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Winter in Europe


Queues of refugees wrapped in blankets, surrounded by snow, bring to mind those queues of human beings in concentration camps who were also waiting for a bowl of soup in winter. The clothes they are wearing are different because times have changed, but the pictures of humiliation and suffering are very similar. Those were taken […]

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Accessibility in cities


Municipal plans for doing away with architectural barriers in roads, parks and public gardens. In order to get to know municipal plans for accessibility in different types of Spanish localities, the Office of the Ombudsman has undertaken an investigation with three cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants (Bilbao, Tarragona and Coruña), three with 10,000 to […]

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Visit to Madrid Detention Centre for Foreign Nationals


On Tuesday 3 January, staff from the Ombudsman’s Office visited the Detention Centre for Foreign Nationals (Centro de Internamiento de Extranjeros, CIE) in Madrid, after the Council of Ministers’ meeting on 30 December gave its approval to the contracting of building work to repair deficiencies in the facilities. The institution reiterated suggestions made previously about making […]

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