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Petitioning European Parliament

Save the Freedom of Photography! #saveFoP

On 9 July 2015, the European Parliament might destroy photography. The Freedom of taking photos in public places is under attack. Until now, in most countries in Europe you were safe to take and publish photographs that are taken from public ground – This is called Freedom of Panorama. When you were on vacation, you could take a photo from the London Eye and share it with your friends on Facebook*. If someone wanted to pay you for using this photo, that was okay as well. But this is about to change may destroy photography as we know it. Julia Reda, member of the European Parliament, tried to bring the Freedom of Panorama to all countries of the EU, as few countries like France and Italy don’t have such law yet. In the majority of countries such as the UK, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria and Croatia, you’re safe to take, publish and sell photos of public buildings when taken from public grounds. However, the current draft turned the proposal upside down. Instead of bringing the Freedom of Panorama to the few countries that don’t know such law yet, it would take it away from all those who do. With this, Street-, Travel- and Architecture-Photography would be dead as we know it. It is impossible to find out the architect of every public building in order to ask for permission before you can publish and possibly sell the photo. I therefore call on the members of the European Parliament to Not limit the Freedom of Panorama in any way and instead to Bring the Freedom of Panorama to all member states of the EU so that the European Citizens can be assured to act within the law when taking and publishing photographs of public buildings anywhere in the European Union. This is necessary to embrace our European Culture and Art!   In addition to signing the petition, here you can find an exemplary e-mail that you can send to your local representative in the parliament: E-Mail So far the e-mail is available in English, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish. *As Julia Reda, member of the European Parliament, points out, even the private upload of a photograph on Facebook would need the consent of the architect, as with the upload you grant Facebook a license to commercially use the photograph. Petition in German here, in Italian here   For the media requests: Nico Trinkhaus, Freelance Travel Photographer and Founder of PhotoClaim As a travel photographer I try to capture the landmarks of the world in the best light, to motivate as many people as possible to start travelling and exploring cultures. This wouldn't be possible without the Freedom of Panorama. Since I'm working as a photographer all over Europe, I also know the disadvantages of the still not completely harmonized copyright law in the EU. To protect photographers rights, I started PhotoClaim, a service that helps photographers to enforce their rights in the other European countries. Photography as an art must be able to capture the beauty and culture of the world, without the photographer being afraid to break the law.  

Nico Trinkhaus
555,230 supporters
Petitioning Theresa May MP, RSPCA, Xi Jinping, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, UK Parliament, European Parliament, National People's Congress, Elizabeth ll

Make animal cruelty illegal in China.

China is one of if not the worst country when it comes to animal cruelty, each year thousands of animals are brutally killed and in front of each other. Did you know regularly in China dogs are stuffed into small cages before being hanged up by their paws and skinned alive, this happens in front of other dogs and those dogs see what's going to happen to them and they start barking and wailing in fear and for what so some rich people can wear fur clothing? This has to stop every animal can feel pain people need to stop thinking that because they can't speak they can't feel either and that means we control them but we don't! Animals were here first this is their world not ours we need to respect them! In the photo attached to this petition you can see a dog very much still alive having a leg sawn off and there's more to come for that terrified dog and many other animals. Pets are actually stolen off of the street, taken from their loving homes and killed in the most painful ways possible. I am absolutely disgraced to be human if that's what other humans will do for no good reason. Some of us clearly have no humanity in us if we can do this to poor defenceless animals or just sit back and pretend it's not happening because it is happening... right now! So please be the right kind of human and have humanity, sign the petition do these animals good and pass it on so we have a greater chance of stopping this. Please help them, because they need you to care.

Animal Rights
205,799 supporters
Petitioning European Parliament

Pour la levée de l'immunité parlementaire de Marine Le Pen !

