• Spanish authorities summarily expel migrants to Morocco from the enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, sometimes employing excessive force. Police fired rubber bullets at migrants trying to reach Ceuta by sea in February. At least 15 drowned. The government adopted limited reforms to block some evictions on defaulted mortgages, improve safeguards in court cases involving foreclosures and mortgage debt, and allow for debt forgiveness, with advocates arguing for broader measures. The government announced a contentious draft law to restrict access to abortion only in cases of rape and when the woman’s physical or mental health is at risk, and another to restrict spontaneous public assemblies through steep fines. Congress adopted reforms restricting prosecutions for crimes against humanity under universal jurisdiction.

  • Thousands of people march to protest a government plan to limit abortions in Madrid on February 8, 2014.
    Spain’s ruling Popular Party should withdraw a bill that would force 16 and 17-year-old girls to obtain the consent of their parents to terminate a pregnancy, 22 national and international rights groups said today in letters to the head of the party’s group of legislators in Congress and to UN bodies. The bill is under examination in Congress.

Reports

  • Impact of Spain’s Housing Crisis on Vulnerable Groups
  • No End to Unaccompanied Migrant Children’s Institutionalization in Canary Islands Emergency Centers
  • Spain’s Push to Repatriate Unaccompanied Children in the Absence of Safeguards

Spain

  • Mar 18, 2015
    Spain’s ruling Popular Party should withdraw a bill that would force 16 and 17-year-old girls to obtain the consent of their parents to terminate a pregnancy, 22 national and international rights groups said today in letters to the head of the party’s group of legislators in Congress and to UN bodies. The bill is under examination in Congress.
  • Mar 18, 2015
    We, the undersigned organizations are writing to urge your mandates to address an appeal to the Spanish government regarding the draft legislation “To increase protection for minors and women with reduced legal capacity in the termination of pregnancies” (Proposición de Ley Orgánica para reforzar la protección de las menores y mujeres con capacidad modificada judicialmente en la interrupción del embarazo). The draft legislation represents a serious threat to the sexual and reproductive health and rights of girls and would create unjustified barriers to accessing safe, legal abortions for 16- and 17-year-olds.
  • Mar 18, 2015
    We, the undersigned organisations, are writing to express our deep concern over the draft legislation “To increase protection for minors and women with reduced legal capacity in the termination of pregnancies” (Proposición de Ley Orgánica para reforzar la protección de las menores y mujeres con capacidad modificada judicialmente en la interrupción del embarazo). The draft legislation represents a serious threat to the sexual and reproductive health and rights of girls and would create unjustified barriers to accessing safe, legal abortions for 16- and 17-year-olds. We therefore respectfully request the withdrawal of the draft legislation proposed by the PP Parliamentary Group.
  • Mar 18, 2015
    We, the undersigned organizations are writing to urge your mandates to address an appeal to the Spanish government regarding the draft legislation “To increase protection for minors and women with reduced legal capacity in the termination of pregnancies” (Proposición de Ley Orgánica para reforzar la protección de las menores y mujeres con capacidad modificada judicialmente en la interrupción del embarazo). The draft legislation represents a serious threat to the sexual and reproductive health and rights of girls and would create unjustified barriers to accessing safe, legal abortions for 16- and 17-year-olds.
  • Mar 13, 2015
    In the past twenty years, at least 15,000 people have died trying to reach Europe's shores from Africa and the Middle East. Many of those who died were refugees and asylum seekers, women and children, human beings fleeing wars, abject chaos and despair.
  • Mar 9, 2015
    The Spanish Senate should scrap a flawed draft law on public security that would undermine rights protections.
  • Feb 25, 2015
    On the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa stands a graveyard filled with simple wooden crosses. We don’t know the names and stories of those buried there, except that they perished at sea trying to reach Europe, fleeing conflict in Syria, human-rights abuses in Somalia and Eritrea, poverty in West Africa.
  • Feb 20, 2015
    “Aman.” a 29-year-old Eritrean, had just described his arduous journey to Europe when I heard the news about hundreds of deaths in the Mediterranean.
  • Feb 4, 2015
    There has been little progress toward justice for the drowning deaths of 15 migrants in waters off a Spanish enclave in North Africa on February 6, 2014.
  • Jan 29, 2015
    European Union leaders during 2014 were too often willing to sideline human rights at home when expedient in a year marked by success for populist and Eurosceptic parties in European Parliament elections and beyond, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015. It highlights developments in 10 EU member states, EU human rights foreign policy, and Union-wide developments on migration and asylum, discrimination and intolerance, and counterterrorism.