Spain: NGO Report on transparency and accountability of police forces

Report published by Novact and accessible here. Unofficial translation from Spanish.

With the aim of contributing to the public debate, this report offers a diagnosis of the current mechanisms of transparency and accountability existing in the different police forces in Spain, from the perspective of international human rights law. Its objective is to provide the public and the different administrations and political forces with a tool for analysis for the construction of public policy. To this end, it analyses the internal procedures that exist when a violation of rights at the hands of a police officer is reported, as well as the external mechanisms – outside the police force – that can contribute to an effective investigation of the facts.

In four chapters, the research focuses mainly on the analysis of the police response to complaints of improper use of force in the context of public order or protest, as well as discrimination based on ethnic and racial profiling in public spaces.