Statement from the rectors of the ACUP regarding the disqualification of the President of the Generalitat

Regarding the confirmation of the criminal chamber of the Supreme Court of the decision of the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) to disqualify for a year and a half by public office the Molt Honorable President de la Generalitat, Quim Torra, the rectors of the ACUP member universities want to reiterate everything expressed in our statements in recent years in relation to the conflict between Catalonia and Spain. As we have stated on other occasions, universities are committed, at all times, to dialogue as a way of resolving conflicts and so that they do not end up systematically in court.

Despite respecting the decision of the Supreme Court and the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia, we consider that it does not help to convey the conflict through politics and dialogue between institutions and governments. In accordance with our statement of June 11, 2018 'from the ideological plurality of our universities and as committed institutions, we reaffirm our commitment to rights and politics, with a desire to serve and constructive purpose. And we do so with the conviction that only from the vindication of the principles of democracy, human rights and dialogue will it be possible to manage dissent, overcome conflict and strengthen ourselves as a society ’.

Barcelona, ​​Girona, Lleida, Tarragona, 3rd October 2020