Petition Tag - european union

1. Maidenhead for Fishing


Seventy percent of the European Union's fish are within the UK's territorial waters: the 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone. Currently the other EU countries are allocated 70% of the fish in the UK's EEZ, leaving the UK with 30%. But it's even worse than that: under EU law foreign fishing vessels are allowed to register in this country and utilise a large part of the UK's fishing quota.

For example one Dutch supertrawler, which has never visited the UK is entitled to nearly a quarter of the English fish quota (1) and foreign owned ships take up to half of the 30%, leaving UK vessels with just 15% (2)&(3). This came about because the European Court forced the British Government to repeal the 1988 Merchant Shipping Act and to pay tens of millions of pound in compensation to foreign fishing companies (4). We need to re-instate the 1988 Merchant Shipping Act, and reclaim our country's fishing zone,

Although the UK has 70% of the EU's fishing assets, we are a net importer of fish. Each fisherman supports several jobs onshore. Reclaiming the UK's EEZ would add billions of pounds to this country's economy and revitalise Britain's ailing coastal towns.

In the past British governments have not supported our fishing industry and have conceded to the EU's demands; this must not continue. A recent article in the Guardian (5) illustrates just how poor governments have been when negotiating for British fishermen: "If we look at quota shares in Channel cod, the French have 84% and Britain has 9%." The Guardian article also refers to Britain's fish exports. But to comply with EU quotas, we export mackerel and herring and import cod! If only, when visiting fish and chip shops, the British public had ordered mackerel and chips, we would not have needed to import from the EU fish caught in our territorial waters! If we reclaim our waters, there would be no need to import fish from the EU, and we would have fish to spare, to export.


2. Demand for Immediate & Unconditional Dismissal of Charges against Iranian Activist Amir Amirgholi

Iran's Authorities Issues a Heavy Sentence against Amir Amirgholi.

Amir Amirgholi, 33 arrested in the street by security forces under Branch 6 of Ghods Court warrant has been sentenced to 19 years and six months in prison at Branch 15 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Tehran. Judge Abolghasem Salavati handed down the sentence.

Amir is a dismissed student of the Islamic Azad University of Ghazvin and the son of Abbas Amirgholi. Officials had taken him to his father's house and seized his personal belongings: a laptop, cell phone and hard drive of his PC. He was transferred to Ward 8 after an intense two-month investigation in solitary confinement.

Branch 6 of Shahid Moghadas Court of Evin court chaired by Amin Naseri, where he was accused on vague charges of "assembly and collusion against national security", "blasphemy", "insulting the Supreme Leader of Iran", "propaganda against the regime of Iran".

Amnesty International has stated that Amir Amirgholi, Iranian activist was sentenced to 19 years and sex months incarceration on charges in connection with his peaceful activities, following an hour-long trial in early 2016. He is being held in prison under extremely poor conditions while waiting for his appointment with the appeals court.

The leftist activist was arrested and taken to the Evin prison on August 30, 2007, after taking apart on the anniversary of the massacre of political prisoners in Khavaran. He was then held in solitary confinement in Ward 209 of Evin Prison without access to legal counsel and with no contact with his family for 56 days. Almost a month after the arrest, he was granted permission to speak with his family in a brief phone call, stated Amnesty International He had reportedly served 16 days in solitary confinements at the Islamic Republic chambers.

Amirgholi was previously arrested in the peaceful demonstration supporting Kobani on September 2014. He was released after spending a night at the chambers of Intelligence and Public Security Police of NAJA, according to the reliable sources. According to the reports, he also was arrested by security forces in front of Milad Hospital; officials released him after a few days.

According to his family, it is of urgent concern at this time that Amir suffers from a pancreatic disorder and require medical attention. Previously he was held at Ward 8 of Evin prison alongside hardened criminals convicted of pirating, theft, embezzlement, fraud and forgery. Evin prison is notorious for it's poor treatment and torture of political prisoners.

Branch 36 of Tehran's Appeal Court will hold a retrial session to re-examine Amirgholi's verdict on August 3, 2016.


• More than 40 million Africans face food insecurity in 2016 (Famine Early Warning Systems Network). Traditional farming has failed to deliver food security and cannot tackle the new and emerging agricultural challenges in AFRICA.
• Africa needs modern agricultural technologies to achieve food security & sustainable development
• Recent proposal (2015/2277(INI)) by Members of European Parliament for the G8 not to support biotech crops in Africa is unfortunate, regrettable and amounts to neocolonialism. For more information visit :

• The African Union to support technology driven agriculture and reject resolutions No. 22 and No. 23 of the recent ACP-EU Joint parliamentary Assembly that may be presented to the G8 as the voice of Africa .For more information visit

• EU to review their stand on modern agricultural technology in Africa
• Representatives of the EU member states in Africa to accurately guide EU on the need for Africa to modernize farming practices
• The G8 to reject the proposal from EU Parliament and support Africa in accessing new agricultural technologies that can improve food security and tackle effects of climate change

4. Pobuda Staknimo glave

Na mejah Trdnjave Evrope je vse večji pritisk tistih, ki bežijo pred nasiljem in vojno. Zatekajo se v Evropo, saj naj bi ta načeloma slonela na vrednotah solidarnosti, humanizma in pravici do svobodnega gibanja. Ta hip institucije Evrope, tudi Slovenije, ne delujejo v skladu s temi načeli. Nasprotno, zapirajo meje, krepijo nasilje in podpirajo ozračje ogroženosti in sovražnosti. Priča smo enem najsramotnejših poglavij delovanja Evropske Unije v njeni dosedanji zgodovini. Ne moremo gledati stran ob cinizmu, aroganci in neodločnosti vlad. Zato kot posamezniki in kot skupnost, ki nam je mar, naredimo vse, kar je v naših močeh, da begunce v Sloveniji sprejmemo dostojno, pa če bo to samo postanek na njihovi poti ali pa če se odločijo, da nadalje živijo z nami.

On the borders of Fortress Europe the pressure of those who are fleeing from violence and war in search of a better life is increasing. They turn to Europe because it prides itself on nurturing values of solidarity, humanism and the right to freedom of movement. Yet the institutions of Europe, including those of the Republic of Slovenia, are not living up to those ideals. Quite the contrary, they are closing borders, increasing repressive measures and are fomenting feelings of endangerment and hostility.

We are witnessing one of the most shameful moments in the history of the European Union. We cannot remain silent in the face of the cynicism, arrogance and indecisiveness of our governments. Therefore let us come together as individuals and as a community and spare no effort to prepare a decent welcome for refugees in Slovenia, regardless of whether they are merely passing through or whether they decide to stay.

5. In Out Referendum on the EU Now

Whether you wish to remain apart of the European union or not, this issue has become so important that it can no longer be left to an election result to decided if the people of Britain have a say in it.

Please sign it and show our government that we need a referendum on the in out question before the next general election, allowing the people to better decided who they want to lead us.

6. Immediately & Unconditionally Release Omid Alishenas, an Iranian activist

Updated on Dec 10, 2016.

Omid Alishenas, an Iranian civil rights activist, was arrested by IRGC officials in front of his father's house on Sep 4, 2014 and taken to Ward 2-A Sepah (IRGC). He was accused of the vague charges of "assembly and collusion to attempt crimes against national security", "propaganda against the regime" and "insulting the Supreme Leader of IRI" at Branch 28 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tehran chaired by Judge Mohammad Mogheyeseh on March 7, 2015.

He was in isolation for 132 days, his relatives said. In addition, officials denied him the right to access his family (face to face meeting) for more than nine months while Omid was kept in Ward 8. Omid has just spoken to his relatives from behind bars via phone.

