Monday, January 12, 2004

Conseu Meeting Sets Out 'Rights' Road Map

I just ran into this information on the web, I wanted to share it with you:

A meeting in Nantes, Brittany, of the CONSEU (Conference of European Nations without State) on the 9th and 10th of January which brought together delegations from Catalonia, Sardinia, the Canary Islands, Galicia, the Basque country, Flanders, Brittany and the Celtic League has been scathing in its condemnation of disregard for Human Rights conventions by leading European States. Prime offenders identified were France and Spain for their brutal campaigns against the Basque and Breton peoples.

The problem of the political states passing legislation to exempt them from Human Rights conventions on¨"so called anti-terrorist" laws in the wake of September 11th 2001 was also expressly condemned.

There are currently 11 Bretons in Parisian jails, some who have been detained WITHOUT CHARGES for over four years. Their cases are due to come to court between the 1st and 26th of March and all are expected to be released without charges of any form being brought.

The CONSEU have also agreed to set up a monitoring network to gather and disseminate reliable information on the repression of minorities and nations without state in Europe.

The Celtic League will play a key role in helping to establish this network which will put the information on a public access web-site as well as lobbying political bodies and MEPs.

The Celtic League has been participating in the CONSEU since 1996.

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