Stolen baby’s coffin contained just an 800 gram stone! 1000’s more missing in Church/State/Fascist conspiracy

Stolen babies: an 800 gram slab in empty coffin iillustrates the face of decades of continuing impunity


The discovery of a piece of ceramic in a child’s coffin during the exhumation of reprisals of the Franco regime in the Alicante cemetery revives the need of those affected for justice to be done.

by Miguel Ángel Valero @mavmiralles 20 Mar 2021

On March 9, Matilde Ruiz approached the municipal cemetery of Alicante to meet the team of archaeologists who, since the beginning of the month, have been excavating in pit X where the remains of eleven reprisals by the Franco regime in 1940 are located.

Matilde is a woman “With a lot of spirit”, as she herself admits, and her intention when going to the cemetery was to ask for the collaboration of archaeologists who, looking for the remains of a Francoist crime, found evidence of another crime from the same period whose victims are still alive in their majority and trying to see that justice is done.

Pit X, located in quadrant 12 of the Alicante cemetery, was dug in its day to dump the bodies of those defeated in the Civil War, but later it also served to deposit the remains of deceased babies and mutilated members from the General Hospital of Alicante .

This circumstance is what led them to the discovery of a child’s coffin inside which only two fragments of a ceramic slab of about 800 grams were found, supposedly deposited to simulate the weight of a deceased newborn: an obvious clue to the theft of babies, practice.

Concentración en la Audiencia Provincial de Madrid por el juicio contra el doctor Eduardo Vela por el robo de Inés Madrigal en 1969.

Concentración en la Audiencia Provincial de Madrid por el juicio contra el doctor Eduardo Vela por el robo de Inés Madrigal … Demonstration at the Provincial Court of Madrid for the trial against Dr. Eduardo Vela for the robbery of Inés Madrigal

This system has been carried out in Spain for decades until at leasr 1980 with total impunity despite the hundreds of complaints that have been filed and that always end in a dead end.

Matilde Ruiz has been fighting for more than two decades to know the fate of the baby she gave birth to in 1973 at the La Fe hospital in Valencia. When she gave birth she “she was alone”, but when she was in the hospital she felt “sure that she was well cared for”.

Bebe robado huesos Alicante 3

Matilde Ruiz fue víctima del robo de bebés que se acometió en España durante décadas. Matilde Ruiz was the victim of the baby thefts that took place in Spain for decades.

She was nothing further from reality, because on the second day of her admission, after observing that the newborn “was perfect” and “did not present any anomaly”, she was informed that she had died suddenly.

She thensuffered an emotional breakdown and was given total sedation for a full day. “They saw the possibility of taking the child because they did not see anyone with me,” says Matilde.

Matilde Ruiz’s case has the same characteristics as that of thousands of women who gave birth in Spain between 1940 and 1990.

Mexican Ligia Ceballos Franco believes she was born Maria Diana Ortiz Ramirez in Spain, and that her biological parents were told she had died at birth.

Mexican Ligia Ceballos Franco believes she was born Maria Diana Ortiz Ramirez in Spain, and that her biological parents were told she had died at birth

Matilde was married at the time, but her husband was on a business trip at the time of delivery. After the little girl’s death was announced, when she Matilde woke up from sedation, she demanded to see her baby.

She was taken to a box with the cadaverous remains of a baby larger and darker than the one she had held in her arms just a day before, she complained again and “everyone began to tell me that they were going to inject and sedate me again and that I needed to sleep because I was sick of what had happened to me, that the child had died”.

But she maintains that “I was not sick, I immediately said that this child was not my baby ”, and neither immediately nor later, all the complaints she filed were shelved.

Fifty years have passed since that time and more than two decades of struggle.

Matilde currently chairs the association Affected Babies Hospitals SBR, so upon learning that the archaeologists who were looking for the remains of the reprisals of the Franco regime had found a funeral box of a baby with a piece of ceramic that would serve to simulate the weight of a deceased fetus or neonate, she was clear that this was an obvious and irrefutable proof of a systematized practice of which she and thousands of other women had been victims for decades.

Sp she did not hesitate to file a complaint against what Matilde emphatically states is “true evidence” of the theft of babies.

