“Resorting to Authoritarian Habits”: Anti-terrorism Laws, State Violence, and Human Rights Prosecutions in Democratic Spain

  • Moira Lynch
Part of the Human Rights Interventions book series (HURIIN)


This chapter examines the violence between Euskadi Ta Askatasuna and the Spanish government during the early years of Spanish democracy. Protections for state actors who engaged in torture were built into anti-terrorism laws through the legalization of lengthy, unmonitored detention periods, known as incommunicado detention. While legal reforms established during Spain’s democratic transition helped to facilitate prosecutions for state-sponsored killings during the 1980s and early 1990s, investigations and prosecutions of torture allegations were crippled by anti-terrorism laws that normalized and legitimized ill-treatment at the hands of the state.


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  • Moira Lynch
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceLoyola University MarylandBaltimoreUSA

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