He, 32, was sentenced to ten years in prison, the maximum punishment by the court for his peaceful activities as a child labor activist, as well as for gatherings he attended to protest the situation of Kobani children in Syria. The sentence was announced by the Head of Office of Branch 28 on May 12, 2015, and the case has been allegedly referred for re-examination to Branch 36 of the Appeals Court chaired by Judge Seyed Ahmad Zargar. The biased court accused him of “supporting the political prisoners’ families in the 80s”, “protest against systematic human rights violence in Iran, especially in cyberspace”, “opposition to the death penalty”, and “condemning the mass execution in the 80s”.

Omid, son of Atila, was very hopeful of being released on bail; Iran's judiciary officials refused his release on bail of $33,000 (1 billion Rials) despite the initial decision for conditional release, reliable sources said, which means he will have to spend the best years of his life in the notorious Evin prison.

Finally, He was released on bail of $ 230,000 (7 billion Rials) after spending 17 months in the regime’s chambers on January 18, 2016. The appeal court will issue its final decision on July 5, 2016.

Officials had confiscated his personal belongings such as cell phones, flash memory cards, three Personal Computers and a lap top, camera and CDs.

Mr. Alishenas, who has an academic degree in the field of Civil Engineering, has reportedly experienced severe torture both physically __ psychologically in the Islamic Republic chambers. He was frequently beaten during his interrogation periods that were mostly at night; officials used the barbaric procedures such as holding in isolation where in about 2 Square Meters he was kept without basic needs.

He had been in the solitary confinements at Ward 2-A Sepah (IRGC) for 132 days, and then was transferred to the public Ward 8 amongst criminals imprisoned for serious offenses such as murder, rape, drug smuggling, embezzlement, fraud and forgery (Ward Eight is officially labeled as a financial crimes ward).

The prisoners are kept in one of the crowded wards of the prison known as the infamous Ward 8, where the unsuitable circumstances could menace their health. It is an aging office building with low ceilings which has no proper sanitary facilities and has poor air circulation.

Branch 36 of the appellate Court issued 7-year prison term against Omid Alishenas. The court was conducted by Judge Ghomizadeh.

Finally, Omid Alishenas was arrested in a raid at his father house by Sarrallah Base forces of IRGC on December 10, 2016. He was taken to Evin prison to serve his 7 year prison term.

7. Immediate & Unconditional Release Saeid Shirzad & Atena Faraghdani, children-rights-activists

Demand for Immediate & Unconditional Release Saeid Shirzad & Atena Faraghdani, children-rights-activists.

does addressing the miserable and wretched situation of poor children of Iranian society in accordance with the Islamic republic laws consider a crime?

Mr. Saeid Shirzad, children-rights-activist, was arrested on 2nd June 2014 at his working place in Tabriz. Back in August 2012, he already faced judicial problems; he was forced to prison by state officials to handing numerous people in East-Azerbajdan being affected by a big earthquake. He was bailed-out after 19 days and later charged for a year on probation. Reporters of Harana informed, that Saeid currently is about to be sentenced once against to court as a danger to national security.

He did not appear at his last hearing in court because he refused to put on the unhygienic and disgraceful official prison clothes. As a punishment for that, the visitor’s right of his family was withdrawn.

For the beginning of the school term, Saeid wrote a note from prison where he appeals to children of feeling with him and being in solidarity with him.


Another Iranian prisoner is Mrs. Atena Faraghdani who is children’s rights activist and painter that has been arrested in August for unknown reasons. Her house was investigated by security guard of regime. She is not in favorable conditions and her tendon was injured in an accident that needs surgery for fifth time.

A source who wanted to remain unknown, informed Harana’s reporter that there is no any information about her sentence and allegations and reason of arrestment.

This source informed, “we suppose Atena is kept in ward 2-Alef in Evin prison.

We, the undersigned, strictly oppose the arrest and sentence of Said & Atena, children-rights-activists, and demand their freedom now and without conditions.

—We request that the international human rights community investigate the cases of prisoners of conscience in Iran, and especially the cases of Saeid Shirzad & Atena Faraghdani.

درخواست آزادی فوری و بدون قید و شرط سعید شیرزاد و آتنا فرقدانی؛ از فعالان حقوق کودک
آیا رسیدگی به وضعیت بغرنج و اسف بار کودکان محروم جامعه ایران، طبق موازین حقوقی جمهوری اسلامی یک جرم است!؟
سعید شیرزاد، فعال حقوق کودک روز دوشنبه 12 خرداد ماه 1393 (2 ژوئن 2014) در محل کار خود در تبریز بازداشت شد.
سعید در تاریخ جمعه 31 مرداد ماه 1391(21 آگوست 2012) نیز در حالی که برای کمک به مردم زلزله زده آذربایجان شرقی رفته بود، بازداشت و پس از 19 روز با قید وثیقه از زندان آزاد شد. او در شعبه 26 دادگاه انقلاب اسلامی، به دلیل این پرونده به تحمل یک سال حبس تعلیقی محکوم شده بود.
بنا به اطلاع گزارشگران هرانا، سعید شیرزاد که در زندان اوین به سر می برد، قرار است روز سه شنبه 15 مهرماه 1393(7 اکتبر 2014) به اتهام اجتماع و تبانی علیه نظام جمهوری اسلامی مورد محاکمه قرار گیرد.
مسوولان قضایی جمهوری اسلامی ایران از انتقال سعید شیرزاد، به دلیل ممانعت او از پوشیدن لباس فرم غیر بهداشتی، غیر قانونی و توهین آمیز زندان، به دادسرای شهید مقدس اوین برای ارائه آخرین دفاع خود، ممانعت کرده اند.
سعید به دلیل امتناع از پوشیدن لباس فرم زندان بنا به دلایل فوق، از داشتن ملاقات حضوری با خانواده خود نیز محروم بوده است.
او به مناسبت آغاز سال تحصیلی جدید در ایران نیز یادداشتی را در راستای ابراز همدردی و همبستگی با کودکان، از درون زندان خطاب به آنها نوشته است.
دیگر فعال حقوق کودک که اکنون در زندان به سر می برد،آتنا فرقدانی؛ فعال حقوق کودک و نقاش است که در شهریور ماه 1393 بدون هیچ گونه توضیحی بازداشت شده است.
ماموران امنیتی پس از بازداشت آتنامنزل او را نیز مورد تفتیش قرار دادند. او از شرایط جسمانی خوب برخوردار نیست و با توجه به پارگی تاندون دست اش، برای پنجمین بار نیاز به عمل جراحی دارد.
یکی از نزدیکان آتنا که نخواسته نام او فاش شود، به هرانا گفته است: هیچ گونه اطلاعی در مورد حکم و اتهام آتنا در دست نیست و گمان می رود که او در بند 2 الف زندان اوین نگهداری می شود.
ما امضا کنندگان متن بالا، بازداشت سعید شیرزاد و آتنا فرقدانی و محکومیت آنها را تحت هر عنوانی در زندان های جمهوری اسلامی محکوم کرده و خواستار آزادی بدون قید و شرط و فوری این فعال حقوق کودک هستیم.
از جامعه حقوق بشر بین المللی نیز خواستار پیگیری پرونده زندانیان سیاسی وعقیدتی در زندان های جمهوری اسلامی و به ویژه پرونده سعید شیرزاد و آتنا فرقدانی هستیم.

8. Immediate & Unconditional Dismissal of Charges against Imprisoned Human Rights Activists, Arash Sadeghi and Golrokh Iraee!

UPDATED on DJan 30, 2017.

Arash Sadeghi, who had broken his prolonged hunger strike on January 3, 2017, again has started his hunger strike since the re-arrest of his wife Golrokh on Saturday morning, January 22, 2017, BCR Group has learned.