Up to now, the remains of 36 neonates and seven amputated limbs have been exhumed from fossa X, among which is the finding of a child coffin inside which this ceramic slab was found.

In the opinion of María José Picó, president of the Association of Stolen Babies and Irregular Adoptions of Alicante (AVA), the discovery “is hopeful” because “once again it is shown that they buried empty boxes and deceived mothers”.

María José, was born in 1962 at the General Hospital of Alicante with her twin sister, whom she never met.

Amnesty denounces that the Spanish State does not respond to the “thousands” of complaints for cases of stolen babies

by Cvbj March 15, 2021, 10:41 pm

Amnesty International has denounced that the Spanish State does not give answers to the complainants of cases of stolen babies, by offering them “insufficient and inadequate” resources and without a “vocation to investigate”, thus feeding “a climate of impunity regarding these human rights violations. “

This is one of the conclusions reached by the international body in a report dedicated to the cases of stolen babies in Spain published this Tuesday, in which it highlights that in the search processes the relatives “they continue to encounter obstacles” and that these turn out to be mostly “unsuccessful”.

Exhumation of Remains in a Grave in Alicante

“Although in recent years some resources have been launched to address this issue, such as the Service for Affected Persons of the Ministry of Justice, they do not have sufficient resources, they do not accompany the victims, they hardly follow the cases and do not provide support psychological or legal orientation “, affirms Amnesty.

For this reason, the NGO observes “with concern that the actions of the different powers of the Spanish State have not provided responses to victims to date in accordance with international human rights standards “.

Broken sack procedures

The birth of a baby involves a series of mandatory procedures.

The director of Amnesty in Spain, Esteban Beltrán, sees as a “historic opportunity” the possible approval in Congress of a stolen baby law, it demands that the Government guarantee legal and psychological assistance to the victims, as well as that the judiciary launch “exhaustive and independent investigations to clarify the facts,” reports Efe.

These judicial procedures have fallen into a broken case, the organization denounces, which provides data on the proceedings launched between 2011 and 2021. There were a total of 2,138, of which only one, started in Barcelona in 2020, is still open. A total of 526 were prosecuted, but many were closed by prescription.

Cases were closed “without a minimum research activity”, points out Daniel Canales, researcher of the report, in which he has verified how babies became delivered to families in Mexico or Chile and registered there and as biological children.

For more than 50 years

Amnesty research has focused on cases in Andalusia, Catalonia, Madrid, the Valencian Community and the Basque Country, where 80% of the total proceedings were opened, and concludes that for more than half a century, from the end of the Civil War to the 90’s, “thousands of people” could have been subjected to enforced disappearance.

La Fiscalía investigará una denuncia colectiva de casi 60 posibles casos de bebés robados .. The Prosecutor’s Office will investigate a collective complaint of almost 60 possible cases of stolen babies

The illegal abductions would have occurred, the report says, first in prisons, then in hospitals, maternity wards, nurseries and welfare centers, in some cases managed by religious congregations, before a State, it maintains, author or accomplice in the first years and with “disinterested, inadequate and insufficient attention” now in the search processes.

In its investigation, Amnesty claims to have documented cases with indications of the three elements established by international law to speak of enforced disappearance: the abduction of the baby, the State participation or tolerance and the authorities’ refusal to reveal the whereabouts of the disappeared person.

And it states that currently search processes continue to fall to families, without the State or the Church providing them access to relevant information to clarify the facts.

Humble origin, young and single

The victims of the alleged robberies have, as Amnesty has identified, common elements such as that the mothers were of humble origin, young and single, that they were told that the baby had died and that in the search processes they find a lack of information, erroneous or false documentation and “a non-existent or scarce accompaniment by the authorities.”

Inés Madrigal, the first victim of the stolen baby plot to have her case tried.

In addition, it has found “a Francoist gender ideology that explains and gives context “ to the denounced abductions, which began in the post-war period against reprisal women and continued during the Franco regime “through control over women, whose sole function is to be a mother and who is deprived of autonomy and decision-making capacity, also with respect to her own motherhood. “

In those years of Franco, says Canales, “a legal and ideological framework in which these human rights violations could be protected “.

