EU leaders: Stop mass surveillance
  • Petitioned Herman Van Rompuy

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President of the European Council
Herman Van Rompuy
European Union Member States
Prime Ministers and Presidents

EU leaders: Stop mass surveillance

    1. Petition by

      Index on Censorship

November 2013


Index on Censorship: We have some good news! The European Council Summit has pledged a review on cooperation with the US on intelligence gathering. The EU is also developing a new EU Data Protection Regulation to protect our online data from being shared with foreign intelligence services.

We are now two steps closer to ending mass surveillance but the campaign is not over. We need to keep up the momentum so that the issue of mass surveillance doesn’t just fade away If you are passionate about mass surveillance, please support our work by donating £10 on

Thanks to recent revelations we know that governments are using digital technology to monitor our emails, phone calls and the websites we visit. This is an attack on our freedom of speech and an invasion of our privacy. Tell Europe’s leaders to take action to stop the US, UK and other governments from carrying out mass surveillance.

We, the undersigned, call on our Heads of Government to clearly and unambiguously state their opposition to all systems of mass surveillance including the US's NSA PRISM system and similar systems in several countries in Europe. Europe’s leaders have not yet taken any action to stop this abuse of our right to privacy and freedom of expression.

We call on Europe’s leaders to place this issue firmly on the agenda for the next European Council Summit in October. They need to make it clear that they will do so.

They must take action to stop this abuse of our human rights.

This petition is supported by:

- Index on Censorship

- Amnesty International

- English PEN

- Article 19

- Privacy International

- Open Rights Group

- Liberty UK

- RSF - Reporters Without Borders

- European Federation of Journalists

- International Federation of Journalists

- PEN International

- PEN Canada

- PEN Portugal

- Electronic Frontier Foundation

- PEN Emergency Fund

- Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE)

- National Union of Somali Journalists 

- Bahrain Centre for Human Rights

- Catalan PEN

- Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) - Malaysia 

- Belarusian Human Rights House 

- South East European Network for Professionalization of Media (SEENPM)

- International Partnership for Human Rights 

- Russian PEN Centre 

- Association of European Journalists (AEJ)

- Foundation for the Development of Democratic Initiatives - Poland 

- Independent Journalism Center - Moldova 

- Alliance of Independent Journalists - Indonesia 

- PEN Quebec

- Fundacja Panoptykon - Poland

- International Media Support

- Human Rights Monitoring Institute - Lithuania

- Warsaw Branch, Association of Polish Journalists (SDP)

- The Steering Committee of the Civil Society Forum of th Eastern Partnership

- The South African Centre of PEN International

- Estonian Human Rights Centre

- Vikes Foundation, Finland

- Public Concern at Work, UK

- Center for Democracy & Technology


Petition in other languages:

Лидеры Евросоюза: прекратите массовую слежку!

Líderes europeos: Paren la vigilancia masiva

Dirigeants européens: Arrêtez la surveillance de masse!

Europas Staats-und Regierungschefs: Stoppen Sie die Massenüberwachung!

Liderzy Unii Europejskiej: zaprzestańcie masowej inwigilacji!

Лидери на ЕС: Cпрете масовото наблюдение

EL liidrid: Peatage massiline jälitustegevus

Recent signatures


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    Reasons for signing

      • 12 months ago

      Mass surveillance is just the first step to a controlled totalitarian state. With the recent erosion of civil liberties we are heading closer and closer to a government in an Orwell novel.

      • 12 months ago

      The UK seems to be sleepwalking into passive acceptance of government checks on all aspects of our lives. This should NOT happen in a so-called 'free' and 'democratic' state.

    • justine sanson LILLE, FRANCE
      • 12 months ago

      freedom of speech and opinion make a democracy strong and people feel free to improve their lives by developing new ideas.

    • Erwin Schirge GERMANY
      • 12 months ago

      because the whole Matter is leading into an Anti-Democtatic Society, with no more privicy and no respect for the individual

    • Renato Kempter LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND
      • 12 months ago

      Privacy & Freedom


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