The 30-year-old imprisoned activist was recently transferred to Ward 350 of Tehran notorious Evin prison, says HRANA. He, who has diagnosed with kidney and digestive failure due to a 71-day long hunger strike, was first taken to Ward 2-A of Sepah (the IRGC controlled section) with the excuse of transferring to hospital six days ago. Wardens transferred Arash to Ward 2-A at the same time resuming his hunger strike. The agents finally took him to Ward 350 after he endured three days in solidarity confinement cells, local sources quoting his relatives. News indicate that his personal belongings such as marriage ring and watch were supposedly stolen in transfer.

“Ward 350 is heavily guarded and severely isolated section allegedly run by the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence where prisoners of conscience are locked up in. The ward has limited contact with the outside world.”

Previously, Arash had started an indefinite hunger strike following arbitrary arrest of his life Golrokh on October 25, 2016. “I will continue my hunger strike until Iran’s authorities release her from the prison, HRANA quoted it form his letter. Finally, he ended his hunger strike after 71 days on January 3, after officials released his wife on a $125,000 USD.

Despite official promises, on January 22, the Sarallah Base agents (IRGC's main security group in Tehran) rearrested Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee in front of her house in the morning and took her to Executing Verdict Department where is located in Evin prison. She was arrested along with her friend Saeed Eghbali, according to reports. Agents ultimately transferred Golrokh to Women Ward of Evin and released Saeed on January 23, 2017.

Hence, Arash is back on hunger strike because the authorities did not fulfilled their promises. He is currently kept at Ward 350 along with a few of political prisoners. The prisoners are deprived of making phone calls with their families, HRANA added.

According to news, the peaceful human rights activist is still being denied medical treatment by authorities. Arash was repeatedly unable to breathe without a pulmotor system and his life reportedly at risk. “The senior specialist at hospital emphasized that Arash needs to be hospitalized for at least five days to receive medical treatment for his critical condition”, close sources to Arash told BCR Group once he was previously transferred to hospital. Early January, prison doctors had reported that the damage in Arash's right kidney is so severe that it will likely never return to normal functionality. The report said that 70% of his right kidney and 20% of his left kidney are already damaged. "Arash Sadeghi has not received adequate medical care. Iranian regime authorities are torturing Arash through medical neglect, "says Maryam Nayeb Yazdi, an Iranian activist, on her Twitter account.

He is currently suffering from a low blood pressure, a lung infection, a severe cough, gastrointestinal bleeding and pneumonia, according to the medical reports.

Human Rights organizations and many worldwide activists have come out in support of Arash Sadeghi and his legal demands.

On December 30, 2016, Iranian citizens and activists around the world came together on Twitter to spread global awareness about his critical situation. Their efforts led to #SaveArash to become the top trending hashtag in the world and celebrities and Iranian parliament members to pay attention and speak up about Arash. However, international attention to Arash's case also led to the Iranian regime's media to launch a misinformation campaign against him and Golrokh. For example, the TV show 20:30, which is a propaganda arm of the Sarallah Base, shamelessly aired an episode attempting to smear the couple.

Both of Arash and Golrokh are currently kept at Evin prison to serve their unjust sentences respectively 19 years in prison and 6 years imprisonment.

The Tragic Tale of Imprisoned Couple Arash and Golrokh:

Arash Sadeghi's last arrest was on June 7, 2016 and he has been held in Evin Prison since then. He is being held in Evin's Ward 8 amongst prisoners who are charged with serious offences such as robbery, embezzlement, fraud and forgery.

Arash Sadeghi was sentenced to a 15-year prison term by branch 15 of Tehran's revolutionary court, presided by the corrupt Judge Salavati. In the same court hearing, Golrokh was sentenced to six years in prison. Arash had a previous four-year suspended imprisonment sentence in which Salavati activated in the court hearing, thus condemning Arash to a total of 19 years in prison. Both Arash and Golrokh were deprived of their right to a lawyer during the hearing.

Prior to his 15-year prison sentence, Arash was sentenced to six years in prison, which was eventually reduced to one year in prison and four years of suspended imprisonment. The charges against him include: "Gathering and colluding against national security ", "Propaganda against the regime ", "Insulting the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran ", and "Spreading false news in cyberspace ".

Arash Sadeghi, a Masters of philosophy student who is barred from his education by the regime, was first arrested in July 2009. The nonviolent civil rights defender has been in and out of prison since then and has been severely tortured by his interrogators. Throughout these seven years of repeated imprisonment, Arash has launched several hunger strikes to protest against his unjust sentence and the unlawful behavior and actions of the Iranian regime's authorities.

Despite the decline in his health, authorities have frequently prolonged Arash's imprisonment, kept him in solitary confinement for long durations, physically and psychologically abused him, and tortured him through depriving him of his right to adequate medical care. As a result of the physical tortures inflicted on Arash during interrogations, he has suffered a broken shoulder and broken ribs and still continues to suffer from these injuries today. Arash is in need of medical treatment for his injuries caused by the hunger strikes and tortures he endured.

Arash has had an extremely painful experience in these seven years. Among the worst was arguably when his mother died during a violent house raid by Iranian regime authorities on October 30, 2010. According to close sources, Arash's mom died as a result of the shock of the raid.

Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was nabbed at her house by IRGC forces early morning on October 24, 2016. The agents kicked down the door to her home and entered without an arrest warrant, according to her relatives. She was reportedly taken to Evin Prison and held in the women's ward. Golrokh is charged with "Insulting Islamic sanctities” (blasphemy) for an unpublished fictional story she had written in her journal about "stoning ", according to various confirmed sources.

9. Ukrainian People Want Association!

On November 21, 2013 Viktor Yanukovych has declared that he want to postpone the Euro integration of Ukraine.

This was something that the Ukrainian people has been waiting for a long time and was looking forward to.

10. A simple idea of how to challenge the economic crisis

Παρακολουθώ τα κακά μαντάτα από το πρωί. Τώρα που βραδιάζει και σκοτεινιάζει βγάζουν οι κομματικοί αντίπαλοι τα μαχαίρια και προκαλούν πληγές και ουλές ο ένας στον άλλο. Δεν ακούγονται εναλλακτικές λύσεις. Είναι σίγουρο πως αυτή η λύση που μας υπέβαλε το Eurogroup αναμφίβολα μας βάζει σε φαύλο κύκλο μειώσεων εισοδημάτων και μη ανταπόκριση στους όρους και κατ’ επέκταση περαιτέρω μέτρων.

Το χειρότερο βεβαίως είναι πως οι ξένες επενδύσεις θα κάνουν φτερά που σημαίνει μείωση εισοδημάτων και ο φαύλος κύκλος συνεχίζεται μέχρι τέλους. Η δική μου εισήγηση που σίγουρα χρειάζεται επεξεργασία είναι-
Οι καταθέσεις των Κύπριων επενδύονται από 15-50% σε ένα ειδικό ταμείο που εξασφαλίζεται από κρατική περιουσία- Κρατική γη, φυσικό αέριο κ.α. Αυτή η επένδυση θα δώσει γύρω στα 15-20 δις ανάλογα με τις κλίμακες που θα χρησιμοποιηθούν για τι καταθέσεις. Π.χ. 25% για κάτω από 100,000, 25-40% για ποσά πάνω από -100,000 και ταμεία ασφαλιστικών, ταμεία προνοίας κλπ εισφέρουν στο ταμείο το 50% των υφιστάμενων καταθέσεων. Αυτή η επένδυση θα εξασφαλιστεί με ένα ποσοστό 4% το χρόνο και επιπλέον να λάβει μέρος των κερδών από το φυσικό αέριο.
Με αυτό τον τρόπο προβάλουμε στο μικρό μας ανάστημα σαν τον Δαυΐδ και αναλαμβάνουμε σαν Κύπριοι τις υποχρεώσεις μας. Το φυσικό αέριο είναι γεγονός ότι κάποια στιγμή θα αποφέρει και θα μπορέσει να αποπληρώσει αυτό το ταμείο.

