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Petitioning Stella Kyriakides, European Commission

Ban the use of wild animals in circuses

[Spanish] [French] [Italian] [Dutch] On Easter Monday 2018 there was a road crash in Spain involving five circus elephants. It left one elephant dead and two severely injured. It was only a matter of chance that no people were hurt. This tragedy could have been avoided - that’s why I’m calling for the use of wild animals in circuses to be banned in the European Union. Recent reports show shocking incidents involving the public and wild animals in circuses across Europe. These often involve circuses and animals which, travel all around the continent endangering the health and safety of European citizens. In Spain, a few weeks ago a hippo escaped for the fifth reported time. The elephants involved in this latest incident were on their way to their next performance location with Spanish Circus Gottani. They had been smuggled out of Germany and were forced to France, Latvia, Lithuania, Ireland and, eventually, Spain. The family who owns the elephants has a record of negligent behavior which has led to several incidents. The large majority of EU Member States has already banned or severely restricted the use of wild animals in circuses. The veterinary community has already urged the European and other competent authorities to simply prohibit the use of wild mammals in travelling circuses. We too are calling for the end of the practice. It is time for the European Union to act. Only this can guarantee a solution to the physical and emotional suffering of wild animals in circuses and to the related public security risks. Please sign and share.

Infocircos .org
889,900 supporters
Petitioning Edouard Philippe, Antonio Tajani, François de Rugy, Stanislas Guerini, Emmanuel Macron, Brigitte Macron, Donald Tusk, nicolas hulot, Council of the European Union, European Parliament, European Com...

Coller des animaux vivants : NON MERCI

Le Conseil d'Etat valide la chasse à la glu.   Je m'appelle Laurent KLEIN-PIERRON, je suis directeur de jardinerie et engagé politiquement comme animateur local au sein de la République En Marche à Montigny les Metz en Moselle. Je ne me prétends pas être particulièrement écologiste ou défenseur de la cause animale mais simplement un citoyen responsable qui pense que la barbarie n'a pas sa place dans les grandes démocraties. Comment prétendre vouloir sauver la planète et d'un autre côté ne pas se préoccuper d'un acteur majeur de la biodiversité qui disparait années après années. Malgré nos différences je pense que l'on peut se rassembler sur un sujet « transpartisan » qui nous concerne tous. Cette chasse dite «traditionnelle», jugée «cruelle» par les défenseurs des oiseaux, consiste à capturer des oiseaux à l’aide de baguettes en bois enduites de glu et dissimulées dans la végétation, sur des arbres ou buissons. Les chasseurs viennent ensuite décoller ceux qui ont été pris au piège et les nettoyer, souvent à l’aide d’un solvant. Gardés vivants, les oiseaux sont placés dans des petites cages, pour attirer grâce à leur présence leurs congénères, qui seront tirés au fusil. "Ils oublient que restant collés, (les oiseaux) peuvent se blesser et mourir d'épuisement ou de stress dans leur tentative de libération. En outre, le 'prélèvement' de l'animal par les chasseurs se réalise avec des solvants toxiques. S'il parvient toutefois à être défait de cette glu, l'oiseau peut également présenter des lésions traumatiques qui lui seront fatales les heures suivantes" Tous ensemble mobilisons nous pour faire pression sur les pouvoirs publics et la commission Européenne pour que cette chasse barbare soit bannie. Il est inadmissible dans les démocraties qui se disent mobilisées pour sauver la planète nous ne nous préoccupions pas des habitants de celle-ci. Protéger la biodiversité n'est pas une passion ou un hobby pour bobos parisiens mais une nécessité pour la planète et l'équilibre de la vie sur terre.  En seulement 30 ans, plus de 420 millions d'oiseaux en Europe ont disparu La sixième extinction massive de la biodiversité est bien en marche : en seulement 30 ans, 421 millions d'oiseaux ont disparu, non pas sur Terre mais seulement en Europe ! C'est l'estimation édifiante réalisée par une étude publiée dans le journal scientifique Ecology Letters. Pour les auteurs, « le déclin global de la biodiversité est sans précédent » (dans l'histoire de l'humanité). Les alertes scientifiques, les mobilisations internationales et locales semblent inefficaces devant le rouleau-compresseur d'une société marchande aveugle à son propre support de vie. Résultat : les écosystèmes s'appauvrissent ou sont méthodiquement stérilisés comme en témoigne le projet de barrage de Sivens en France qui a détruit une zone humide remarquable qui abritait de nombreuses espèces pourtant « protégées ». Si quelques espèces en voie d'extinction connaissent parfois un peu de répit, elles sont trop souvent les représentantes de la biodiversité symbolique, celle qui marque les esprits : pandas, baleines… Laissant de côté les espèces plus communes, dont les oiseaux, qui paient pourtant un lourd tribut. Cette étude menée par Richard Inger et Richard Gregory s'est basée sur 144 espèces d'oiseaux européens sur une échelle de 30 ans. Les données exploitées proviennent du Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme En effet, ces oiseaux offrent de multiples avantages pour les écosystèmes : ils aident à lutter contre les ravageurs en contrôlant leur prolifération, ils disséminent les graines des fruits qu'ils mangent et participent ainsi à la reproduction des végétaux. De plus, les oiseaux détritivores jouent un rôle clé dans l'élimination des charognes dans l'environnement. En outre, pour beaucoup de gens, les oiseaux demeurent le principal moyen dont ils interagissent avec les animaux sauvages, en écoutant leurs chants, en profitant de leur présence, en les alimentant et les observant. https://www.birdlife.org/europe-and-central-asia/news/les-oiseaux-des-champs-une-population-en-voie-de-disparition-en-europe MOBILISONS NOUS !!! MERCI POUR VOTRE CONTRIBUTION

