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Joan Segura

Joan Segura

Stop Desnonaments

Joan Segura is a human rights defender with a 19-year history of social activism that since 2011 has focused primarily on defending the right to housing. He is a spokesperson for Stop Desnonaments (Stop Evictions), an organisation founded in 2016 in Mallorca, defending the right to decent housing through peaceful actions against forced evictions, as well as advocacy for better access to social housing. Only in 2019, around 400 families at risk of eviction sought the support of the organisation, and Stop Desnonaments has taken action against approximately 235 eviction orders, of which only 10 have been executed.

Spanish law places unlawful restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression and information. Containing overly broad and vague terms such as the ‘glorification of terrorism’ and ‘humiliating the victims of terrorism or their relatives’, Article 578 of the Spanish Criminal Code is used in relation to acts that do not violate the range of expression permitted by international human rights law.