D'après les conclusions de l'enquête de l'Office européen de lutte antifraude, Marine Le Pen a volé les contribuables européens (vous, moi, ses électeurs) - mais demande aujourd'hui que cela soit passé sous silence avant les élections ! Madame Le Pen a refusé de répondre aux questions de la police judiciaire dans le cadre de l'enquête sur les soupçons d'emplois fictifs d'assistants parlementaires au Parlement européen. Que l'on se "rassure", elle ne "tente pas de se soustraire ainsi à la justice" : elle refuse juste d'être mise en cause avant les élections. Madame Le Pen aurait-elle gros à perdre? (Si elle n'a rien à se reprocher, ne devrait-elle pas s'empresser de participer à l'enquête justement pour faire la lumière sur son "innocence"?) Mais au contraire, elle refuse de se soumettre à la justice et a même eu le culot, lors d'une intervention télévisée, de demander à la justice de ne pas "perturber" la présidentielle. (De nouveau, si l'enquête ne pouvait que prouver son innocence, cela ne serait-il pas du pain béni pour celle qui invoque en permanence le "harcèlement injuste" dont elle est victime ?) Son avocat Rodolphe Bosselut invoque un "principe républicain, qui n'est certes qu'un usage, qui veut que lorsque de grandes échéances électorales sont en cours, il existe une trêve judiciaire. Cette trêve a un double avantage : celui de protéger les investigations, qui ne sont pas de ce fait frappées de suspicion, mais également le cours du processus démocratique." Ce serait donc protéger le cours du processus démocratique que d'exposer la duplicité d'un candidat avant les élections ? Laissez-moi rire. Pour rappel, l'Office européen de lutte antifraude (Olaf) reproche à Marine Le Pen et à certains députés européens du FN d'avoir fait salarier une vingtaine de collaborateurs par le Parlement alors qu'ils travaillaient pour leur parti. (Ce qui revient à dire que l'ensemble des contribuables européens auraient été mis à contribution pour financer le FN, "à l'insu de leur plein gré".) Le Parlement européen réclame 339 000 € à Madame Le Pen, qu'elle refuse (bien évidemment) de payer. Et elle n'est pas la seule à être visée par cette enquête : six députés FN doivent rembourser la bagatelle de 1,1 million d'euros. Oui, cet argent va être prélevé sur leurs indemnités mensuelles - il y aura donc remboursement. Mais à des "conditions préférentielles" (étalement de la dette sur des mois), et voilà maintenant qu'on nous parle de "trêve judicaire" pour ne pas entraver les chances de Marine dans la course à la présidence ! Et ne parlons pas des sommes réclamées aux députés FN de la mandature précédente (avant 2014), dans laquelle Jean-Marie Le Pen et Bruno Gollnisch sont mis en cause pour la "bagatelle" de presque 600 000 € ! Je rappelle que le Parlement européen est financé par les contribuables européens, c'est à dire vous et moi. Détourner des fonds revient donc à les voler dans la poche des contribuables européens (vous et moi). Je refuse de financer le FN "à l'insu de mon plein gré" ! S'il s'avère que l'enquête ne peut avoir pour résultat que de prouver que Madame Le Pen vole les citoyens qui vont bientôt voter pour la prochaine élection présidentielle, il me semble essentiel que cet élément soit connu de tous AVANT les élections ! N'en déplaise à maître Bosselut, je demande donc que l'immunité parlementaire de Madame Le Pen soit levée afin que l'enquête ne soit pas entravée, justement afin de préserver le "cours du processus démocratique."

Fanélie C.
236,625 supporters
Victory
Petitioning European Parliament

¡Salvemos la Libertad de Fotografía en Europa!

Estás de vacaciones en Madrid, llegas a la Puerta de Alcalá y quieres hacer una foto desde el El Retiro, con el plano de fondo de la Gran vía apareciendo detrás del arco central de la Puerta. Olvídate. Si subes esa foto a tu blog o a tu perfil de Facebook o Twitter puede que estés infringiendo una ley europea y que tengas que recortar de la imagen el famoso monumento. ¿Te imaginas que a partir de ahora tuvieras que pagar derechos de autor al artista o arquitecto que haya creado el monumento que tú has inmortalizado? Si no lo haces, puedes ser multado. Esto puede ocurrir sino lo paramos. Y sólo tenemos hasta el 9 de julio para movilizarnos. Hasta ahora, en la mayoría de países de Europa cualquier ciudadano podía tomar y difundir  una foto de algún monumento o edificio sin ningún problema. Es lo que se conoce como “Libertad de Panorama”. Y significa que si, por ejemplo, estás de vacaciones en Londres, puedes retratar el London Eye y compartir tu instantánea con tus amigos en Facebook sin ningún tipo de limitación. Ahora, un nuevo proyecto de ley europea propone eliminar la “Libertad de Panorama” de aquellos países en los que ya existe. De esta forma, la fotografía de calles, lugares, monumentos y arquitectura desaparecería tal y como la conocemos. Porque resulta imposible encontrar al arquitecto de cada edificio público para pedirle permiso antes de publicar o comercializar una fotografía.  Si crees que esto es una locura, te pido que firmes esta petición con la que le estamos pidiendo al Parlamento Europeo que no limite la libertad de panorama de ninguna manera y en ningún lugar. Lo que queremos es todo lo contrario: extender esta libertad a todos los estados miembros de la UE, de tal forma que cualquier ciudadano europeo pueda estar seguro de que actúa dentro de los límites de la Ley cuando saca fotografías de edificios públicos. ¡Firma esta petición para defender el arte y la cultura europea! 

