When the Spanish Congress refused to authorize a commission of inquiry on GALs, several people encouraged the creation of an independent platform, including Pili Zabala. The object is, as far as possible, to try to compensate for the breach of the State’s obligation to investigate.
Today we are more than a hundred people who make up the B-Egiaz platform, and many acquaintances who have signed the #pidosaberlaverdadsobrelosgal march have expressed their willingness to contribute to this project. Now we are more, and stronger.
However, the idea of scientifically documenting and investigating all politically motivated human rights violations is not new. In the previous legislature, a proposal for a Law to consolidate peace was presented in the Basque Parliament. In it, among many other measures, the creation of an observatory financed with public funds is proposed that would enjoy absolute independence from the public and political powers. It would be made up of recognized leaders in the defense of human rights and a multidisciplinary group of experts with credibility and indisputable authority.
And it is that terrorism conditioned our democratic memory. We still have the difficult task of rewriting it, a task that fundamentally involves safeguarding people’s rights, but also urging them to commit to their obligations: bringing those responsible for the most serious crimes to justice; compensate all victims and rebuild the social fabric with measures that foster reconciliation and promote coexistence, without forgetting, exclusion or suspicion.