CALL TO STAND BY CARME FORCADELL
Şerife Ceren Uysal, director of the ÇHD general headquaters, visited Carme Forcadell, the imprisoned Catalan politician in Mas D’enric Penitentiary (Tarragona) on February 16, 2020.
Following October 27, 2017 when the Catalan Parliament declared independence, Forcadell, together with other Catalan politicians had been subjected to criminal investigation on the accusation of rebellion. Forcadell, who was then the speaker for the Catalan Parliament was first arrested on November 9, 2017. After she was released on bail she was re-elected to the parliament in December 2017. As repression and cruelty intensified by the referendum process in Forcadell was arrested once more on March 23, 2018.
The trial process that involves Forcadell and other Catalonian politicians was started on February 12, 2019, and concluded on June 12, 2019. ÇHD followed the trial process. By the decision that was announced on October 14, 2019, Forcadell was punished to imprisonment for 11 years and 6 months. As of today, she has been imprisoned in Mas D’enric penitentiary.
In our visit with Forcadell first we passed the message of Selçuk Kozağaçlı, ÇHD Chair, and the solidarity messages of all ÇHD members. Carme Forcadell stated that her lawyer had informed her about the long imprisonment of ÇHD members and the process of hunger strike. She conveyed her ideas and feelings about the importance of solidarity among the political prisoners.
During the visit Forcadell specifically pointed at the conditions in which the other women prisoners at Mas D’enric penitentiary have been living. She noted that working towards international solidarity on this matter is one of the important political issues. Today, there are 40 women prisoners in the Mas D’enric penitentiary, which was built specifically for men. Forcadell pointed at the fact that the majority of the women prisoners had been subjected to violence prior to their imprisonment. She noted that aside from physical violence, the main motive that pushed the majority of women in the prison to commit crime was economic violence.
From behind the walls of the prison, Forcadell communicates her call especially to women to nurture the struggle for the equality of opportunity and against violence.
ÇHD gives credence to enhancing the solidarity with everyone who are imprisoned due to political reasons. In this respect, we call all our members, colleagues, the public and especially in accordance with Forcadell’s request, all women to send letters or postcards to facilitate solidarity with Catalan prisoners.
Long Live International Solidarity
PROGRESSIVE LAWYERS ASSOCIATION
Centre Penitenciari de Mas d’Enric
Tavessia Comella Moro 15, s/n, 43764 El Catllar, T, Spain