Laurent KLEIN-PIERRON
295,360 supporters
Petitioning Council of the European Union, European Commission, European Parliament, Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations), United Nations

Premio Nobel de la Paz para Jordi Sànchez y Jordi Cuixart

Jordi Sànchez y Jordi Cuixart fueron los primeros presos políticos encerrados por el procés de Catalunya. Fueron acusados de un supuesto delito de sedición y enviados a la cárcel de Soto del Real en octubre de 2017. Están en prisión por sus ideas políticas y por ejercer sus derechos de expresión y participación política sin haber usado jamás la violencia. Que estén privados de libertad precisamente por estas causas es una vulneración del derecho internacional. Por eso pedimos el Premio Nobel de la Paz para Jordi Sànchez y Jordi Cuixart. Firma aquí para que le den este reconocimiento a su labor por expresar la voluntad de un pueblo. Durante estos meses, los Jordis han permanecido en una prisión del Estado español y sus únicas vías de contacto con el mundo exterior son el correo postal y alguna visita ocasional. “Nuestras instituciones han recibido un ataque sin precedentes, pero la respuesta también lo está siendo: más serenos que nunca, más cívicos y pacíficos que nunca, pero con todo el coraje y la determinación”, dijo Jordi Cuixart poco después de su ingreso en prisión. Firma si tú también crees que ambos merecen el Premio Nobel de la Paz, que se otorga a personas que han contribuido notablemente a la sociedad. [English version]

Rita Bocca
199,792 supporters
Petitioning BlackRock, BNPParibas , State Farm Insurance Cos., Barclays, HSBC, Banco Santander, JBS, Vanguard, Cargill, Marfrig , European Commission, United States Supreme Court, China, belgium, Denmark, neth...

