The victims of the Spanish civil war and the brutal regime of General Franco that followed may receive reparations if a new bill is passed through Spain’s parliament. Families of those who suffered may also get recognition, which could lead to financial compensation.
The law was debated for the first time, with the government pushing for it to be accepted. Deputy Prime Minister Maria-Teresa Fernandez de la Vega told deputies that it was not about appointing blame or re-writing history, but rather recognising injustice. But not everyone is happy. Manuel Atencia of the conservative opposition said adopting the law would be a mistake. His Popular Party claim the bill serves no purpose and just re-opens old wounds.
Meanwhile, the families of victims of the war and Franco regime are taking action of their own. They have gone to a Spanish judge to demand he launch an enquiry to discover what became of around 30,000 people whose bodies have never been found. Judge Baltasar Garzon has in the past led a legal fight against former South American dictators including the late General Pinochet. He has not done the same in Spain.