The resolution was submitted by Catalonian European parliament member Jordi Sole i Ferrando from the party ERC. The FNP has pointed out that respected international organizations such as Human Rights Watch, the UN OHCHR and Amnesty International have criticized Spain for the violence and violation of basic human rights. Like the ERC, the FNP believes that all the Catalonian politicians who are imprisoned in Spain must be released in the short term. In the FNP's view, the 10 members of parliament were imprisoned for crimes that were thought up on political grounds. Furthermore, the Catalonians who fled to Brussels, Scotland and Switzerland must immediately have the opportunity to return to their homeland free without having to worry about their future.
Previously (27 March), the FNP also sent a letter to the Spanish ambassador in the Netherlands. The immediate reason for the letter was the escape of Marta Rovira, secretary general of the Catalonian ERC, to Switzerland. She feared that she would be faced with a prison sentence of more than thirty years. It cannot be the case that politicians who are elected by the inhabitants spend a long time in prison while a stable solution is not on the horizon. Spain must enter into the dialogue with Catalonia in order to resolve the political impasse. According to spokesperson Sybren Posthumus, ‘there must be talks and the repression must come to an end'.