Retiren la inversión que deforesta el Amazonas

(English) Desde hace tres semanas el Amazonas arde sin ningún tipo de control. Sólo en los últimos días se han registrado más de 12.500 incendios en 4 países, sin el esfuerzo necesario para apagarlos. El 80% del territorio deforestado en Brasil se dedicará a criar vacuno y a cultivar soja (soya) para pienso de los pollos, cerdos y vacas que comeremos. Toda la carne que consumimos está detrás de la pérdida del Amazonas: China, Unión Europea y Estados Unidos son los mayores importadores desde Brasil. ADM, Bunge, Cargill, Dreyfus, JBS, Marfrig, Minerva, Benavides Madeiras, Nordisk Timber, Tradelink, Usina y Temate son las principales agroempresas, productoras de soya, ganado, madera y azúcar. BlackRock, Capital Group, HSBC, JPMorgan, BNP y Banco Santander sus máximos inversores/prestamistas El 44% de las exportaciones de Brasil vienen de estos productos (soja, ternera, azúcar y madera), mayoritariamente de tierras deforestadas del Amazonas y el Cerrado. PEDIMOS A LA UNIÓN EUROPEA, CHINA Y ESTADOS UNIDOS QUE DEJEN DE IMPORTAR CARNE, SOJA Y MADERA DE TIERRAS DEFORESTADAS DE BRASIL E INCIDAN EN UN CAMBIO DE POLÍTICA AGROFORESTAL EN LA AMAZONÍA PEDIMOS A LAS ENTIDADES INVERSORAS Y PRESTATARIAS QUE RETIREN SU APOYO A PRODUCTOS Y EMPRESAS BRASILEÑAS QUE OPERAN EN TIERRAS DEFORESTADAS LO EXIGIMOS COMO CIUDADANOS/AS, CON EL PODER DE DEJAR DE CONSUMIR LA CARNE ALIMENTADA CON INCENDIOS DE BOSQUES. --- El Amazonas ha sido hasta ahora el mayor bosque tropical del planeta, dándonos el 20% del oxígeno que respiramos y albergando el 10% de la biodiversidad global. Ha sido el hogar de un millón de indígenas y aún es fundamental como sumidero de nuestro CO2 en la emergencia climática ante la que nos encontramos. En las últimas dos semanas se ha incrementado en un 80% el número de incendios en la Amazonía y en el Cerrado, sobre todo en Brasil (Rondonia y Mato Grosso), Bolivia (Chiquitanía), Perú y Paraguay. No se están poniendo los medios adecuados para apagar estos incendios en ninguno de los países. En el caso de Brasil, el 80% del territorio deforestado se dedica a soya (para cualquier pienso animal) y ternera. Si redujésemos nuestro demanda de carne, se reducirían los motivos para deforestar intencionadamente. El 23% de la economía brasileña proviene de las exportaciones, y la mayor parte de ellas son de esta soya (soja) y de ternera. Más áreas de cultivo agrícola beneficia a las exportaciones a corto plazo. La manera más sencilla de ampliar frontera agrícola es quemando los árboles, lo que aún se complica más en época seca. En el informe reciente de Amazon Watch se identifican las principales empresas brasileñas que exportan soya, carne, madera y azúcar y el apoyo financiero que recibían. Soya: China es la principal compradora de soya brasileña. Las principales empresas son ADM, Bunge, Cargill y Dreyfus, con capital estadounidense y europeo. El crédito fundamentalmente llega de BNP Paribas, JP Morgan, Barclays, Bank of America, Citigroup y Deutsche Bank. La inversión proviene de Vaguard, State Farm y BlackRock. Carne: el 41% de la ternera que comemos en Europa proviene de Brasil. La piel de vacuno brasileña se exporta fundamentalmente a Italia y Estados Unidos. JBS, Marfrig y Minerva son las principales empresas exportadoras de carne de ternera. Fundamentalmente obtienen su crédito de HSBC, Banco Santander, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley y Bank of America. Capital group, BlackRock y Fidelity financian sobre todo a JBS, de acuerdo a Amazon Watch. Madera: al menos la mitad de la madera exportada proviene de tala ilegal. Benavides Madeiras, Nordisk Timber y Tradelink son las principales exportadoras brasileñas. Las compradoras son mayoritariamente empresas europeas de distribución de madera, sobre todo de Bélgica, Holanda, y Dinamarca, seguidas por Francia, Reino Unido, Canadá y Estados Unidos. Azúcar: un producto que hoy en día está en cada alimento procesado, en cada bebida y hasta en el pan. Usina y Temate son las principales productoras brasileñas que venden a las dos principales refinerías (ASR y ED&F) con compradores tan claves como Pepsi o Coca-cola para sus bebidas azucaradas. Pidamos que se retire la inversión y la compra de estos productos que llevan la huella de la Amazonía brasileña deforestada. Como consumidores, hagamos que nuestras firmas se conviertan en nuestra voluntad por reducir la compra de carne y alimentos envasados, sabiendo que lleva la huella de la deforestación amazónica, que condena nuestro futuro y el del planeta. Más información aquí <---- @rosaenlatierra #AmazonDefenders #PrayforAmazonia #SaveAmazonRainforest