Thus, regulations were approved that limited the rights of women, regulated the registration of minors, allowed adoption to be a business between individuals, and medical reports were published stating that infant mortality was higher if the mother was poor, working or single.

The data

Amnesty International recalls in its report, entitled Time of truth and justice. Human rights violations in cases of stolen babies, There are no official data, so it is difficult to estimate the number of people who could have been victims of illegal baby abduction between 1939 and the 1990s. The last case documented by Amnesty is from 1993.

The report indicates that, according to the National High Court, in Spain between 1937 and 1950 a “legalized” disappearance of minors with loss of their identity. Amnesty International indicates that a total of 30,960 children of prisoners were protected by the State between 1944 and 1954 and that 20,266 minors were repatriated after the Civil War, according to data from the Foreign Service of the Falange, reports Europa Press.

Eduardo Vela, in the trial of the case of 'stolen babies'

Regarding the data in the State Attorney General’s Office, the report reflects 261 allegations in collective complaint for illegal abductions of children for delivery to third families, which occurred between 1950 and 1990, presented by ANADIR in 2011, as well as 2,138 investigation procedures between 2011 and March 2021.

The study highlights that on December 19, 2020, a collective complaint of 56 cases occurred between 1952 and 1987 in Andalusia, the Basque Country, Catalonia, La Rioja, Madrid and Galicia was filed; and that on January 4, 2021, the Prosecutor’s Office announced the initiation of a coordination file that would seek to unify its actions throughout the State in this area.

Regarding the DNA studies of the National Institute of Toxicology and Forensic Sciences, the organization assures that there were 128 investigation procedures with the contribution of DNA samples between 2011 and 2017, 76 from the Prosecutor’s Office and 52 from investigating courts. Of the 120 exhumations carried out, in 41% (49) of the cases it could not be resolved and in 59% (71) of the cases it was possible to give certainty that the remains found belonged to the baby that was sought.

In addition, the Service for Affected Persons of the Ministry of Justice, in operation since 2012, has processed 706 requests, corresponding to 834 affected people, of which 216 have been considered invalid. Until September 2019, the service has been able to identify a possible relative in 19 cases, all related to adoptions.

“Immediate measures”

Amnesty asks the Government to adopt “immediate measures” to fully implement the recommendations of international bodies in relation to cases of possible illegal abduction of minors, as well as take an “active” role in the coordination and channeling of searches for possible abductions.

Members of the SOS Babies Stolen Association, at the gates of the Provincial Court of Madrid.

women still protesting loss of their children

The NGO also asks the Executive review the Concordats with the Holy See so that “it does not constitute an impediment to investigations of human rights violations” and establish protocols that guarantee “effective” access to information and documentation.

To the Episcopal Conference, Amnesty International requests provide victims with access to ecclesiastical archives of its competence and to assume a role of “intermediation and intercession” with the religious orders and congregations dependent on the Holy See, so that they “allow and facilitate access to their archives for the victims.”

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Bebés robados: una losa de 800 gramos frente a décadas de impunidad

El hallazgo de un trozo de cerámica en un féretro infantil durante la exhumación de represaliados del franquismo en el cementerio de Alicante revive la necesidad de las afectadas de que se haga justicia.

Bebe robado huesos Alicante 1
Restos de neonatos hallados en la fosa X del cementerio de Alicante. Miguel Ángel Valero

Miguel Ángel Valero

@mavmiralles
20 mar 2021 06:30

El pasado 9 de marzo Matilde Ruiz se acercó al cementerio municipal de Alicante para conocer al equipo de arqueólogos que desde principios de mes se encuentra excavando en la fosa X donde se ubican los restos de once represaliados por el franquismo en 1940.

Matilde es una mujer “con mucho genio”, como ella misma reconoce, y su intención al acudir al cementerio fue pedir la colaboración de los arqueólogos que, buscando los restos de un crimen franquista, se encontraron la prueba de otro delito del mismo periodo cuyas víctimas siguen vivas en su mayoría y tratando de que se haga justicia. 

La fosa X, ubicada en el cuadrante 12 del cementerio de Alicante, se excavó en su día para arrojar los cuerpos de los vencidos en la Guerra Civil, pero posteriormente también sirvió para depositar los restos de bebés fallecidos y miembros mutilados del Hospital General de Alicante.