Victoriano Izquierdo
555,230 supporters
Petitioning UK Parliament, European Parliament

Ban occupying forces from closing Al Alaqsa Mosque

Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem has been closed today by occupying forces and several Palestinians have been shot dead in the Mosque. Today is the first time since 1948 where Friday's prayers did not take place for the locals. If this incident occurred in any other Mosque in the world then there would be an outcry from faith goers across the world. We need to preserve the Human right for every worshipper to follow their faith without intervention from external forces. I would urge everyone to share the message of hope to maintain level of decency and standard  by backing this support of every worshipper regardless of which religion to be permitted to attend place of worship.

Asad Baig
86,537 supporters
Victory
Petitioning European Parliament

Rettet die Panoramafreiheit! #savefop

Am 9. Juli 2015 könnte das Europäische Parlament die Fotografie zerstören.Die Freiheit des Fotografierens in an öffentlichen Plätzen steht auf dem Spiel. Bisher war es in den meisten europäischen Ländern erlaubt, Fotos im öffentlichen Raum zu schießen und anschließend zu veröffentlichen - das nennt man Panoramafreiheit. Wenn man im Urlaub war, konnte man ein Bild vom London Eye machen und mit seinen Freunden auf Facebook teilen*. Und wenn dich jemand dafür bezahlen wollte, dieses Bild zu verwenden, dann war das auch in Ordnung. Beides soll sich nun ändern und das könnte die Fotografie, so wie wir sie kennen, zerstören.Julia Reda, Mitglied des Europäischen Parlaments, hat versucht, die Panoramafreiheit auf alle EU-Länder auszuweiten, da einige Länder wie z.B. Frankreich und Italien solche Gesetze noch nicht implementiert haben. In den meisten Ländern (Großbritannien, Spanien, Portugal, Deutschland, Niederlande, Polen, Tschechien, Slowakei, Ungarn, Österreich, Kroatien) ist es erlaubt, Bilder im öffentlichen Raum zu machen, zu veröffentlichen und auch zu vertreiben, auch wenn darauf öffentliche Gebäude zu erkennen sind.Allerdings verdreht der gegenwärtige Gesetzesentwurf diesen Vorschlag. Anstatt die Panoramafreiheit auf die wenigen Länder auszuweiten, die noch keine gesetzliche Regelung dafür besitzen, raubt dieser Entwurf diese Freiheit in allen anderen Ländern. Damit würde Straßen-, Reise- und Architektur-Fotografie in der Weise, wie wir sie kennen, verboten werden. Es ist schlicht unmöglich, den Architekten eines jeden öffentlichen Gebäudes ausfindig zu machen, um anschließend eine Veröffentlichungserlaubnis einzuholen, um die eigenen Fotos rechtmäßig zu verkaufen.Deshalb rufe ich die Mitglieder des Europäischen Parlaments dazu auf, - die Panoramafreiheit nicht zu beschneidenund stattdessen- die Panoramafreiheit in allen Mitgliedsstaaten der EU einzuführendamit alle europäischen Bürger/innen sicher gehen können, dass sie rechtmäßig handeln, wenn sie Fotos in der Öffentlichkeit machen und diese veröffentlichen wollen. Es geht dabei auch um die Förderung europäischer Kunst und Kultur! * Wie Julia Reda, MdEP, es formuliert, wäre es sogar bei einem privaten Hochladen von Fotos auf Facebook notwendig, die Einwilligung des Architekten einzuholen, da man Facebook beim Hochladen eine Lizenz zur kommerziellen Nutzung der eigenen Bilder garantiert.   Für mediale Anfragen: Nico Trinkhaus, selbständiger Reisefotograf und Gründer von PhotoClaim "Als Reisefotograf versuche ich die Wahrzeichen der Welt ins beste Licht zu setzen, um möglichst viele Menschen für andere Kulturen und Reisen zu interessieren. Die Panoramafreiheit ist hierfür unerlässlich. Da ich als Fotograf in ganz Europa tätig bin, kenne ich auch die Nachteile des noch nicht gänzlich harmonisierten Urheberrechts. Um die Rechte der Fotografen zu schützen, habe ich daher PhotoClaim gestartet, ein Service der Fotografen bei der Durchsetzung ihrer Rechte in anderen Ländern hilft. Die Fotografie muss als Kunst die Schönheit und Kultur der Welt festhalten können, ohne das der Fotograf sich in eine rechtliche Grauzone begeben muss."