Rosa en la Tierra
130,747 supporters
Petitioning European Commission

Für ein EU-weites Verbot von Wildtieren im Zirkus

Am Ostermontag kam es in Spanien zu einem Verkehrsunfall mit fünf Zirkuselefanten. Der Unfall führte zum Tod eines Elefanten und zwei weitere wurden schwer verletzt. Nur durch Zufall wurden keine Menschen verletzt. Diese Tragödie hätte verhindert werden können - deshalb fordere ich ein Verbot des Einsatzes von Wildtieren in Zirkussen in der Europäischen Union. Aktuelle Berichte belegen schockierende Zwischenfälle mit der Bevölkerung und wilden Tieren in Zirkussen in ganz Europa. Nicht selten sind dabei  Zirkusunternehmen  und deren Tiere beteiligt, welche auf dem ganzen Kontinent unterwegs sind und so die Gesundheit sowie Sicherheit der europäischen Bürger gefährden. So ist in Spanien vor einigen Wochen bereits zum fünften Mal in Folge der Ausbruch eines Flußpferds dokumentiert worden. Die Elefanten, die bei dem jüngsten Unfall beteiligt waren, waren auf dem Weg zu ihrem nächsten Aufführungsort mit dem spanischen Circus Gottani. Die Tiere wurden vor Jahren illegal  aus Deutschland geschmuggelt und in der Folge u.a. durch Frankreich, Lettland, Litauen, Irland und schließlich Spanien transportiert. Die Familie, der die Elefanten gehören, ist in der Vergangenheit schon durch fahrlässiges Verhalten aufgefallen, welches zu mehreren Vorkommnissen geführt hat. Die große Mehrheit der EU-Mitgliedstaaten hat den Einsatz von Wildtieren in Zirkussen bereits verboten oder stark eingeschränkt. Die Europäische Tierärztevereinigung  hat die europäischen wie auch die zuständigen Behörden der Mitgliedsstaaten bereits aufgefordert, den Einsatz von Säugetieren wild lebender Arten in Wanderzirkussen zu verbieten. Auch ich fordere das Ende dieser Praxis. Es ist an der Zeit, dass die Europäische Union handelt. Nur so können die physischen und psychischen Leiden von Wildtieren in Zirkussen beendet und die damit verbundenen Risiken für die öffentliche Sicherheit verringert werden. Bitte unterschreiben und teilen.

Infocircos .org
889,900 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Karmenu Vella

Garantire il diritto alla riparabilità nel pacchetto sull'economia circolare in Europa

Per il Diritto alla Riparazione Rischiamo di perdere un’occasione unica per trasformare la nostra attuale economia “usa e getta”: c’è il rischio concreto che i paesi membri dell’Unione Europea diluiscano o votino contro alcune misure chiave del Pacchetto sull’Economia Circolare, che stipula prodotti più riparabili e più longevi. L’Italia e’ tra i paesi che stanno bloccando il voto. L’Italia deve pubblicamente cessare di opporsi al voto. Perché questo è fondamentale? Non c’è mai stata così tanta sensibilità tra la gente e così tanto supporto per la lotta contro gli sprechi, con la crisi della plastica nel mare e lo spreco alimentare che hanno visto una mobilizzazione di massa attraverso l’Europa e nel mondo durante quest’ultimo anno. E oltre il cibo e il packaging, il pubblico vuole che tutti i prodotti siano migliori. Un’inchiesta realizzata da Eurobarometer rivela che il 77% dei cittadini europei è a favore di prodotti più riparabili. **A livello globale, questo è l’anno in cui, secondo le stime, produrremo circa 50 milioni di tonnellate di rifiuti elettronici, l’equivalente di quasi 1000 Titanic** La Commissione Europea ha lavorato per anni sul Pacchetto sull’economia circolare con politiche per governare le risorse ed i rifiuti, che fissano obiettivi per il riciclo più ambiziosi e nuove misure che renderanno elettrodomestici e prodotti elettronici più riparabili e longevi garantendo: l’accesso ai pezzi di ricambio la documentazione per la riparazione la facilità di smontaggio Non sono solo gli euroscettici che stanno cercando di bloccare questi nuovi standard trasformativi. Fabbricanti e lobbisti al soldo delle multinazionali stanno lavorando dietro le quinte per far naufragare le misure più innovative e più pro-pianeta che siano mai state avanzate. É arrivato il momento per l’Italia di intervenire affinché l’Europa difenda gli interessi della maggioranza dei suoi cittadini. Come la grande maggioranza dei cittadini europei, anche noi in Italia siamo stanchi dell’obsolescenza prematura dei prodotti che compriamo. E l’anno scorso, il Parlamento Europeo ha preso posizione votando in favore di prodotti elettronici più riparabili. L’Italia deve sostenere il Diritto alla Riparazione, che allo stesso tempo aiuterà i nostri portafogli, e salverà il pianeta. Come sarà consegnata Se riusciamo a raccogliere un numero sufficiente di firme, consegneremo la petizione al governo italiano a Roma e alla delegazione italiana presso l’Unione Europea, a Bruxelles.