Οι ξένοι επενδυτές θα αποδεχτούν με ανακούφιση αυτή την δέσμευση μας σαν λαός και πιστεύω ότι θα συνεχίσουν να μας έχουν εμπιστοσύνη και θα κρατήσουν τις επενδύσεις τους στην Κύπρο. Την ίδια ώρα θα μπορέσουμε με σοβαρές και μελετημένες κινήσεις να ανακάμψουμε από την κρίση και να επανέλθουμε στις αγορές. Ενωμένοι και δυνατοί να προχωρήσουμε σε ένα πιο καθαρό μέλλον. ΟΛΟΙ ΜΑΖΙ και χωρίς την βοήθεια των φίλων μας από την Ενωμένη Ευρώπη.

11. 'Europa - Globus' - alternate or official anthem of the EU

As the history of Europe had many hard times, while it definitely was built on wars, genozides and many deaths, the decision to choose "Freude schoener Goetterfunke" as the official anthem was no bad idea, but time is going on and it's too conservative just to use a classcial track as the national anthem... because it's classcial. We have to be opened, also in case of our presantation, therefor I'd claim that the track "Europa" by the band "Globus", which is based on the trailer music company "Immediate Music" as the official - or at least - the alternate national anthem of the European Union, because this tracks tells arrestingly the history of our country - Europe.

In case you don't know the song, search on YouTube or any other music and video sharing website for "Europe [track title] - Globus [band name]"

12. Stop the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive

The Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) is presented as a service to European citizens and as simple to apply. However, close examination of its methods in practice demonstrates that the reality will be an egregious abridgement of the rights of individuals to obtain and use the health treatments they choose.

While it benefits citizens for governmental agencies to advise on efficacy and safety of products that have been commonly and freely used by utilising a particular method of inquiry, that information may not address the needs of individuals and presumes that there is only one system for obtaining accurate and beneficial information. That is equivalent to allowing only one religion as the accepted source of truth.

The costs and systems required by THMPD are generally not manageable by small manufacturers, which are the predominant suppliers of herbal products. This results in an unfair competitive advantage to multinational corporations, which ultimately limits the individual's access to quality and selection in herbal medicinal products.

With THMPD, the European Union has overstepped and is severely restricting the unwritten rights of each human being to choose and access methods of managing health. It is a dangerous usurpation of civil rights that assumes the individual does not have the ability to make proper health decisions. Self-determination in matters of health must be treated as an inherent civil right, and THMPD is an abrogation of it.

Read this to see the sort of madness that the EU Commission is already enacting--and that you may help stop by signing this petition.

Please note that the EU requires valid addresses and birthdates. If you do not include your address or birthdate, your signature may not be counted. All information is kept private. Addresses and birthdates are not visible to the public, and you may also choose to keep your name private.

All signatures are welcome, though ones without all requested information may not be counted and non-EU signatures will not be counted. However, we welcome all signatures as supportive of this cause.

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13. Rights of Tenure for Boat and Houseboat Dwellers

Legislation for, the protection of boat and houseboat or floating home dwellers and their rights of tenure are urgently needed in the UK.

Over 150.000 people in Great Britain alone, live and reside full time on board their boats, houseboats or floating homes.

And yet there are no legislation in the UK to protect the rights of tenure for floating communities and their dwellers.

Travellers and Gypsies have their rights, so should boat dwellers too!

This Campaign is for the Legislation of the;

* Rights of Tenure / Housing Rights for boat or houseboat dwellers.

* Protection, security and safety for boat, houseboat and floating home dwellers and their communities.

Vogue La Galere! / Push The Boat!

Campaign Movement for the rights of tenure for boat and houseboat dwellers. Please Help and sign and spread the word. Follow twitter @domportucallis

*Thank you!*

14. We all are Icelanders, fed up to pay for the banks failures!

We all are Icelanders, fed up to pay for the banks failures! - Nous sommes tous des Islandais! Ras le bol de payer pour les banquiers! - We zijn allemaal IJslanders, beu om te betalen voor de blunders van banken! - Siamo tutti islandesi, stufi di pagare per i fallimenti delle banche! - Wir sind alle Isländer. Wir haben es satt, für die Fehler der Banken aufzukommen!


We all are Icelanders, fed up to pay for the banks failures!

Dear Icelandic friends,

Let me share with you a few reactions to your current fight against the outrageous blackmail of the British and Dutch governments regarding the debts of the failed Icelandic banks.

First of all, you are right to resist the demands of London and The Hague. Those two countries' regulators have failed to properly monitor the banks acting on their territories (and both have been obliged to pour billions to rescue their own national 'banking champions'). And if unfortunately British and Dutch customers have been caught up into the Icelandic private banks collapse, it is primary an issue for the British and Dutch authorities which allow them to do so on such a large scale.

Second, London and The Hague have no moral right to blackmail you about the accession of your country to the EU. I am certain that they do not even have the support of their own citizens for such a shameful action. You are yourselves put into a tragic economic and social situation because of these private banks collapse. The EU was not created to put people into financial servitude, neither to push them into greater poverty. Quite the contrary! The more you case will be made public in the EU, the less London and The Hague will be able to defend their current position. And in any case, membership to the EU is not worth the price of decades of financial servitude. The European Parliament should vote as soon as possible to deny London and The Hague's blackmail about your accession.

Third, your country has no more, no less obligations than what the European regulations plan in the case of private banks collapse. And till it happens in your country, nothing was really planned for that kind of situation. So play by the European books, if any, and nothing more. And do not hesitate to underline that Mr Brown and Mr. Balkenende did not dare to ask Washington to compensate for all the losses incurred by their citizens in the Lehman Brothers collapse. So no reason to have a different treatment for Iceland! Once again, the EU is made for putting the small and the big countries on an equal footing in terms of rights. Something the Dutch people are certainly very conscious and which may get you a very benevolent attitude from them.

Fourth, don't bend to the 'bankers' kind of attitude that both London and The Hague are having. They do act with you as if they were a bank managing a mortgage : what's their next step if you refuse their ultimatum? Foreclosing Iceland and expelling you out of your country? Don't forget that it is not only in Iceland that people are fed up with the banks' behaviour. All over Europe and the world, and in UK in particular where the City is increasingly felt as a threat to people well being, feelings are turning very sour towards the banking establishment and its political puppets. So do resist and you will find support from everywhere.

Last but not least, if you want to play it safe, just do as the British governments always do with the EU, just say that you will comply, and once inside the EU do exactly the contrary of what you said. It has less panache, but it is definitely very effective.

In any case, to prove that all Europeans are not like the British and Dutch governments, Newropeans is launching a petition called « We all are Icelanders, fed up with paying for banks failures » and aiming at gathering popular support for you resistance to the current outrageous 'financial order ':
click here under to sign the petition

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Nous sommes tous des Islandais! Ras le bol de payer pour les banquiers!

Chers amis d’Islande,

Laissez nous partager avec vous nos réactions de Newropeans à votre combat actuel contre le chantage éhonté exercé par les gouvernements britannique et néerlandais concernant les dettes des banques islandaises en faillite.

En procédant de la sorte, ces deux gouvernements tentent de faire s’affronter contribuables islandais et épargnants britanniques et néerlandais afin de cacher les vraies responsabilités qui reposent sur les gouvernements eux-mêmes, les régulateurs financiers et les banques; en affirmant une fois de plus l’idée que les citoyens doivent toujours payer pour les erreurs des banquiers et des régulateurs qui ainsi jouissent d’une immunité totale quant à leurs échecs.

