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Inauguration of the Victims of Terrorism Memorial Centre in Vitoria

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Tuesday 1 June 2021

The event was also attended by representatives of state, regional and local institutions, as well as various foundations and associations of victims of terrorism.

The inaugural visit covered the three floors of the building that houses the Centre, which, through spaces with testimonies, documentation and various materials, analyses the causes, development and consequences of the terrorism that Spain has suffered, from ETA to GRAPO, passing through jihadism, DRIL, anarchism, FRAP and the so-called dirty war.

The memory of the victims

This Centre fulfils the mandate of the Law on the Recognition and Comprehensive Protection of Victims of Terrorism, approved by broad parliamentary consensus in 2011. This law provided for the creation of a National Centre for the Memory of the Victims of Terrorism based in the Basque Country, with the aim of "preserving and disseminating the democratic and ethical values embodied by the victims of terrorism, building the collective memory of the victims and raising awareness among the population as a whole for the defence of freedom and human rights and against terrorism".

Constituted as a state public sector foundation, attached to the Ministry for Home Affairs, the Centre has a governing body that includes representatives of the Government of Spain, the regional governments, the General Courts, the Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council and the victims of terrorism. The Foundation's honorary president is King Felipe VI and the 21-member Board of Trustees is chaired by the President

Furthermore, as a channel for the participation of victims, the approved statutes provide for the creation of an Advisory Council of Victims of Terrorism, with proposal and advisory functions.

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