Restarters Milano-GiacimentiUrbani
102,568 supporters
Victory
Petitioning United Nations

I stand with Carola Rackete

"When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty." The captain of the Sea-Watch 3 charity rescue vessel threatened Tuesday to enter Italian waters illegally to bring 42 migrants to shore after they spent 13 days in limbo at sea. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has banned the Dutch-flagged vessel from approaching under a "closed ports" policy, which has seen migrants repeatedly stranded at sea. "I will enter Italian waters and bring them to safety on Lampedusa," Carola Rackete said in an interview with La Repubblica daily, in reference to Italy's southernmost island. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg on Tuesday declined to intervene but called on Italy to "continue to provide all necessary assistance" to vulnerable migrants. The German NGO Sea-Watch had asked the ECHR to impose "interim measures" on Italy, saying the court could ask Rome to take urgent steps to resolve the standoff in order to "prevent serious and irremediable violations of human rights". Salvini said Tuesday the charity vessel could "stay there until Christmas and New Year" but would never be allowed in. Of the 53 migrants initially rescued by the Sea-Watch 3 off Libya on June 12, Italy took in 11 vulnerable people. "That's enough! Whatever Strasbourg tells us, with great serenity we will maintain our position," Salvini said. "Imagine if a country like Italy -- the second-largest industrial power in Europe -- let an NGO dictate immigration rules," he said. On Lampedusa, where Salvini's far-right League won 45 percent in May's European elections, a priest has camped in the street to demand those on board -- including three minors -- be allowed to disembark. Dozens of German cities have said they are ready to welcome them, and the Bishop of Turin, Cesare Noviglia, said Monday his diocese would be willing to take them in. "We can't hold on any longer. It's like we're in a prison because we are deprived of everything. Help us, think of us," one migrant from the Ivory Coast said in a video broadcast by Sea-Watch. In January, 32 migrants rescued by the vessel were stranded on board for 18 days before they were allowed to disembark in Malta thanks to a distribution deal made between several European countries. Those on board Sea-Watch 3 risk prosecution for aiding illegal immigration, as well as the seizure of the boat and a fine of 50,000 euros, according to a new decree of the Italian Minister of the Interior. Doctors Without Borders humanitarian affairs adviser Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui told the Star: “Every stand-off at sea further exposes how broken the European asylum system is, as politicians prioritise political point-scoring rather than the wellbeing of vulnerable people. “Men, women and children continue to flee Libya, where many suffer in detention centres in inhumane conditions amidst an active conflict. There must be sustainable, reliable and predictable disembarkation systems for survivors where they will be treated humanely and will be able to seek asylum. “As European governments criminalise search and rescue efforts, we see that they are losing their humanity. “Fining humanitarian actors for rescuing people at sea is like fining ambulances for bringing patients to hospital. “Saving lives is not a crime, it’s a duty. Life must prevail over political grandstanding.” We urge the European Institutions, the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights to take action and protect Carola against any charges. Saving life cannot be crimilanized. 

Tara Riva
101,228 supporters
Petitioning European Parliament, European Commission, Council of the European Union

Respect, promote and protect freedom of informed vaccination consent throughout Europe