Tout d’abord, vous avez raison de résister aux exigences de Londres et La Haye qui vont au delà des régulations bancaires islandaises en vigueur au moment de l’effondrement des banques. Les régulateurs de ces deux pays ont failli à contrôler correctement les banques opérant sur leurs territoires (et ces deux états ont été obligés de verser des milliards pour secourir leurs propres "champions bancaires" nationaux). Et si malheureusement les clients britanniques et néerlandais ont été piégés dans l’effondrement des banques privées islandaises avec une garantie bancaire de pas plus de 20 000 € (contre 100 000 € dans l'UE), c'est avant tout un problème pour les autorités britanniques et néerlandaises qui leur permet d'agir ainsi à une si grande échelle.

Deuxièmement, Londres et La Haye n'ont aucun droit moral de vous faire du chantage concernant l'adhésion de votre pays à l'UE. Ils n'ont même pas le soutien de leurs citoyens pour cet acte honteux. Vous êtes vous même dans une situation économique et sociale tragique à cause de la défaillance de ces banques privées. L'UE n'a pas été créée pour mettre les gens en situation de servitude financière, ni pour les enfoncer dans la pauvreté. Bien au contraire! Le plus on parlera publiquement de votre cas dans l'UE, le moins il sera facile à Londres et La Haye de défendre leur position actuelle. Et dans tous les cas, l'adhésion à l'UE ne vaut pas des décennies de servitude financière. Le parlement européen devrait procéder à un vote aussi vite que possible pour condamner le chantage de Londres et La Haye concernant votre accession.

Troisièmement, votre pays n'a ni plus ni moins d'obligations que ce que la réglementation européenne prévoit dans le cas de faillite d'une banque privée. Et jusqu'à ce que cela arrive dans votre pays, rien n'avait été prévu pour de telles situations. Suivez donc les règles européennes, si elles existent, et rien de plus. Et n'hésitez pas à souligner que le Royaume-Uni et les Pays-Bas n'ont pas osé réclamer à Washington la compensation de toutes les pertes subies par leurs citoyens dans la faillite de Lehman Brothers. Aucune raison donc d'un traitement différent pour l'Islande! Une fois encore, l'UE est faite pour mettre petits et grands pays sur un pied d'égalité concernant leurs droits.

Quatrièmement, ne pliez pas face à l'attitude de "banquiers" affichée par Londres et La Haye. Ils agissent avec vous comme une banque s'occupant d'un emprunt : quelle est la prochaine étape si vous refusez leur ultimatum? Mettre sous scellé l'Islande et vous expulser de votre pays? N'oubliez pas qu'il n'y a pas qu'en Islande que les gens sont exaspérés par l'attitude des banques. Partout en Europe et dans le monde, et au Royaume-Uni en particulier où la City est de plus en plus considérée comme une menace au bien-être des gens, le ressentiment envers le monde de la banque et de ses marionnettes politiques s'exacerbe. Alors résistez et vous trouverez du soutien partout. Nous tous payons déjà et allons encore payer dans les années à venir pour les erreurs de nos banquiers et nos régulateurs.
Et pour finir, si vous ne voulez pas prendre de risques, faites comme les gouvernements Britanniques font toujours quand il s'agit de l'UE, dites simplement oui, et une fois dans l'UE faites exactement le contraire de ce au vous avez promis. Cela a bien moins de panache mais c'est à l'évidence très efficace.

En attendant, pour prouver que tous les Européens ne sont pas à l'image des gouvernements britannique et néerlandais, Newropeans lance la pétition "Nous sommes tous des Islandais, exaspérés par les faillites bancaires! " pour rassembler un soutien populaire à votre résistance à l'inique "ordre financier" actuel

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We zijn allemaal IJslanders, beu om te betalen voor de blunders van banken!

Beste IJslandse vrienden,

Wij als Newropeans zouden graag een paar reacties willen geven op het gevecht dat jullie momenteel voeren tegen de ongepaste chantage van de Britse en Nederlandse overheden, aangaande de schulden van de failliete IJslandse banken.
Hierdoor proberen beide overheden de IJslandse belastingbetalers op te zetten tegen de Britse en Nederlandse spaarders, met als doel de verantwoordelijkheden te verbergen die bij de overheid zelf, de financiële toezichthouders en de banken liggen. Ook wordt opnieuw het idee bevestigd dat burgers altijd zouden moeten betalen voor de fouten van bankiers en toezichthouders, die daardoor volledige immuniteit voor hun fouten genieten.

Allereerst hebben jullie gelijk om te protesteren tegen de verzoeken van Londen en Den Haag die verder gaan dan de bestaande IJslandse bankregels ten tijde van het omvallen van de banken. De toezichthouders van deze twee landen zijn er niet in geslaagd om het functioneren van deze bank in hun gebied goed te bewaken (en beide landen werden genoodzaakt miljarden uit te geven om hun eigen nationale ‘topbanken’ te redden). En als Britse en Nederlandse klanten helaas zijn meegesleurd in de val van de IJslandse private banken, met een bankgarantie van niet meer dan
€ 20 000 (tegen € 100 000 in de EU), dan is dat primair de zaak van de Britse en Nederlandse overheden, die toelieten dat dit op grote schaal plaatsvond.

Ten tweede, Londen en Den Haag hebben niet het morele recht om jullie te chanteren aangaande de toelating van jullie land tot de EU. Ze hebben zelfs geen steun van hun eigen burgers voor zo’n schandalige daad. Jullie zijn zelf in een tragische economische en sociale situatie beland vanwege de val van deze private banken. De EU is niet opgericht om mensen in financiële slavernij te brengen, noch om ze in grotere armoede te dompelen. Integendeel! Hoe meer jullie zaak openbaar wordt gemaakt in de EU, des te minder zullen Londen en Den Haag hun huidige positie kunnen verdedigen. En in ieder geval is lidmaatschap van de EU de prijs van tientallen jaren financiële slavernij niet waard. Het Europees Parlement zou zo spoedig mogelijk moeten stemmen om de chantage door Den Haag en Londen betreffende jullie toelating te weerspreken.

Ten derde heeft jullie land niet méér of minder verplichtingen dan hetgeen de Europese regels voorschrijven in het geval dat private banken failliet gaan. En tot het in jullie land plaatsvond, was voor een dergelijke situatie niets gepland. Dus volg de Europese regels, voor zover die bestaan, en doe niets méér. En aarzel niet om te onderstrepen dat het Verenigd Koninkrijk en Nederland Washington niet durfden te vragen om compensatie voor alle verliezen die hun burgers hebben geleden door de val van Lehman Brothers. Er is dus geen reden om IJsland anders te behandelen! Opnieuw: de EU is opgericht om kleine en grote landen rechtsgelijkheid te bieden.

Ten vierde, buig niet voor de ‘bankiershouding’ die zowel Londen als Den Haag ten toon spreidt. Ze behandelen jullie alsof zij een bank zijn die een hypotheek verstrekt: wat is hun volgende stap als je hun ultimatum afwijst? Beslag leggen op IJsland en jullie uit je eigen land verbannen? Vergeet niet dat niet alleen mensen in IJsland het gedrag van de banken beu zijn. In heel Europa en de wereld, met name in het Verenigd Koninkrijk waar de City steeds meer wordt ervaren als bedreiging voor het welzijn van het volk, groeit de onvrede over het bankestablishment en zijn politieke marionetten. Bied dus weerstand, dan zullen jullie van alle kanten steun ondervinden. We betalen allemaal al en zullen de komende jaren alleen maar meer gaan betalen voor de fouten van onze eigen bankiers en toezichthouders.

Ten laatste, als jullie op safe willen spelen, behandel de EU dan zoals de Britse overheid dat altijd doet: zeg dat je het verzoek zult inwilligen, en doe exact het tegenovergestelde zodra je tot de EU bent toegelaten. Het is minder stijlvol, maar absoluut zeer effectief.

