The Catalan ombudsman, Rafael Ribó, says all pro-independence leaders imprisoned in Madrid should be “immediately” released while awaiting “a trial with all guarantees and a final verdict.” There are currently nine people in pre-trial jail facing criminal charges for their role in the independence bid.
In his lastest report, The violation of fundamental rights and public freedoms as a result of the judicial reaction following October 1 and direct rule (May 2018), Ribó asks for:
- a “constructive dialogue”
- a solution beyond institutional politics, which includes “civil societies in Catalonia and the rest of the State” as well as figures from all across the political spectrum.
- the strenghtening of democratic guarantees that ensure the exercise of fundamental rights and freedoms
- the restoration of the self-government of Catalonia