Français  Italiano  Español  Deutsch  Polskie   Hrvatski  Português  Norsk  Slovene   Svenska  Magyar  Česky  Slovensky  Lietuviška. The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union states clearly: ‘Free and informed consent must be respected in the fields of medicine and biology’[1].   Approximately 40% of EU citizens[2] do not however have this basic right when faced with the medical act of vaccination.  This is a breach of our Universal Human Rights.  In 2011, the US Supreme Court ruled that vaccines are ‘unavoidably unsafe’[3], so mandatory vaccination as imposed on these citizens is not medically or ethically acceptable, especially where medical, religious or philosophical exemptions are not allowed. The EFVV (http://www.efvv.eu), a group representing some 20 European countries (both EU member states and non-EU members) is therefore demanding: 1.     That compulsory vaccination be abolished throughout Europe as it is a breach of our Universal Human Rights, 2.   That mandatory vaccination never be introduced in any country where vaccines are only recommended at present. 3.     That the Precautionary Principle be applied in the case of vaccination in Europe, 4.     That European citizens benefit from freedom of fully informed vaccination choice and consent, 5.     That an effective, independent European Vaccine Adverse Effect Reporting (VAER) system be established to monitor vaccine safety. Whatever your own government’s policy, please unite by signing and then sharing this petition far and wide. In 2016, it is estimated that nearly 400 million Europeans in EU member countries enjoy freedom of informed vaccination choice but approximately 258 million do not [4].  Vaccinations are mandatory in Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia[5] and potentially other countries if new members, e.g. Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia or others join the European Union.  We therefore call on all Europeans to stand together in a demand for a united vaccination policy based on freedom of informed choice and consent.  We also demand the formation of an independent and effective vaccino-vigilance unit with transparency and public availability of results.  We believe that mandatory vaccination must be abolished and an effective Vaccine Adverse Effect Reporting (VAER) system established because: Any involuntary or enforced medical treatment is a breach of:        o   the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights,       o   the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union,       o   the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child,       o   the European Council’s Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Dignity of the Human Being with regard to the Application of Biology and Medicine: Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine,       o   the European Charter of Patients’ Rights,       o   the UN’s International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,        o   and even the Nuremberg Code (a set of research ethics principles for medical experimentation on humans set as a result of the Subsequent Nuremberg Trials at the end of the Second World War). In detail: The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union states clearly: ‘Everyone has the right to respect for his or her physical and mental integrity’[6].  It also states: ‘Free and informed consent must be respected in the fields of medicine and biology’[7] and lastly: ‘The prohibition of eugenic practices and of making the human body and its parts as such a source of financial gain must be respected’[8].The European Council’s Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Dignity of the Human Being with regard to the Application of Biology and Medicine states clearly: ‘The interests and welfare of the human being shall prevail over the sole interest of society or science’[9].  It also states: ‘An intervention in the health field may only be carried out after the person concerned has given free and informed consent to it.  This person shall beforehand be given appropriate information as to the purpose and nature of the intervention as well as on its consequences and risks.  The person concerned may freely withdraw consent at any time.’[10]The European Charter of Patients’ Rights states clearly: ‘Every individual has the right of access to all information that might enable him or her to actively participate in the decisions regarding his or her health; this information is a prerequisite for any procedure and treatment, including the participation in scientific research (4 – Right to Consent)[11]’.  It also states:  ‘Each individual has the right to freely choose from among different treatment procedures and providers on the basis of adequate information (5 – Right to Free Choice)’[12] and also ‘Each individual has the right to be free from harm caused by the poor functioning of health services, medical malpractice and errors, and the right of access to health services and treatments that meet high safety standards (9 – Right to Safety)’[13].The UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child states clearly: ‘Parents … have the primary responsibility for the upbringing and development of the child. The best interests of the child will be their basic concern’[14].The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights states clearly: ‘Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes… freedom … to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance’[15].The Nuremberg Code states clearly: ‘The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential.’