Esa circunstancia es la que les llevó al hallazgo de un féretro infantil en cuyo interior solo se encontraron dos fragmentos de una losa de cerámica de unos 800 gramos depositada supuestamente para simular el peso de un neonato fallecido: una pista obvia del robo de bebés, práctica sistemática que se ha llevado a cabo en España durante décadas con total impunidad a pesar de las cientos de denuncias que se han presentado y que acaban siempre en vía muerta. 

Al segundo día de ingreso, después de observar que el recién nacido “estaba perfecto”, le comunicaron a Matilde Ruiz que su hijo había fallecido súbitamente

Más de dos décadas lleva luchando Matilde Ruiz por conocer el destino del bebé que alumbró en 1973 en el hospital La Fe de Valencia. Cuando dio a luz “estaba sola”, pero al encontrarse en el hospital se sentía “segura de que estaba bien atendida”.

Nada más lejos de la realidad, pues al segundo día de ingreso, después de observar que el recién nacido “estaba perfecto” y “no presentaba ninguna anomalía”, le comunicaron que había fallecido súbitamente.

A continuación ataque de nervios y sedación total durante un día completo. “Vieron la posibilidad de llevarse al niño porque no vieron a nadie conmigo”, asegura Matilde. 

El caso de Matilde Ruiz tiene las mismas características que el de miles de mujeres que dieron a luz en España entre 1940 y 1990. Matilde estaba casada entonces, pero su marido se encontraba en un viaje de negocios en el momento del parto.

Después de anunciársele el fallecimiento, cuando despertó de la sedación, al exigir ver a su hijo la llevaron ante una caja con los restos cadavéricos de un bebé más grande y más moreno que el que había tenido en brazos apenas un día antes, volvió a reclamar y “todo el mundo empezó a decirme que me iban a pinchar otra vez y que iban a dormirme porque yo estaba enferma de lo que me había ocurrido, que se me había muerto el niño”, pero ella sostiene que  “no estaba enferma, yo dije de inmediato que ese niño no era mi hijo”, y ni de inmediato ni después, todas las denuncias que interpuso acabaron archivadas.

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Amnesty denounces that the Spanish State does not respond to the “thousands” of complaints for cases of stolen babies

March 16, 2021 by archyde

International Amnesty has denounced that the Spanish State does not provide answers to the complainants of cases of stolen babies, by offering them “insufficient and inadequate” resources and without a “vocation to investigate”, thus feeding “a climate of impunity regarding these human rights violations. “

This is one of the conclusions reached by the international body in a report dedicated to the cases of stolen babies in Spain published this Tuesday, in which it highlights that in the search processes the relatives “they continue to encounter obstacles” and that these turn out to be mostly “unsuccessful”.

“Although in recent years some resources have been launched to address this issue, such as the Service for Affected Persons of the Ministry of Justice, they do not have sufficient resources, they do not accompany the victims, they hardly follow the cases and do not provide support psychological or legal orientation “, affirms Amnesty.

For this reason, the NGO observes “with concern that the actions of the different powers of the Spanish State have not provided responses to victims to date in accordance with international human rights standards “.

The director of Amnesty in Spain, Esteban Beltrán, sees as a “historic opportunity” the possible approval in Congress of a stolen baby law, it demands that the Government guarantee legal and psychological assistance to the victims, as well as that the judiciary launch “exhaustive and independent investigations to clarify the facts,” reports Efe.

Concentración en la Plaza Nueva, en una foto de archivo

These judicial procedures have fallen into a broken case, the organization denounces, which provides data on the proceedings launched between 2011 and 2021. There were a total of 2,138, of which only one, started in Barcelona in 2020, is still open. A total of 526 were prosecuted, but many were closed by prescription.

Cases were closed “without a minimum research activity”, points out Daniel Canales, researcher of the report, in which he has verified how babies became delivered to families in Mexico or Chile and registered there and as biological children.

Amnesty research has focused on cases in Andalusia, Catalonia, Madrid, the Valencian Community and the Basque Country, where 80% of the total proceedings were opened, and concludes that for more than half a century, from the end of the Civil War to the 90’s, “thousands of people” could have been subjected to enforced disappearance.

