French lawyer Emmanuel Daoud (by Natàlia Segura / CNA)

The International Federation of Human Rights and EuroMed Rights believe that the Catalan referendum trial will have an impact on “Spanish democracy”. Both organisations will send an observation mission next week to Madrid as they deem the trial “extraordinary and emblematic” in European history.

In an interview with the Catalan News Agency, two of its lawyers expressed its concerns about the political dimension of the case that they will be following on the ground. “They have not killed anyone” said EuroMed Rights honorary President Michel Tubiana.

The French lawyer and observer Emmanuel Daoud warned that the “political context must not have a damaging effect” on the defendants’ rights. Meanwhile, Tubiana is especially worried about the “tough charges” against civil society activists Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart.

Mission obstacles 

Both human rights organisations regret the Spanish Supreme Court has not allowed them to be present in the courtroom during the trial. For Daoud it is a “negative aspect”, but it will not prevent him from doing his job as an observer, he said. “Courtroom recordings do not capture the atmosphere”, explained Tubiana.

Specialized in criminal law, Daoud assured they will not work for any side and always with “respect” for Spanish jurisdiction. “We will not go there to give lessons to the Supreme Court”, stated Daoud.