1/30/2012

ACTA - Don't be deceived

Kader Arif, rapporteur for ACTA in the European Parliament quit his role as rapporteur saying:
”I want to denounce in the strongest possible manner the entire process that led to the signature of this agreement: no inclusion of civil society organizations, a lack of transparency from the start of the negotiations, repeated postponing of the signature of the text without an explanation being ever given, exclusion of the EU Parliament's demands that were expressed on several occasions in our assembly.”
“As rapporteur of this text, I have faced never-before-seen manoeuvres from the right wing of this Parliament to impose a rushed calendar before public opinion could be alerted, thus depriving the Parliament of its right to expression and of the tools at its disposal to convey citizens' legitimate demands.”
“Everyone knows the ACTA agreement is problematic, whether it is its impact on civil liberties, the way it makes Internet access providers liable, its consequences on generic drugs manufacturing, or how little protection it gives to our geographical indications.”
“This agreement might have major consequences on citizens' lives, and still, everything is being done to prevent the European Parliament from having its say in this matter. That is why today, as I release this report for which I was in charge, I want to send a strong signal and alert the public opinion about this unacceptable situation. I will not take part in this masquerade.”[source]
What could possible be so important that it deems necessary to ignore and prevent the European Parliament and the people from seeing what's in the ACTA agreement?

We have no insight to what is currently being agreed upon by bureaucrats in secret board meetings. We only know that they are acting in the exact manner as a police state where people have absolutely no say besides obeying the regime.
Ones this so called agreement is ratified it will be almost impossible to get rid of it. It goes above national law. Let your protest be heard and share what's happening with your friends.

Read more:
ActOnActa | EDRi | FFII10 Reasons to Oppose ACTA | The Only Thing You Need To Know About ACTA | ACTA and the European Convention on Human RightsThe ACTA Fight Returns: What Is at Stake and What You Can Do

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