The Balearic Islands commemorate the International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances

The Balearic Islands commemorated the International Day for Victims of Enforced Disappearances, Credit: Government of the Balearic Islands

The Government of the Balearic Islands and various non-profit organizations have organized a special act to commemorate the International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances.

The Government of the Balearic Islands paid tribute to the victims of the Spanish Civil War and the Franco regime during an event organized at the Consulate of the Sea in Palma to commemorate the International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances, celebrated on August 30 each year since 2011 .

The event was attended by Francina Armengol, President of the Balearic Islands; Juan Pedro Yllanes, Vice-President and Minister for Energy Transition, Productive Sectors and Democratic Memory; Joan Manuel López, president of Amnesty International Balearic Islands; and many other representatives of government and non-profit organizations.

A minute of silence was observed in memory of the victims and a banner was hung on the facade of the building. The president said: “It is an act of justice to honor the victims and their families, but also an act of gratitude to all the people and entities that allow the Balearic Islands to move forward towards truth, justice and reparation. .”

The Vice President added: “Enforced disappearances are one of the worst violations of human rights. In Spain and the Balearic Islands, unfortunately, we are well aware of this. Franco’s dictatorship systematically made thousands of men and women disappear as a means of repression.

“The Government of the Balearic Islands, in collaboration with memory organizations, will continue to defend democratic values ​​and the human rights of victims and their families. We have recovered 200 bodies and identified 40 victims and our commitment is firm and will continue in the next legislature,” Yllanes said.

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