Sujit Choudhry leads constitutional scholars in addressing the unrest in Catalonia and Spain

For quite a prolonged period now, Catalonia and Spain have been rocking back and forth with the secession debate without any successful outcomes, resulting in significant economic and social setbacks. As a result, the issue has attracted the attention of the international community, prompting constitutional gurus led by Sujit Choudhry (click, to pen an open letter to the two factions. The letter which was published early this year, urges the leaders of both factions to settle their differences in a peaceful and democratic manner and suggests ideal solutions.


Issues covered

In the letter, Sujit Choudhry and the other constitutional scholars acknowledge that even though the issue of secession presents a constitutional crisis to Spain, Spanish leaders are making the crisis even worse, by preventing Catalonians from carrying out their constitutional right of participating in a referendum.

The scholars notably called out the Spanish prime minister, who broke the international law by initiating the arrest of those who propose secession. According to Sujit, arresting innocent citizens who are supporters of withdrawal only violates their rights and freedoms of expression.


Possible solutions

Besides calling out both sides for the mistakes they are making, the scholars also highlighted some possible solutions that could help put the issue to rest. According to Sujit and his peers, both sides should work out a constitutional settlement. The Catalonian president should take it upon himself to draft an official referendum in which he will express the desire of his people to break away from Spain.

On the other hand, Spain’s authority figure, Prime Minister Rajoy, should not interfere in any way with the process. He should allow Catalonians to express their desire by voting peacefully. The letter further adds that while most of them support it, some Catalonians are against the secession, and only a referendum will give them the chance to express this democratically.

Lastly, Sujit reminds both nations to keep in mind that any actions they take not only affect them alone, but impact the international community as well.


Who is Sujit Choudhry?

Sujit is a renowned constitutional scholar. He is the don of international law and has taken part in the constitution building process for numerous countries across the world. Currently the head of the Center for constitutional transitions which he also established, Sujit Choudhry has established himself as an able leader, and has taken part in countless peacemaking missions.

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