[16]Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs), which would include Vaccine Adverse Effects (VAEs), are reported to be the fifth-leading cause of hospital death in the EU[17] but this could be even higher since there is gross under-reporting of these events, as acknowledged by David Kessler, head of the FDA during most of the 90s[18], and in the case of vaccines, failure to acknowledge a causal link is a further problem.The US Supreme Court has ruled that vaccines are ‘unavoidably unsafe’[19].According to the German Criminal Code [20], vaccination is an invasive medical act causing bodily harm and as such, it requires the informed consent of either the individual being vaccinated or his/her carers.  It has however been acknowledged officially that there are still enormous gaps in current scientific knowledge regarding vaccination, so the provision of full and comprehensive prior information is simply not possible.  Vaccine package inserts[21] list many possible adverse effects, sometimes including death.  As long as there is risk involved in a medical procedure, if safety cannot be guaranteed and if comprehensive prior information cannot be given, the Precautionary Principle must be applied.It has been shown in regions with freedom of informed vaccination choice that high WHO-recommended levels of vaccine uptake are achieved without mandatory vaccination [22].Each European country sees legal responsibility for vaccine damage differently but in the main, medical and political authorities as well as the vaccine manufacturers are not fully accountable, leaving victims with no compensation or support.No significant research has yet been done to compare the health of vaccinated vs unvaccinated children but there are an increasing number of studies suggesting that unvaccinated children enjoy far greater health than their vaccinated peers[23].  This is an area where further research is needed. Given all of the above, we demand: 1.  That mandatory vaccination be abolished in all European countries, 2.  That mandatory vaccination never be introduced in any country where vaccines are only recommended at present, 3.  That the Precautionary Principle be applied in the case of vaccination in Europe, 4.  That European citizens benefit from freedom of fully informed vaccination choice and consent, a universal human right, 5.  And that an independent vaccino-vigilance unit be established where Vaccine Adverse Effects (VAEs) will be reported and the number and severity of VAEs in Europe will be easily accessible to all.  Footnotes: [1] http://www.europarl.europa.eu/charter/pdf/text_en.pdf, Article 3, page 9 [2] Calculated using http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_European_countries_by_population and http://www.eurosurveillance.org/images/dynamic/EE/V17N22/DAncona_tab1.jpg [3] Bruesewitz v. Wyeth LLC, 131 S. Ct. 1068, 179 L.Ed.2d 1 (2011), http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/10pdf/09-152.pdf [4] Calculated using http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_European_countries_by_population and http://www.eurosurveillance.org/images/dynamic/EE/V17N22/DAncona_tab1.jpg[5] http://www.eurosurveillance.org/images/dynamic/EE/V17N22/DAncona_tab1.jpg[6] http://www.europarl.europa.eu/charter/pdf/text_en.pdf, Article 3, page 9[7] http://www.europarl.europa.eu/charter/pdf/text_en.pdf, Article 3, page 9[8] http://www.europarl.europa.eu/charter/pdf/text_en.pdf, Article 3, page 9.[9] http://conventions.coe.int/Treaty/en/Treaties/Html/164.htm, Article 2 – Primacy of the Human Being[10] http://conventions.coe.int/Treaty/en/Treaties/Html/164.htm, Article 5 – General Rule[11]http://ec.europa.eu/health/archive/ph_overview/co_operation/mobility/docs/health_services_co108_en.pdf, page 5[12]http://ec.europa.eu/health/archive/ph_overview/co_operation/mobility/docs/health_services_co108_en.pdf, page 5[13]http://ec.europa.eu/health/archive/ph_overview/co_operation/mobility/docs/health_services_co108_en.pdf, page 6[14] http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/CRC.aspx, Article 18[15] https://treaties.un.org/doc/Publication/UNTS/Volume%20999/volume-999-I-14668-English.pdf, Article 18, page 8.[16] http://history.nih.gov/research/downloads/nuremberg.pdf, Item 1, page 1[17] Arlett, Dr. Peter, Setting the Scene: New European Union Pharmacovigilance Legislation, November 2012, slide 6 - (http://www.ema.europa.eu/docs/en_GB/document_library/Presentation/2013/01/WC500137839.pdf) and also https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4412588/ [18] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16689555 [19] Bruesewitz v. Wyeth LLC, 131 S. Ct. 1068, 179 L.Ed.2d 1 (2011), http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/10pdf/09-152.pdf [20]http://www.impfkritik.de/upload/pdf/Koerperverletzung/Koerperverletzung-IfSG-Erdle.pdf: §§ 20-22 (§ 223 in the German Criminal Code)[21] http://www.vaccinesafety.edu/package_inserts.htm [22] For example, uptake is at 97% in Scotland: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Child-Health/publications/index.asp [23] http://www.vaxchoicevt.com/science/studies-comparing-vaccinated-to-unvaccinated-populations/, http://www.efi-online.de/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/VaccineFreeChildrenHealthier.pdf,  http://www.rescuepost.com/files/mawson-et-al-2017-vax-unvax-jnl-translational-science.pdf and  http://vaccineinjury.info/survey/comparison-of-the-state-of-health-of-unvaccinated-and-vaccinated-children.html

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