We want to translate all the information we receive from other parts of the world about this topic: the use of rubber bullets. For this we need of collaboration. Similarly, we want to disseminate as widely as possible all the documents that we have produced and still produce so that these weapons will be never used anymore.Collaborate
We are preparing a working group to open an investigation about other cases of victims for rubber bullets. We know that there are many people who remain anonymous and we want to bring them up to the light by exposing their experiences and sufferings. Can you give us a hand?Collaborate
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Acknowledgment: Thanks on the website www.stopbalesdegoma.orgOn the website we have created a special section for updates on the legal cause. In this section we will publish names (or aliases) of all people supporting us and who have made this possible with a donation.36Co-financiers
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Digital files: Report “Stop Bales de Goma”:
In this annual report we explain what rubber bullets are, what kind of damage they cause, we treport about victims in Catalonia and Spain, as well as what international institutions say about and in which other countries they are used. All this material was collected during 3 years of activity and published under the Creative Commons license so that it can be freely spread around.
Create a social debate on public police models that we want.: Information about use and abuse of rubber bullets in the European context:
Presenting a complaint, the first one in Europe on this matter, will act as a first step for spreading information about the use of rubber bullets and police violence in general, with the possibility to generate a deep debate on current police models both in Spain and in the rest of Europe. A debate is open and extended to different social actors, which we consider an essential key players in any democratic society in order to report on the problem of actions and practices of police, too often hidden from the darkness of state secrets.
Digital files: Documentary and information pack
During the process we will collect images, declarartions and statements to make a final video documentary in order to keep track on what will happen. A series of articles will be written too and finally collected in a single report. This information will be useful for next legal cases that will be presented to the European Court of Human Rights and investigations no human right violations in European countries.
Stop Bales de Goma
The Association Stop Bales de Goma (“Stop Rubber Bullets”) was founded in 2010 and is made up of victims of differing severity who have suffered damages by the impact of rubber projectiles fired by Catalan Police “Mossos d'Esquadra”, and other individuals, associations and social movements who sympathize with the cause. The ultimate goal of the association is a ban on the use of such weapons by the various police forces in Spain.Show profile
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publish the project widgetCopy and paste the code in your website or blog to help spread the word about this projectIn 2001, Carles Guillot lost an eye due to the impact of a rubber bullet fired during an eviction...
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- Report “Stop Bales de Goma”:
- Information about use and abuse of rubber bullets in the European context:
- Documentary and information pack
- Thanks on the website www.stopbalesdegoma.org
- Photo of the Campaign Stop Gomas de Bales
- T-Shirt Stop Bales de Goma
- Annual Repor
- For social movements and entities
- “Warcelona” Photobook (for social movements and entities)
- “Warcelona” Photobook
- Tickets for El rei Borni
Les bales de goma a Estrasburg
Even though the policeman responsible of the shooting was identified, the case has been concluded by the court after the preliminary investigation. After 11 years and 2 months of lawsuits (from the High Court to the Supreme Court and finally to the Constitutional Court), the Spanish justice has refused any sort of compensation for it.
We ask that the practice of ignoring the victims of police violence, granting complete impunity to the security forces, be no longer the norm that prevails in Catalonia and the rest of the Spanish state.
That's why we decided to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights, in order to prevent other similar violations of fundamental rights.
Main featuresLawyers Jaume Asens and Anaïs Franquesa will bring the case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, accusing Spain of violation of article 6.1 (right to a fair trial within a reasonable time) and 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment ) of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
Why this is importantThis project is aimed at all those people aware of human rights and the injustice represented by the lack in application of the fundamental human rights, here and around the world.
It’s also aimed at all the people who believe that in a democratic state there must be no impunity for police.
Goals of the crowdfunding campaignThe main target of this project is to bring the suit to the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Hopefully, succeeding in the case will enable Spanish judges and prosecutors to investigate in depth the charges against the security forces, avoiding in that way other cases of long proceedings as the ones currently involving the victims of police violence.
Additionally, a case of this kind can generate jurisprudence that might be useful for any citizen in the European Union.
Team and experienceThe lawyers bringing the lawsuit have an extensive experience in the field.
Specifically, Jaume Asens is a member of the Defence Committee of the College of Lawyers and of the Observatory on Economical, Social and Cultural Rights. At an international level, he took part in international commissions such as the Chiapas one (2000) or in the AED (European Democratic Lawyers) and the Legal Team defending activists’ rights in summits such as Genoa one (2001).
Asens began to work as criminal defence lawyer in 1995. One of his first cases was the CSO Cine Princesa. And since then his work has been focused on the defence of human rights and social movements. Recently he has represented the FAVB (Barcelona Federation of Neighbourhood Associations) in the appeal against civic ordinances or in the mass complaint in cases of corruption such as Millet, Old Town and the Hotel Palau ones.
In tasks of prosecution he has also represented other groups in cases linked to Real Estate Mobbing, Historical Memory and Torture, or other victims of crimes against humanity, before the High Court (e.g. in the cases "Guantanamo" or "Freedom Flotilla").
On the other hand, Anaïs Franquesa, who studied International Human Rights Law and Criminal Law, has been working for the Human Rights Institute of Catalonia and is a member of the legal team of Rereguarda en Moviment – a Solidarity Platform against Repression. They are currently working on suits such as the criminal case against the Italian aviators who bombed Barcelona in 1937, the trial before the High Court on the Rwandan genocide, and several other criminal cases related to the repression of the social movements in Barcelona.
In addition, members of the association Stop Bales de Goma are also working on tasks of spreading information through social networks and of street actions, with media coverage whenever possible.