Documentary Brings To The UN The Struggle Of The Victims Of Franco In Spain

The documentary “The silence of others”, winner of a Goya in 2019, brought to the United Nations on Wednesday the struggle of the victims of Franco in Spain to achieve justice for the crimes of the dictatorship (1939-1975), with a clear message Against impunity The film was screened at the UN headquarters in New York with the support of the missions of Spain, Belgium and Austria and with the presence of their co-directors, Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar. “This movie is not simply a movie. This movie is very relevant for the victims, very relevant for the country, Spain, and very relevant for the whole world,” said UN special rapporteur Fabián Salvioli in a subsequent colloquium. The Argentine jurist – independent United Nations expert on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-repetition – stressed that “there is no better argument” than this documentary to claim justice for the crimes of Franco. In this regard, Salvioli defended that the 1977 Amnesty Law “is not valid”, as the UN Human Rights Committee concluded in 2015, and should be repealed. Even without this repeal, he insisted, the Spanish Justice should apply international standards and investigate “crimes against humanity” committed during the Civil War and the dictatorship, which cannot be subject to amnesty or prescribed. At the same time, the rapporteur demanded that the Historical Memory Law be fully applied and hoped that the new Government would be “serious” in that area. In the screening in New York was also the activist of historical memory Paqui Maqueda, one of the protagonists of the film, who explained the repression suffered by her family and how knowing the whole story about fifteen years ago pushed her to join the movement For justice. Jacinto Lara, lawyer of the State Coordinator of Support to the Argentine Complaint against Crimes of Francoism (Ceaqua) denounced for his part that in Spain there is still a “State policy” to maintain a “situation of impunity” with the crimes of Francoism in The three powers participate. “The silence of others”, which received dozens of awards at festivals, including the Audience Award and the Cinema for Peace Prize at the Berlinale, picks up the voices of the victims and relatives of the repression of the Franco dictatorship and narrates real testimonies of reprisals. The film accompanies the promoters of the so-called “Argentine complaint”, the first attempt to prosecute those responsible for the crimes of Franco, under the principle of universal justice for crimes against humanity. Carracedo recalled on Wednesday the origins of the documentary, dating back to 2010, and said that, in part, with the film he sought to compensate a “debt” with the generations that suffered and fought the dictatorship and show the world what had happened in Spain .