Sujit Choudhry Weighs in on Catalonia and Spain Dispute

Constitutional law scholars including Sujit Choudhry wrote an open letter to both the Spain government and Catalan about the crisis in Catalonia. It implored the two governments to engage in a dialogue and discuss about their constitutional issues.

The scholars asked the Catalonian President, Mr. Puigdemont, to demonstrate his commitment to secession by holding a referendum to establish the views of the public. In the letter, Sujit Choudhry and other scholars also asked the Spain government to allow Catalan people to express their desire to secede freely without being suppressed. The government should respect the fact that secession is what many Catalans want.

People should understand that the Catalans’ quest for secession disrupts Spain’s constitutional order. According to the scholars and Sujit Choudhry, a referendum will drive the understanding of that fact. At the end, the scholars recommend the two sides to come together and reach a constitutional settlement that respects the rights of both sides.

The letter stated that, it is in the best interests of Catalans, people from Spain and beyond if the dispute between the two countries is solved. The Spain government suppressed any possibility of holding a fair and credible referendum to determine the wish of the majority of Catalans, check (Works.bepress.com). The Spain government has resorted to violent means to manage the country which is uncalled for. According to the scholars, the Spain prime minister should change tactic and stop arresting anyone who seems to rally for independence in Catalonia.

Mr. Puigdemont went to exile when charges of corruption and others were brought against him by the Spain government. Unable to rule from exile, he handpicked Mr. Quim Torra to be the regional leader of Catalonia, reference (Linkedin.com). Mr. Quim Torra vowed to continue pushing the independence agenda forward. However, another referendum is yet to happen for fear of what happened last year repeating itself. Many arrest attempts have been orchestrated towards Mr. Puigdemont with the most recent one being the arrest in German. He was released on bail soon afterward.

The social media couldn’t be counted on to tell the stand of Catalans because it was permeated by fake accounts and misinformation. According to the scholars, only an interference-free referendum will tell whether Catalans want to secede from Spain rule or not, based on crunchbase.com.

 

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