The case of herd arrives at European Parliament. The Parliament will discuss in plenary session this Wednesday topic that has marked political agenda in Spain in last dates under title: "The Application by Spain of international standards on sexual violence following judgement of Herd. " The issue has come to Brussels driven by we can, with opposition of People's Party and support of PSOE, after social upheaval that unleashed court ruling of Audiencia de Navarra. In vote that took place today, attended by less than half of parliamentarians, 188 MEPs were favorable to deal with case, compared to 136 who voted against and 20 abstentions.More information
- The prosecution will appeal herd's sentence so that conviction is for rape
- The proven facts of case sentence of herd
"Today many Spanish women feel more unprotected by judicial bodies a week ago," said Tania Gonzalez, MEP of Purple Formation. The People's Party has shown itself contrary to proposal of we can, because it believes that debate, instead of promoting a change of laws that protects victims, seeks to question action of judiciary and goes against separation of powers. "We share outrage at violation of human rights involving aggression and sexual violence. [...] Yes to debate, yes to future modifications, but in no case should judiciary be questioned from legislature because we would do a disservice to confidence that our justice system requires of citizens, "said popular representative Rosa'll.
The plenary approves a debate today on implementation by Spain of international standards on sexual violence, in light of case of " herd". Pic.twitter.com/nEfduuYkHG— European Parliament (@Europarl_ES) May 2, 2018
For we can, on or hand, criticism of judiciary is legitimate. "Sentences like this are reprehensible. Why we will not criticize it if it can do so much harm to women in our country, "defended parliamentarian Tania Gonzalez. The party led by Pablo Iglesias wants European institutions to pressure Member States to include in ir penal Code a clearer definition of rape, to describe it as any sexual relationship with no consent. González warned that only nine countries, including Spain, have adapted provisions of Istanbul Convention to protect victims of sexual violence.
The debate is set for afternoon of this Wednesday, and will take part as speakers of European Commission and Council, as well as those responsible for political groups with representation.
The judicial course of case is still long. The Public Prosecutor's Office of Navarra will present in next days an appeal against sentence by which five members of The herd were sentenced to nine years in prison as perpetrators of a crime of sexual abuse continued on an 18-year-old girl in Sanfermines of 2016.