Om in ieder geval te bewijzen dat niet alle Europeanen zo zijn als de Britse en Nederlandse overheden, lanceert Newropeans een petitie genaamd “We zijn allemaal IJslanders, beu om te betalen voor de blunders van banken” met het doel om steun van het volk te krijgen voor jullie protest tegen de huidige schandalige ‘financiële orde’.

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Siamo tutti islandesi, stufi di pagare per i fallimenti delle banche!

Cari amici islandesi,

Come membri di Newropeans, vi rendiamo partecipi delle nostre reazioni verso la vostra attuale lotta contro lo scandaloso ricatto perpetrato dal governo inglese e da quello olandese relativamente ai debiti conseguenti il fallimento delle banche islandesi. Così facendo, entrambi i governi tentano di mettere i contribuenti islandesi contro i risparmiatori inglesi e olandesi, in modo da nascondere le reali responsabilità che si risiedono in seno ai governi stessi, agli enti di sorveglianza, e alle banche. In questo modo si asserisce, ancora una volta, l’idea che sia il cittadino a pagare per gli errori dei banchieri e degli organi di controllo, i quali, invece, godono della totale immunità nei confronti dei loro fallimenti.

Primo, avete ragione a opporvi alle richieste di Londra e L’Aia, le quali stanno andando ben oltre le norme bancarie islandesi vigenti al tempo del crollo finanziario. Gli enti di sorveglianza di queste due nazioni non sono stati in grado di monitorare adeguatamente neanche le banche che operavano sul loro territorio (e entrambe sono state obbligate a versare miliardi per mettere in salvo i propri istituti di credito nazionali). Se sfortunatamente i clienti inglesi e olandesi sono stati coinvolti nel collasso bancario degli istituti di credito privato islandesi, avendo come garanzia un fondo non superiore ai 20.000 € (contro quello di 100.000 € garantito dall’UE), è principalmente un problema delle autorità inglesi e olandesi che hanno permesso che venisse applicato su così ampia scala.

Secondo, Londra e l’Aia non hanno alcun diritto morale per ricattarvi riguardo all’entrata del vostro paese nell’Ue. Non hanno neanche il supporto dei loro stessi cittadini per un atto così vergognoso. Voi stessi vi trovate in una situazione tragica sia dal punto di vista economico che da quello sociale a causa del collasso del sistema bancario privato. L’Ue non è stata creata per sottomettere i popoli a una schiavitù finanziaria, né per aggravare la loro condizione di povertà. Tutto il contrario! Più il vostro caso diventerà pubblico, meno Londra e L’Aia saranno in grado di sostenere la loro attuale posizione. E comunque, il diventare membro dell’Ue non vale anni di schiavitù economica. Il Parlamento Europeo dovrebbe votare il prima possibile per impedire a Londra e L’Aia di ricattarvi riguardo alla vostra entrata nell’Ue.

Terzo, il vostro paese non ha né più né meno obblighi di quelli stabiliti dal piano normativo Europeo in caso di crollo del sistema bancario privato. Per quanto è accaduto nel vostro paese, non era ancora stato previsto alcun provvedimento. Pertanto, attenetevi alle normative europee, se ve ne sono, e nient’altro. E non esitate a sottolineare che il Regno Unito e l’Olanda non hanno osato chiedere a Washington di ricompensare tutte le perdite subite dai loro cittadini a causa del fallimento della Lehman Brothers. Non c’è ragione per riservare all’Islanda un trattamento diverso. Ribadiamo che l’Ue è stata creata per mettere i diritti delle piccole nazioni sullo stesso piano di quelle grandi.

Quarto, non piegatevi all’atteggiamento da banchieri che sia Londra che L’Aia hanno assunto. Si comportano con voi come se fossero una banca che gestisce un mutuo: quale sarà la loro prossima mossa se rifiuterete il loro ultimatum? Pignoreranno l’Islanda ed espelleranno tutti voi dalla nazione? Non dimenticate che non è solo in Islanda che la gente è stanca del comportamento delle banche. Lo è in tutta Europa e in tutto il mondo, in particolare nel Regno Unito, dove la City è vista sempre di più come un’entità che minaccia il benessere delle persone. Gli animi si stanno inasprendo nei confronti degli istituti finanziari e delle loro marionette politiche. Per questo resistete e troverete supporto da ogni parte. Tutti noi stiamo pagando e pagheremo ancora di più negli anni a venire per colpa degli errori dei nostri banchieri e dei nostri enti di sorveglianza.

Ultimo, ma non meno importante, se non volete correre rischi, agite come è solito fare il governo britannico con l’Ue. Affermate che accettate le condizioni che vi vengono poste e una volta nell’Ue fate esattamente il contrario di quanto dichiarato. E’ meno elegante, ma certamente più efficace.

Ad ogni modo, per dimostrarvi che non tutti gli europei sono come i governi inglese e olandese, Newropeans ha lanciato una petizione chiamata “Siamo tutti islandesi, stufi di pagare per i fallimenti delle banche”. Lo scopo è quello di raccogliere consenso popolare attorno alla vostra resistenza contro il presente e oltraggioso “ordine finanziario”.

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Wir sind alle Isländer. Wir haben es satt, für die Fehler der Banken aufzukommen!

Liebe Isländischen Freunde,

lassen Sie uns als Newropeans einige Anmerkungen zu Ihrem gegenwärtigen Kampf gegen die unerhörte Erpressung durch die britische und holländische Regierung bezüglich der Schulden der gescheiterten isländischen Banken mit Ihnen teilen.

Mit dieser Erpressung versuchen beide Regierungen, isländische Steuerzahler gegen britische und holländische Sparer auszuspielen, um von der eigenen Verantwortung abzulenken, die bei der Regierung selbst, der Finanzaufsicht und den Banken liegt. Solange sie behaupten, dass Bürger immer für die Fehler von Bankiers und Gesetzgeber aufkommen sollten, genießen sie eine vollständige Immunität für ihre Misserfolge.

Zuallererst, es ist Ihr gutes Recht, sich Londons und Den Haags Forderungen zu widersetzen, die weit über die isländischen Bankvorschriften zum Zeitpunkt des Bankenkollaps hinausgehen. Die Aufsichtsbehörden beider Länder haben es versäumt, die Aktivitäten von Banken im eigenen Land ordentlich zu überwachen (und beide waren gezwungen, ihre nationalen "banking champions" mit Milliardensummen zu stützen). Wenn bedauerlicher Weise britische und holländische Kunden vom Zusammenbruch isländischer Privatbanken, die nur eine Bankgarantie von bis zu 20.000 € (gegenüber 100.000 € in der EU) gewähren, betroffen sind, bleibt dies zunächst eine Angelegenheit britischer und holländischer Behörden, die ihren Bürgern erlaubten das große Rad zu drehen.

Zweitens, London und Den Haag besitzen kein moralisches Recht, Sie mit dem EU-Beitritt Ihres Landes zu erpressen. Für solch ein schändliches Vorgehen haben sie nicht einmal die Unterstützung ihrer eigenen Bürger. Auf Grund des Zusammenbruchs privater Banken befinden Sie sich selbst in einer tragischen ökonomischen und sozialen Situation. Die EU wurde nicht dazu geschaffen, Menschen in finanzielle Knechtschaft zu bringen auch nicht, um sie in größere Armut zu stürzen. Im Gegenteil! Je mehr Ihr Fall in der EU öffentlich gemacht wird, desto weniger werden London und Den Haag in der Lage sein, ihre gegenwärtige Position aufrecht zu erhalten. Und in jedem Fall ist EU-Mitgliedschaft den Preis jahrzehntelanger finanzieller Knechtschaft nicht wert. Das Europäische Parlament sollte sobald wie möglich über die Zurückweisung der Erpressung Londons und Den Haags über Ihren Beitrittsgesuch abstimmen.

