Reopening old wounds in Spain and making a mockery of justice

United Nations experts are urging Spain to investigate what happened to thousands of people who went missing during the Spanish civil war and under the Nationalist Franco dictatorship. Meanwhile, the Roman Catholic Church has beatified 522 people killed by Republicans, rubbing salt into the open wounds of impunity and denial. Continue reading Reopening old wounds in Spain and making a mockery of justice

The wages of sin: Time to abandon Spain’s pact of silence

Many countries have been persuaded that it is better to ignore and suppress the past in the interest of forgiving and forgetting. Such arguments are often put forward by those who have most to hide and most to lose. The opposite argument – that past sins must be publicly acknowledged – recognizes that in violent conflict everyone is scarred for life. Continue reading The wages of sin: Time to abandon Spain’s pact of silence

Henry Kissinger: Impunity is the name of the game

Why does anyone honour Henry Kissinger? Of course, he has power, wealth and, crucially, impunity. But he is also wanted for crimes against humanity, a serious accusation that has led others to the dock at the International Criminal Court. Continue reading Henry Kissinger: Impunity is the name of the game