Information on 157 missing prioners of war given to the UN
September 25th, 2013 by Oscar de Marcos
Two documents, drafted by the pro-Franco army in October of 1936, in relation to men, women and children, who were prisoners but went missing, are presented to the UN committee to ask them to investigate.
The Forum for Memory of Guadalajara presented last 24 of september in Madrid, before the Working Group on Disappearances of the UN ( OHCHR) , which is in Spain to collect information about forced disappearances and other crimes against humanity committed by the Franco dictatorship , 157 Republican prisoners of war captured in October 1936 by Franco’s troops and was not aware of his whereabouts since then. It is the first time their names are made public and have been sent to the envoys of the UN as a case of crime against humanity .
As accompanying documentation has been provided two documents prepared by the staff of the army Franco, one dated October 16 1936 in Sigüenza (Guadalajara) , with an exhaustive list of 591 prisoners taken by Franco after the occupation of the city. Of all prissioners, 490 were men, 47 women and 54 children . The other document is a list provided by the military, but dated the following day, October 17 , in Soria , place they were the prisoners . The second list includes only 333 prisoners , of whom , 14 were captured in diferents locations of Siguenza . The difference between the two lists made by the Francoist army itself is 157 prisoners. The Forum for Memory of Guadalajara claim this as an alleged crime against humanity and calls for their investigation. It also was made aware of UN envoys denial researchers and memoirists collective access to the files, such as the Civil Registry of Siguenza .
Guadalajara was present in several of the interventions with UN envoys , as relatives of victims of the mass grave in the CityCemetery expressed helplessness and public contempt that victims of Francoism in Guadalajara receive from local and provincial institutions and refusal to perform a memorial at the site of his execution and burial . He also stated his case Gregorio Rodrigálvarez , son of a killed in Siguenza , who argued the case of his father as a victim of ” forced disappearance ” .