Drittens, Ihr Land hat nicht mehr und nicht weniger Verpflichtungen als die Europäischen Bestimmungen für den Fall eines Zusammenbruchs privater Banken vorsehen. Und so lange nichts passierte, wurde in Ihrem Land nicht wirklich Vorsorge für diese Art von Situation getroffen. Halten Sie sich ganz einfach an die europäischen Regeln! Und zögern Sie nicht zu unterstreichen, dass weder Groß-Britannien noch die Niederlande es wagten Washington aufzufordern, die Verluste ihrer Bürger aus der Lehman-Pleite zu auszugleichen. Es besteht kein Grund für eine abweichende Behandlung von Island. Um es deutlich zu sagen: die EU wurde geschaffen, um die Rechte kleiner Länder gegenüber großen Staaten in auszugleichen.

Viertens, knickt nicht vor Londons und Den Haags „Banker-Getue“ ein. Sie verhalten sich wie eine Bank, die eine Hypothek verwaltet: Was wird die nächste Eskalationsstufe sein, wenn Sie ihr Ultimatum verstreichen lassen? Island zwangsvollstrecken und Sie aus Ihrem Land ausweisen? Vergessen Sie nicht, dass nicht nur die Menschen in Island das Verhalten von Banken leid sind. Überall in Europa und der Welt, ins Besondere im Vereinigten Königreich, wo die City zunehmend als eine Bedrohung für den Wohlstand der Menschen empfunden wird, wird die Stimmung gegenüber dem Establishment der Banker und ihren politischen Marionetten zunehmend gereizter. Also leisten Sie Widerstand. Sie erhalten Unterstützung von überall. Wir alle zahlen bereits und werden in Zukunft noch mehr für die Fehler unser Banker und ihrer Aufseher aufkommen müssen.

Zu guter Letzt: Wenn Sie sicher gehen wollen, machen Sie es genauso, wie die britischen Regierungen immer mit der EU gehalten haben. Erklären Sie sich einverstanden - sind Sie dann erst mal in der EU, machen Sie genau das Gegenteil von dem, was Sie vorher zusagten. Es ist zwar weniger elegant, aber bestimmt sehr effektiv.

Um zu beweisen, dass nicht alle Europäer so sind wie die britische und holländische Regierung, platzieren wir Newropeans eine Petition mit dem Namen: „Wir sind alle Isländer. Wir haben es satt, für die Fehler der Banken aufzukommen!“ mit dem Ziel, möglichst viel Aufmerksamkeit für Ihren Widerstand gegen die gegenwärtig unerhörte „Finanzordnung“ zu erreichen.

15. Hold a Referendum on the Lisbon Treaty

In November 2009 the UK became part of an effective EU superstate, this of course is known by its name of the Lisbon Treaty which our country signed, however the ordinary citizen of Britain was never consulted in the process of signing the Lisbon Treaty.

However one little known part of the Lisbon Treaty has saved the day. Citizen's Initiative means that any signature that gets 1,000,000 signatures can be introduced as a bill in the European parliament. So the idea is to get Lisbon Treaty referendum as a bill in the European parliament.

Please sign and get us out of this EU hellhole.

16. European Union should Reverse the Ban on Import of Seal Products from Canada

The European Union has voted to ban the import of all products including fur, meat, and seal oil from Canada. The effect that this will have on the Canadian Economy will be irreversible, and this will effectively in the future shut down a very viable industry.

This will also have a major negative effect on the lifestyles of indigenous peoples in our country who have relied on the sale of seal products for a major portion of there income.

Please sign this petition so that we can have the European Union reverse there decision with regards to this ban.

17. Save Our Watts


This is a petition against the EU removing the measure of power "watts" from lightbulbs and replacing them with the measure "lumens". From September next year, lightbulbs in the European Union will no longer be marked with wattage, they will instead be marked in lumens. There is fear these bulbs are linked to several health issues including skin rashes, migraine and epilepsy. There are also safety concerns because of their mercury content, which makes them difficult and dangerous to dispose of. Watts is our standard measure for the power produced by a lightbulb and is understood worldwide. This will also undoubtly have an affect on our children aswell, as watts is often used in Physics and is an intracil part of it. However without this in mainstream society, it will most likely prove to be negative on our children's understanding of the measure.

The Watt is named after Scotsman James Watt, the developer of the steam engine amongst other creations such as rotary engine and letter copying press (essentialy a very early photocopier). The unit of power was first accepted into the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1889 and since it's acception into the International System of Units in 1960 it has been ever-present on almost every lightbulb world-wide.

18. Against killing of strays within the European Union

Please HELP prevent the European Union from implementing the mass killings of stray animals and the union-wide installation of killing shelters by signing this petition!

The problem:
The growing numbers of abandoned and free-roaming pets (especially dogs and cats) have become a problem in some European states. More and more we are confronted with horrific news about and pictures of animals that have been poisoned or otherwise killed and animals who have been subjected to terrible abuse. Animal welfare activists have been trying for many years to improve the situation for strays and have made great personal and financial efforts to do so. Within the affected countries the legal protection of pets is either missing, completely inadequate or rarely implemented.
In recent times throughout the world and in some European countries strays have been held responsible for the spread of rabies and other diseases. In some countries mass killings of roaming dogs and cats have already been undertaken under this pretence.

The legislators
In May 2008 the European Union published the “European Parliament resolution of 22 May 2008 on a new animal health strategy for the European Union 2007-2013 (2007/2260(INI)). Beside other aspects this strategy provides for a strong dependency on the “Draft guidelines on stray dog population control” of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) formulated by the Terrestrial Animal Health Standards Commission (Report October 2008). All member states of the EU are members of the OIE as well.

The solution of the stray dog problem in accordance with the OIE
The draft guidelines of the OIE have already accepted methods used by various non-European countries. The guidelines of OIE are strongly targeted on economic aspects. They define clearly the methods required for implementation of containment of rabies connected with the stray problem. The OIE, whose leading commissioners come from countries having problems with strays, naturally support the immediate elimination of the problem. The fastest solution for solving the stray problem according to the OIE guidelines is euthanasia of the animals - especially regarding monetary costs, infrastructure and "unsuitability“ of the animals.

The “humane” methods accepted by the OIE for eliminating stray populations range from the insertion of a captive bolt into the head followed by pithing prior to exsanguination - to death in gas chambers or electrocution.

According to the OIE the responsibility for the decision about the fate of strays living in a certain region is carried by the local authorities alone. Veterinarians and animal welfare organisations are degraded to 'gophers' of the local authorities and their politicians.

The consequences for Europe
This appalling document of the OIE means not only a sentence of death for stray dogs world-wide, it is also approved by the majority of the EU representatives according to the result of their voting on the “European Parliament resolution of 22 May 2008 on a new animal health strategy for the European Union 2007-2013 (2007/2260(INI))”.

However, no such legal frame has yet been passed.

But, because the EU is planning to apply for OIE membership and because all member states of the EU are members of the OIE as well, there exists the great danger that in Europe killing shelters and mass killings of stray animals will be established by law. Such killings will not be performed only in times of acute rabies in some regions. They can be conducted as well in cases where human beings feel bothered or harassed by faeces and noise, or when the animals are feared to be the cause of obstruction of traffic. A dog may be killed if it is said it was dangerous or if a town or a municipality has insufficient financial resources for vaccination or castration or to keep animals in a shelter for a longer period of time. We all know, what can happen if local authorities are the decision makers (see e.g. Serbia, Turkey, China, etc.)!

Instead of stopping the mass production of pets, the uncontrolled breeding and the mass import of kittens and puppies, the OIE allows such “breeders” to continue their business with impunity. The OIE wishes only that dog breeders and dealers should be encouraged to form or join an appropriate association. Euthanasia of our companion animals becomes a solution for a human-made problem that people are not willing to solve. To eliminate the stray problem people need to develop compassion or responsibility. But in fact people will be encouraged to act irresponsibly if the right to kill pets is handed to them.