Nico Trinkhaus
555,230 supporters
Petitioning European Parliament, European Human Rights, Amnesty International, European Commission, European Union

Tutuklanan HDP’li Milletvekilleri Serbest Bırakılsın!

Türkiye Cumhuriyeti’nin yurttaşıyım. Bu ülkede doğan her yurttaş gibi seçme ve seçilme hakkına sahibim. Oy verdiğim siyasi partinin eş genel başkanları ve milletvekilleri bugün bütün demokratik değerler çiğnenerek gözaltına alındılar. Gözaltına alınan eş genel başkanlarımız Selahattin Demirtaş ve Figen Yüksekdağ ile birlikte Seçilmiş milletvekillerimiz  İdris Baluken, Nursel Aydoğan, Ferhat Encü, Mehmet Ali Arslan, Gülser Yıldırım, Abdullah Zeydan ve Leyla Birlik tutuklandılar. Sayın Selahattin Demirtaş ve Sayın Figen Yüksekdağ oy verdiğim siyasi partinin eş genel başkanlarıdır. Şahidim ki Demirtaş’ın ve Yüksekdağ’ın barışı söylemediği, insan ölümlerinin durmasını istemediği tek beyanı yoktur. Selahattin Demirtaş ve Figen Yüksekdağ ile beraber seçilmiş milletvekillerinin tutuklanması kabul edilemez. Dava hukuki ise eğer onları sorgulayan ve tutuklayan mahkemelerin beni ve benim gibi düşünüp HDP’ye oy veren diğer seçmenleri de tutuklaması gerekmektedir. Zira ortada bir suç varsa aynı suçu defalarca işledim ve işlemeye devam edeceğim. 40 yıldır süregelen savaşın barışçıl yöntemlerle çözülmesini istemeye ve söylemeye devam edeceğim. Bu hukuksuzluğu ve yargılama sürecini yakından takip etmenizi ve Türkiye Demokrasisi için HDP’yle dayanışma göstermenizi rica ediyorum I am a citizen of the Turkish Republic. I am, by law, entitled to vote for members of parliament. Mr. Selahattin Demirtaş and Ms.Figen Yüksekdağ, who are the leaders of the political party HDP that I voted for and 7 Nursel Aydogan, Ferhat Encü, Mehmet Ali Arslan, Gülser Yıldırım, Abdullah Zeydan, Leyla Birlik, Idris Baluken have been detained and arrested following operations to forcibly enter their houses on the early hours of the 4th of November. Their doors have been knocked down and their pleas to have their lawyers have been ignored. I sincerely declare HDP as a party that has always stood for peace and both leaders have shown great effort to establish peace and solidarity among ethnic groups in Turkey, Turks and Kurds in particular. I would like to send a massage to the Turkish Government and their law makers and judges here: If promoting peace is a crime than I commit that crime too. I would put my name and signature under any speeches that were delivered in and outside the parliament by the leaders of HDP. I will continue to voice their legacy which is about ending a 40 year old war between Turkish state and Kurdish civilians and their representatives. We urge you to follow this unlawful case closely and show solidarity with HDP which has a crucial role in the democracy that we are trying to protect in Turkey.

