Henar Alonso @henararch – Archivist (Técnica Facultativa Superior de Archivos). Ministry of Defence. Publications by researchers on specific aspects of the Civil War and the Franco Regime appear with ever greater frequency, some of which, including those from people with a media profile, are multiplied by the social networks. The majority of these, moreover, of necessity … Continue reading In Spain there is no such thing as a single “General Archive of the Civil War (or a need for one)
At the not-for-profit organisation Innovation and Human Rights we think that access to information is a fundamental right. Recognised as such in international law, as well as by many constitutions and in the national law of over 80 countries across the world, it implies that everyone has the right to request and receive information from … Continue reading 485,136 military proceedings opened against so-called «reds»: the big data of the repression
There were few armed confrontations in La Rioja during the Spanish Civil War. The troops of General Mola entered Logroño, the provincial capital, on 19 July 1936 and the repression was ferocious, as the researcher Jesús Vicente Aguirre explains in Aquí nunca pasó nada (2007). When there was no space to bury the dead left … Continue reading La Barranca: 40th Anniversary
Having been active for over two years, Innovation and Human Rights wishes to mark World Book Day, as we did last year, by offering our recommendations of a selection of books relating to the Spanish Civil War and Francoism. For last year’s selection follow this link. These will appear in three sections, each dealing with … Continue reading Happy World Book Day ‘de memoria’
At the end of November 2017 Innovation and Human Rights held the official presentation of its centralised database of victims of the Spanish Civil War and the Franco Dictatorship in the Barcelona Centre of Contemporary Culture (Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona – CCCB). During that event, entitled Defending the Right to Know: Data Journalism … Continue reading Promise Kept: 654,000 case-files included in the Database!
This entry served as the basis for the article Estos son los otros muertos del Valle de los Caídos published by Juan Miguel Baquero in eldiario.es on 1 September 2018. The so-called “Valle de los Caídos” (Valley of the Fallen), built to commemorate the Spanish Civil War and opened to the public on 1 April … Continue reading The People Buried in the Valle de los Caídos: Where did they die?
If the current plans are implemented, the remains of the Dictator Francisco Franco will soon be exhumed from the so-called “Valle de los Caídos” or “Valley of the Fallen.” The mausoleum, erected to commemorate the Spanish Civil War, is the largest mass-grave in Spain. It opened to the public on 1 April 1959, on the 20th anniversary … Continue reading Who else is buried in the “Valle de los Caídos”?
During the summer months people usually have more time for reading. With this in mind we have decided to highlight this article which we originally published in Catalan on 22 April, just before International Book Day. To mark this first Sant Jordi or St George’s Day since the publication of the centralised database (of victims … Continue reading A summer (Saint George’s Day) ‘de memoria’
The Working Group on Forced or Involuntary Disappearances of the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights has published a devastating report on Spain, which, in the space of 144 pages, denounces the failure to comply with the recommendations which it made in its report to the Spanish government in 2014. The most regrettable aspect … Continue reading The UN requests justice for 114.226 victims of enforced disappearance
Some Detailed Cases of Women in Catalonia In 2017, the Parliament of Catalonia passed a law which annulled all of the sentences imposed by the military tribunals of the Franco Regime. As a result, the National Archive of Catalonia issued the llista de reparació jurídica de les víctimes del franquisme, which includes cases dealt with by summary … Continue reading Summary Military Proceedings against Women