the amnesty law was compatible with legitimacy and the separation of powers. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe also requested this opinion.

At the beginning of February, the committee traveled to Spanish state To conduct interviews with representatives, senators, and members of the Spanish government and judiciary to analyze the formulation and application of the amnesty law.

PSOE and PP offer different interpretations of the report

The President of the Senate, Pedro Roland, was the one who requested the report from the Venice Commission and today he attended the meeting of legal experts of the Council of Europe. On his way out, he said that the report included all his amendments and that Presidential Minister Felix Bolaños “will not be very happy today.”

From the Socialist Workers' Party, Bolaños responded that the Venice Commission's report fully supported the amnesty law and asked the People's Party to join the consensus demanded by the same commission.

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