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 Huib J. Lirb • Videograaf, Documentair Filmmaker & Digital Storyteller

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Clara Ponsatí - Brief Introduction to the Catalan Question (25:44)

Professor Clara Ponsatí delivering a lecture on the Catalan Question at the John Stuart Mill College to PPE students of the Free University in Amsterdam (Vrije Universiteit) on March 6th, 2019. This is her introduction to the Q&A session with PPE students, an abridged registration of which willl also be published shortly.

Videomakers Huib J. Lirb & Maria Feliciana Coll (dutchindies.com)

With thanks to Francesco Serra and his team at PPE Encounters, John Stuart Mill College

Philosophy, Politics and Economics, VU Amsterdam

©2019 Huib J. Lirb (huib@lirb.nl)

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"Això no és un judici, és una farsa". Entrevista amb Lluís Puig i Gordi just abans de l'inici del màxim procés polític (el 12 de febrer de 2019).

Lluís Puig i Gordi, conseller de Cultura actualment exiliat a Brussel·les, va parlar sobre el possible nou impuls dels desenvolupaments després de l'inici del judici penal contra presos polítics, durant una manifestació "Make A Move" davant la seu de la Comissió Europea a Brussel·les, el 12 de febrer de 2019.

 

Videomaker: Huib J. Lirb (Gracies a Josep Pinyol.)

 

Deze video zal nog worden vertaald.

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"An Independent Catalonia?" Carles Puigdemont Interviewed by Tim Huiskes.

 

Audio in English. Subtitles in Dutch.

"Een onafhankelijk Catalonië?" Carles Puigdemont in gesprek met Tim Huiskes en studenten in de grote zaal van het Academiegebouw van de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. College Tour georganiseerd door de Studium Generale Groningen aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG) op 13 februari 2019.

 

Duur: 1u 43m (01:42:57).

 

Voor een uitgeschreven vertaling, zie lirb.nl.

 

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Teken de Petitie: catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl (02:54)

Oproep ter overweging van het tekenen van de petitie inzake de Catalaanse politieke gevangenen voor leden van de Tweede Kamer (catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl). De petitie is een initiatief van Laura Prat Bertrams (spanje.cat). Gedaan ter gelegenheid van de College Tour met Carles Puigdemont, georganiseerd door Studium Generale Groningen (RUG). De lange versie bevat fragment van het interview dat Tim Huiskes heeft gevoerd met de 130e president van Catalonië. Voor Catalaanse media zijn versies gemaakt met Catalaanse ondertiteling.

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Clara Ponsatí at the John Stuart Mill College in Amsterdam - Presentation of the Petition (04:42)

 

A video registration of (part) of professor Ponsatí's presentation and interview (Q&A with PPE students) will become available shortly. This is a preview presenting the petition initiated by Laura Prat Bertrams (spanje.cat) intended for the Dutch Parliament.

The long version starts with an excerpt from professor Ponsatí's lecture.

 

 

The Catalan Question and International Law

 

The current repression of democratic and human rights in Catalonia is an affront to the core values of the European Union. The general indifference to the violation of human rights by the Spanish State will to a large degree be due to a general lack of knowledge about the fundamentals of the conflict. In an attempt to address this widespread ignorance on the issues, we are working on a series of informative videos for both Dutch- and English speaking viewers. Our campaign started with a set of interviews and conference presentations at the International Symposium on "The Catalan Question and International Law" organised by ANC Nederland and held in The Hague, The Netherlands, on November 9th, 2018. The resulting videos are presented below.

The Catalan Question and International Law. Ben Emmerson QC.

 

The first video in this series is a powerful address by the eminent international lawyer Ben Emmerson QC (Queen's Counsel), a former UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, specialised in European human rights law, public international law and international criminal law. He currently represents seven of the nine Catalan political prisoners in a case before the UN OHCHR Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. In this address, Mr Emmerson regards the Catalan independendence movement as essentially a liberal anti-fascist movement, which is up against a residu of Francoism that still persists in the Deep State of Spain, resulting in a politicised judiciary. He stresses that it is vital for all Europeans to become better informed about the issues since the Spanish violations constitute a serious threat to liberal democracy in general.