The illegal abductions would have occurred, the report says, first in prisons, then in hospitals, maternity wards, nurseries and welfare centers, in some cases managed by religious congregations, before a State, it maintains, author or accomplice in the first years and with “disinterested, inadequate and insufficient attention” now in the search processes.

In its investigation, Amnesty claims to have documented cases with indications of the three elements established by international law to speak of enforced disappearance: the abduction of the baby, the State participation or tolerance and the authorities’ refusal to reveal the whereabouts of the disappeared person.

And it states that currently search processes continue to fall to families, without the State or the Church providing them access to relevant information to clarify the facts.

The victims of the alleged robberies have, as Amnesty has identified, common elements such as that the mothers were of humble origin, young and single, that they were told that the baby had died and that in the search processes they find a lack of information, erroneous or false documentation and “a non-existent or scarce accompaniment by the authorities.”

In addition, it has found “a Francoist gender ideology that explains and gives context “ to the denounced abductions, which began in the post-war period against reprisal women and continued during the Franco regime “through control over women, whose sole function is to be a mother and who is deprived of autonomy and decision-making capacity, also with respect to her own motherhood. “

Image result for los bebes robados de Franco

In those years of Franco, says Canales, “a legal and ideological framework in which these human rights violations could be protected “.

Thus, regulations were approved that limited the rights of women, regulated the registration of minors, allowed adoption to be a business between individuals, and medical reports were published stating that infant mortality was higher if the mother was poor, working or single.

Amnesty International recalls in its report, entitled Time of truth and justice. Human rights violations in cases of stolen babies, There are no official data, so it is difficult to estimate the number of people who could have been victims of illegal baby abduction between 1939 and the 1990s. The last case documented by Amnesty is from 1993.

The report indicates that, according to the National audience, in Spain it was propitiated between 1937 and 1950 a “legalized” disappearance of minors with loss of their identity. Amnesty International indicates that a total of 30,960 children of prisoners were protected by the State between 1944 and 1954 and that 20,266 minors were repatriated after the Civil War, according to data from the Foreign Service of the Falange, reports Europa Press.

Regarding the data in the State Attorney General’s Office, the report reflects 261 allegations in collective complaint for illegal abductions of children for delivery to third families, which occurred between 1950 and 1990, presented by ANADIR in 2011, as well as 2,138 investigation procedures between 2011 and March 2021.

I’m looking for my daughter

The study highlights that on December 19, 2020, the a collective complaint of 56 cases that occurred between 1952 and 1987 in Andalusia, the Basque Country, Catalonia, La Rioja, Madrid and Galicia; and that on January 4, 2021, the Prosecutor’s Office announced the initiation of a coordination file that would seek to unify its actions throughout the State in this area.

Regarding the DNA studies of the National Institute of Toxicology and Forensic Sciences, the organization assures that there were 128 investigation procedures with the contribution of DNA samples between 2011 and 2017, 76 from the Prosecutor’s Office and 52 from investigating courts. Of the 120 exhumations carried out, in 41% (49) of the cases it could not be resolved and in 59% (71) of the cases it was possible to give certainty that the remains found belonged to the baby that was sought.

In addition, the Service for Affected Persons of the Ministry of Justice, in operation since 2012, has processed 706 requests, corresponding to 834 affected people, of which 216 have been considered invalid. Until September 2019, the service has been able to identify a possible relative in 19 cases, all related to adoptions.

ninos-robados-caso-abierto

Amnesty asks the Government to adopt “immediate measures” to fully implement the recommendations of international bodies in relation to cases of possible illegal abduction of minors, as well as take an “active” role in the coordination and channeling of searches for possible abductions.

32 years of campaigning ignored by State/Church conspiracy

The NGO also asks the Executive review the Concordats with the Holy See so that “it does not constitute an impediment to investigations of human rights violations” and establish protocols that guarantee “effective” access to information and documentation.

To Episcopal Conference, Amnesty International asks you provide victims with access to ecclesiastical archives of its competence and to assume a role of “intermediation and intercession” with the religious orders and congregations dependent on the Holy See, so that they “allow and facilitate access to their archives for the victims.”

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