Spain’s measures to block Catalan referendum criticized by UN rights experts

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BARCELONA, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 28: Students gather as they demonstrate against the position of the Spanish government to ban the self-determination referendum of Catalonia during a strike by university students on September 28, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. The Catalan goverment is keeping with its plan to hold a referendum, due to take place on Octorber 1, which has been deemed illegal by the Spanish government in Madrid.

The UN Human Rights Council issued a statement Thursday criticizing Spanish government efforts to block an Oct. 1 referendum on independence in Catalonia. The central government in Madrid says the referendum is illegal and can’t happen.

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