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Sujit Choudhry Helps To Write Open Letter To Governments Of Spain And Catalonia

Constitutional law scholar Sujit Choudhry, along with some of his peers, wrote an open letter in November 2017 to both the Spanish and Catalan governments. There was a crisis happening in Catalonia at the time, and they were hoping to get both sides to talk about ways to resolve it. The hope was that government officials on both sides of the conflict would engage in good faith discussions about the constitutional issues that were at the heart of the conflict between them, get more on (Linkedin.com).

Sujit Choudhry and the other scholars wrote that they wanted the Catalonian President Puigdemont to hold a referendum so that the people could show whether they wanted to secede from Spain or not. In this letter, they also asked that the leader of Spain, Prime Minister Rajoy, to not interfere in this referendum and to accept its results. The scholars wanted both sides to recognize that both sides had rights in this dispute and that both governments should accept what the Catalonian people want, read more on works.bepress.com.

Spain and Catalonia are both part of the European Union. Sujit Choudhry said that the conflict between them needs to resolved peacefully as otherwise what the EU stands for would be undermined, see (Patch.com). On October 1st of that year, the Spanish government had cracked down during voting and had treated many voters in a brutal way. Sujit Choudhry said this crackdown made the situation much worse and was counter-productive. He and the other scholars agreed that Spain did everything they could to suppress the vote even though it wasn’t clear whether the people of Catalonia even favored secession or not.

Sujit Choudhry wrote in the letter that Prime Minister Rajoy has shown that he seemingly doesn’t care about what the Catalonian people want. Sujit Choudhry seems to believe that his choices in this conflict were justified and the scholars said that under international law that was not the case. The scholars believe that he can’t just keep arresting people over what they believe and that it will ultimately result in human rights violations. They called on Rajoy to change his tactics and start respecting the will of the voters, visit http://www.law.nyu.edu/news/choudhry_award.