 

Emmerson's video is enhanced with a Dutch translation in subtitles. A transcript of the speech in translation, with additional imagery and information, can be found on my website (lirb.nl)

 

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The Catalan Question and International Law. Conference on the Right of Self-Determination,The Hague, The Netherlands,

9 November 2018. An International Symposium organised by ANC Nederland. Part One: Ben Emmerson QC. International lawyer, specialising in European human rights law, public international law an international criminal law. Formerly UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights.

 

With a translation in Dutch in subtitles.
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Elisenda Paluzie. Interview on the Catalan Question and International Law

 

The second video presently referred to is an interview with professor Elisenda Paluzie, an expert in International Economics (Yale University, University of Barcelona) and the President of the Assemblea Nacional Catalana (ANC). This video interview carries an additional narrative in the titling layer and concludes with a recording of the Catalan National Anthem sung by a gathered crowd of protesters at the Plaça del Vi in Girona. in August 2018.

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An interview with professor Elisenda Paluzie, Expert in International Economics (Yale University, University of Barcelona) and President of the Assemblea Nacional Catalana (ANC). Produced in connection with the Conference on the Right of Self-Determination, "The Catalan Question and International Law", an International Symposium organised by ANC Nederland and held in The Hague, The Netherlands, on November 9th, 2018.

This video interview carries an additional narrative in the titling layer and concludes with a recording of the Catalan National Anthem sung by a gathered crowd of protesters at the Plaça del Vi in Girona. in August 2018.

Elisenda Paluzie. The Catalan Question and International Law.

 

The third video shows the presentation by professor Elisenda Paluzie at the conference. She offers a detailed explanation of the conflict and the events leading up to it, from of course the point of view of the ANC (Assemblea Nacional Catalana), the democratic citizen's movement she presides, providing valuable insights which are bound to foster wider awareness.

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The Catalan Question and International Law. Conference on the Right of Self-Determination,The Hague, The Netherlands,

9 November 2018. An International Symposium organised by ANC Nederland. Part Three.

 

Elisenda Paluzie. Expert in International Economics (Yale University, University of Barcelona). President of the Catalan National Assembly / Assemblea Nacional Catalana (ANC).

 

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Alfred de Zayas. Interview on The Catalan Question and International Law. An interview with professor Alfred de Zayas.

 

"To claim that a referendum is 'illegal' is absolute nonsense". We are so happy, and honoured, to also have had the opportunity to interview Alfred De Zayas at quite some length. Professor De Zayas is an eminent professor of International Law, also a writer and historian, and he is a leading expert in the field of human rights and international law, having also served many years as independent UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order. It is important to, for once we might say as far as at least a Dutch audience is concerned, really look closely at the relevant juridical aspects of the Catalan crisis, such as notably (and the following is interrelated) the right to organise a referendum, the right of self-determination as a fundamental human right, the right of secession and the limits to the right of a state to defend its territorial integrity. Though it is not likely that everybody will want to watch the entire video, we feel it is important that the solid explanations and valuable insights are available to all.

For a transcript of this interview, see my weblog in English (http://www.lirb.nl/historia-the-historyliner/alfred-de-zayas-to-claim-that-a-referendum-is-illegal-is-absolute-nonsense/). For a dutch translation in preparation of a subtitled version, also see my weblog in Dutch (http://www.lirb.nl/historia-the-historyliner/alfred-de-zayas-te-beweren-dat-een-referendum-illegaal-zou-zijn-is-absolute-onzin/).

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An interview with professor Alfred De Zayas, Professor of International Law, writer, historian and a leading expert in the field of human rights and international law. Formerly UN Special Rapporteur

on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order. Produced in connection with the Conference on the Right of Self-Determination, "The Catalan Question and International Law", an International Symposium organised by ANC Nederland and held in The Hague, The Netherlands, on November 9th, 2018.

