SAV Comment: If we consider that the EU is not doing enough, say, for animal welfare, and the export of live EU animals to Turkey for example; then do we not have a fundamental right to attack Brussels for NOT enforcing its own legislation ? – allegedly Regulation 1/2005 on the welfare of animals in transport.
Call it ‘dissent’; call it what you want – we suggest ‘the truth’ would be appropriate.
It appears now that Brussels would even think we are wrong to say anything that shows that they are wrong – not enforcing the rules type thing – their rules that is !
Are we going to be blocked or shut down with many other groups ? – human rights groups; animal rights groups, etc, etc ? – Brussels is scared of opposition to its fundamentals which is growing throughout the EU – and so it has to come up with pathetic actions such as this to keep us all quiet and happy little EU citizens !.
We shall see !!!
EU CENSORS: Anti-Brussels protests are a CRIME – fears at Eurocrat crackdown on ‘dissent’
SINISTER plans to criminalise “political dissent” against the EU project took a step closer to becoming reality today, prompting a dismayed response from free speech campaigners.
Human rights groups have reacted with horror after EU member states approved draconian new anti-terror laws which critics have warned could be used to suppress eurosceptic movements by force.
In a rare show of universal anger seven leading civil rights movements tore into unelected Brussels bureaucrats over the shadowy plot, warning that it endangers “fundamental rights and freedoms” including the right to protest.
The new EU Directive on Combatting Terrorism has sparked concern and consternation across the globe due to its incredibly vague definition of what constitutes a terror offence.
Leading lawyers and campaigners have warned that it could easily be used to mercilessly crack down on eurosceptic movements and thwart protest against controversial EU initiatives.
Worry about the draconian new law is running so high that seven top human rights groups have penned an open letter to the European Union urging them to reconsider it.
Amnesty International, the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), European Digital Rights (EDRi), the Fundamental Rights European Experts (FREE) Group, Human Rights Watch, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) all called for the legislation to be comprehensively amended or else scrapped altogether. They voiced concern that, in its current form, the law could “lead to criminalising public protests and other peaceful acts, to the suppression of freedom of expression protected under international law, including expression of dissenting political views, and to other unjustified limitations on human rights”.
The directive, which will become law in Britain until we leave the EU, is so vaguely worded that terrorist offences include “seriously destabilising” a whole set of EU structures from the “political” to “economic”.
Amongst the powerful measures contained in the bill is a measure, borrowed from recent laws in France, that allows Brussels to order internet firms to block sites that “glorify” terrorism without any input from judges.
Critics have warned that the definition of terrorism is so vague that the law could easily be used to take down eurosceptic blogs and websites which are critical of the EU project.
Last month in France, where the measure was first coined, telecoms giant Orange was ordered to shut down Google and Wikipedia for an entire morning, with Internet users being directed to a French interior ministry website, where their IP addresses were then recorded by the authorities.
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