‘Serious Setback’: Amnesty Blasts Spain’s New Penal Code – 22 January 2015

RT logoHuman rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has slammed a planned reform of the Spanish criminal code, which reinstates life sentences and introduces harsher prisons terms for breaching public order.

The amendments, proposed by the ruling Popular Party, are almost sure to be passed before the Spanish general election, planned for December.

The bill has already passed the country’s lower house of parliament after gaining the support of 186 MPs, with 144 against.

The final step is approval by the upper house, the Senate, where the conservative Popular Party also enjoys a majority.

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