 

 

 

Alfred De Zayas. The Catalan Question and International Law. Part Two.

 

Registration of (a) Alfred De Zayas' lecture and of (b) his answers to the questions from the attendees; I have also edited out the latter part (the answers) into a separate video entitled "The Deafening Silence on the Catalan Question". This is listed below as the sixth video.

 

 

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The Catalan Question and International Law. Conference on the Right of Self-Determination,The Hague, The Netherlands,

9 November 2018. An International Symposium organised by ANC Nederland. Part Part Two.

 

Alfred De Zayas, Professor of International Law, writer, historian and a leading expert in the field of human rights and international law. Formerly UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order.

 

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“The Deafening Silence on the Catalan Question” - Alfred de Zayas

 

In this video, professor De Zayas addresses three questions from the attending audience on "The Deafening Silence on the Catalan Question", e.g. on the contrast between, on the one hand, the close attention to the flaws of democracy in Hungary and Poland and, on the other, the general indifference to the flaws of democracy in Spain. "So here you have International Law à la carte. International Law applied selectively" (at timecode 09:25). What was the response of Jean-Claude Juncker on De Zayas' request for EU mediation in the Catalan political conflict? How do you explain the general indifference to the issues at stake, the ignorance, the lack of awareness and of media interest? What is your appraisal of the rôle of the Spanish king in the conflict?

 

"What we see here – and that is the scandal", De Zayas says at about timecode 02:00, "You have here the European Union, the European Commission, the European Parliament, betraying 7,5 million Europeans. Catalans are Europeans. They have a right to have solidarity. Also in Brussels. And Brussels has become complicit to this suppression of article 1 of the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which is considered to be jus cogens [compelling law], which very clearly states [that] all peoples have the right to self-determination. And [that] all states parties to the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights have an obligation, not only not to obstruct self-determination, but a proactive obligation to facilitate it. So you have here hard law. The Covenant on Civil and Political Rights is hard law. Hard law – international human rights treaty regime – [which] is incorporated into the Spanish Constitution, into the Spanish legal system, by virtue of article 10 paragraph 2 and article 96 of the Spanish Constitution."

 

Consequently, therefore – which I think can be inferred from De Zayas' argument – it is not the Catalan leadership but rather the Spanish State itself that has acted in violation of the Spanish Constitution, with its suppression of the Catalan independence movement and the wrongful qualification of the 1 October referendum as "illegal".

 

This video is an excerpt from the lecture presented by professor Alfred De Zayas on "The Catalan Question and International Law" at the Conference on the Right of Self-Determination,The Hague, The Netherlands, 9 November 2018.

 

 

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"So here you have International Law à la carte. International Law applied selectively".

 

Three questions on "The Deafening Silence on the Catalan Question"

 

 

 

Excerpt from the lecture presented by professor Alfred De Zayas on "The Catalan Question and International Law" at the Conference on the Right of Self-Determination,The Hague, The Netherlands,

9 November 2018

 

“De oorverdovende stilte rond de Catalaanse Kwestie” - Alfred de Zayas

 

The same video as the previous one, but now with Dutch titles and subtitles. For the translation in transcript, see this post at lirb.nl.

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De oorverdovende stilte rond de Catalaanse kwestie. Drie vragen voorgelegd aan professor Alfred De Zayas, vooraanstaand deskundige op het gebied van mensenrechten en internationaal recht, voormalig onafhankelijk rapporteur aan de Hoge Commissaris voor de Mensenrechten en de Rechtvaardige Internationale Orde van de Verenigde Naties (OHCHR), na afloop van zijn lezing op het symposium over het zelfbeschikkingsrecht van Catalanen georganiseerd door ANC Nederland te Den Haag op 9 november 2018.

De vertaling is in uitgeschreven vorm te vinden via mijn weblog lirb.nl

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