İsmail Erdoğan
43,110 supporters
Petitioning European Parliament, European Human Rights, Amnesty International, European Commission, European Union

Tutuklanan HDP’li Milletvekilleri Serbest Bırakılsın!

Türkiye Cumhuriyeti’nin yurttaşıyım. Bu ülkede doğan her yurttaş gibi seçme ve seçilme hakkına sahibim. Oy verdiğim siyasi partinin eş genel başkanları ve milletvekilleri bugün bütün demokratik değerler çiğnenerek gözaltına alındılar. Gözaltına alınan eş genel başkanlarımız Selahattin Demirtaş ve Figen Yüksekdağ ile birlikte Seçilmiş milletvekillerimiz  İdris Baluken, Nursel Aydoğan, Ferhat Encü, Mehmet Ali Arslan, Gülser Yıldırım, Abdullah Zeydan ve Leyla Birlik tutuklandılar. Sayın Selahattin Demirtaş ve Sayın Figen Yüksekdağ oy verdiğim siyasi partinin eş genel başkanlarıdır. Şahidim ki Demirtaş’ın ve Yüksekdağ’ın barışı söylemediği, insan ölümlerinin durmasını istemediği tek beyanı yoktur. Selahattin Demirtaş ve Figen Yüksekdağ ile beraber seçilmiş milletvekillerinin tutuklanması kabul edilemez. Dava hukuki ise eğer onları sorgulayan ve tutuklayan mahkemelerin beni ve benim gibi düşünüp HDP’ye oy veren diğer seçmenleri de tutuklaması gerekmektedir. Zira ortada bir suç varsa aynı suçu defalarca işledim ve işlemeye devam edeceğim. 40 yıldır süregelen savaşın barışçıl yöntemlerle çözülmesini istemeye ve söylemeye devam edeceğim. Bu hukuksuzluğu ve yargılama sürecini yakından takip etmenizi ve Türkiye Demokrasisi için HDP’yle dayanışma göstermenizi rica ediyorum I am a citizen of the Turkish Republic. I am, by law, entitled to vote for members of parliament. Mr. Selahattin Demirtaş and Ms.Figen Yüksekdağ, who are the leaders of the political party HDP that I voted for and 7 Nursel Aydogan, Ferhat Encü, Mehmet Ali Arslan, Gülser Yıldırım, Abdullah Zeydan, Leyla Birlik, Idris Baluken have been detained and arrested following operations to forcibly enter their houses on the early hours of the 4th of November. Their doors have been knocked down and their pleas to have their lawyers have been ignored. I sincerely declare HDP as a party that has always stood for peace and both leaders have shown great effort to establish peace and solidarity among ethnic groups in Turkey, Turks and Kurds in particular. I would like to send a massage to the Turkish Government and their law makers and judges here: If promoting peace is a crime than I commit that crime too. I would put my name and signature under any speeches that were delivered in and outside the parliament by the leaders of HDP. I will continue to voice their legacy which is about ending a 40 year old war between Turkish state and Kurdish civilians and their representatives. We urge you to follow this unlawful case closely and show solidarity with HDP which has a crucial role in the democracy that we are trying to protect in Turkey.

İsmail Erdoğan
43,110 supporters
Victory
Petitioning UK Electoral commission, The Sun, European Parliament, UK Parliament, BBC

General Election Fraud 2017

It has come to my attention that apart from the normal abuse of our postal voting system, during the General Election 2017 large numbers of students voted twice - once in their university constituency and once in their home constituency. This is indeed allowed at local election level but is subject to a fine of 5000 GBP at general election level. The UK led the world with its democracy, we were a shining beacon for others to follow. Let's not make British Democracy a laughing stock for the world. We the undersigned demand a full investigation be carried out and if electoral fraud on a large scale is found we demand swift action be taken.        

rhys james
40,332 supporters
Petitioning European Parliament, European Commission, Council of the European Union

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

Français  Italiano  Deutsch  Polskie   Hrvatski  Português  Norsk  Slovene  Svenska  Magyar 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. One million signatures from at least seven EU countries will guarantee a debate in Brussels.  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 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 http://who-umc.org/DynPage.aspx?id=105196&mn1=7347&mn2=7489&mn3=7248&newsid=11241[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 and http://www.vaccinationcouncil.org/quick-compare-2/

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