The right to practise euthanasia in order to eliminate a self-created problem makes things easy for politicians and obviates the necessity of teaching their citizens to treat animals with respect. The high standards of animal welfare in Europe and the decades of efforts to produce better animal welfare of many persons will go for nothing. The brutalisation of humans towards their companion animals will be another consequence.

Some countries, where today an effective animal welfare exists, will have to get used to the legalised and arbitrary killing of their pets by local authority diktat. In the same manner animals will be increasingly treated as disposable by irresponsible people.

Our claims

With regard to animals that have been maltreated, abused and abandoned, we do have to protest against legislation that legalises the killing of pets and stray animals. This petition aims to prevent such legislation from coming into effect and make sure that the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals (Strasbourg, 13.XI.1987) will be improved.

This petition supports legislation that protects stray animals in Europe and does not hand them over to be killed by local authorities.

Our thanks go to all who sign this petition and fight to help the strays in Europe.

The petition will be closed latest May 3rd 2009!

Documentary reference:
Written declaration on the welfare of pets and stray animals pursuant to Rule 116 of the Rules of Procedure by Alain Hutchinson, David Hammerstein and Neil Parish on the welfare of pets and stray animals

European Parliament resolution of 22 May 2008 on a new animal health strategy for the European Union 2007-2013 (2007/2260(INI))

World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE); “DRAFT GUIDELINES ON STRAY DOG POPULATION CONTROL” Terrestrial Animal Health Standards Commission Report October 2008

Animal Health: prevention is better than cure

Written comments of the Community on the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code following the Terrestrial Animal Health Standard Commission meeting of October 2008 and prior to its next meeting in March 2009.
The new Animal Health Strategy - Strategy's progress

Paris, 2–6 March 2009

Comment of the petition’s author: This petition is linked IN NO CASE to any political party, organisation or association! - March, 12th 2009, Barbara Kowollik

Photo reference
Reschitz_-_La_Salas_01.jpg / PIXELIO'

Important note regarding the copyright:
Because this petition was partly copied and changed by unauthorized people I am forced to point out, that I hold the copyright of this petition in its whole!
Barbara Kowollik, July 22nd 2010

19. Against the nomination of Tony Blair as "President of the European Union"

Petition [EN]: We, European citizens of all origins and of all political persuasions, wish to express our total opposition to the nomination of Tony Blair to the Presidency of the European Council. To sign the petition, please go to the bottom of this page.

Petition [DE]: Wir, europäische Bürger jeglicher Herkunft und aller politischer Überzeugungen, möchten unseren entschiedenen Widerstand gegen die Nominierung von Tony Blair zum Präsidenten des Europäischen Rates zum Ausdruck bringen.

Pétition [FR]: Nous, citoyens européens de toutes origines et de toutes tendances souhaitons exprimer notre totale opposition à la nomination de Tony Blair à la présidence du Conseil de l'Union Européenne. Pour signer la pétition, aller au bas de cette page.

Petizione [IT]: Noi, cittadini europei di ogni origine e appartenenza politica, desideriamo esprimere la nostra totale opposizione alla candidatura di Tony Blair alla presidenza dell'Unione europea.

Petición [ES]: Los firmantes, ciudadanos europeos de todo origen y orientación política, deseamos expresar nuestra total oposición a la nominación de Tony Blair como Presidente del Consejo Europeo.

Petycja [PL]: My, obywatele europejscy wszelkiego pochodzenia i wszelkich przekonań politycznych, pragniemy wyrazić nasz zupełny sprzeciw wobec nominacji Tony'ego Blaira na Przewodniczącego Rady Europejskiej.

Petiţie [RO]: Noi, cetăţeni europeni de toate originile şi de toate orientările politice, dorim să ne exprimăm totala noastră opoziţie la nominalizarea lui Tony Blair la preşedenţia Uniunii Europene.

Petitie [NL]: Wij, Europese burgers van alle komaf en alle politieke overtuigingen willen onze complete tegenstand uitspreken tegen de nominatie van Tony Blair voor het voorzitterschap van de Europese Raad.

Ψήφισμα [EL]: Όλοι εμείς, Ευρωπαίοι πολίτες κάθε προέλευσης και πολιτικών πεποιθήσεων, επιθυμούμε να εκφράσουμε την πλήρη μας αντίθεση στην υποψηφιότητα του Τόνυ Μπλαιρ για την Προεδρία του Συμβουλίου της ΕΕ.

Petíció [HU]: Mi, különféle származású és politikai meggyőződésű európai polgárok, ezúton szeretnénk kifejezni, hogy teljes mértékben elutasítjuk Tony Blair jelölését az Európai Tanács elnöki tisztére!

Petice[CZ]: My, občané EU jakéhokoli původu a politického přesvědčení bychom rádi vyjádřili naši totální opozici vůči nominaci Tonyho Blaira na prezidenta Evropské rady.

Petição [PT]: Nós, cidadãos europeus de todas as origens e inclinações políticas, desejamos expressar a nossa oposiçao total à nomeação de Tony Blair para a Presidência do Conselho da União Europeia.

Namninsamling [SV]: Vi undertecknade, europeiska medborgare av alla härkomster och politiska övertygelser, önskar uttrycka vårt fullständiga motstånd mot nomineringen av Tony Blair som Europeiska rådets ordförande.

Underskriftindsamling [DA]: Vi, de undertegnede europæiske borgere, ønsker uafhængigt af vor oprindelse og politiske tilknytning i øvrigt at udtrykke vor udelte modstand imod nomineringen af Tony Blair til posten som formand for det Europæiske Råd.

Petícia [SK]: My, občania EÚ akéhokoľvek pôvodu a politického presvedčenia si prajeme vyjadriť našu totálnu opozíciu voči nomináciiTonyho Blaira za prezidenta Európskej rady.

Peticija [LT]: Mes, visų kilmių ir politinių pažiūrų Europos piliečiai, norime išreikšti savo visišką priešiškumą Tony Blair'o iškėlimui į Europos Vadovų Tarybos Pirmininkavimą.

Achainí [GA]: Teastaíonn uainne, saoránaigh Eorpacha de gach cineál agus de gach creideamh polaitíochta, a rá go bhfuilimid glan in aghaidh ainmniú Tony Blair mar Uachtarán ar an gComhairle Eorpach.

Петиция [RU]: Мы, европейцы с различным гражданством и политическими убеждениями, заявляем о своём решительном несогласии с выдвижением Тони Блэра на пост Президента Совета Европейского Союза.

Petició [CA]: Nosaltres, ciutadans europeus de diferents orígens i tendències polítiques, volem expressar la nostra total oposició a la nominació de Tony Blair a la presidència del Consell Europeu.

Eskaera [EU]: Guk, jatorri eta joera politiko orotariko Europako hiritar garenok, adierazi nahi dugu Tony Blair Europar Kontseiluaren Lehendakari izendatzearen aurka gaudela zeharo.

Athchuinge [GD]: Tha sinne, cathairichean Eòrpach de gach gnè agus de gach creideamh poilitigeach, airson dearbhadh gu bheil sinn gu tur an aghaidh ainmeachadh Tònaidh Blair mar Cheann-suidhe na Comhairle Eòrpaich.

Petskribo [EO]: Ni, eŭropaj civitanoj de ĉiaj originoj kaj ĉiaj politikaj opinioj, volas esprimi nian plenan kontraŭstaron al la nomumo de Tony Blair por prezidanteco de la Eŭropa Konsilio.


My dear fellow Pakistanis and the world at large,

My country is ruled by a recently retired General who ruled us against our wishes for eight long years of our lives as a serving General and Chief of Staff of the Pakistan Army.

Now in his ninth year of rule he has locked up prominent members of the judiciary including the Chief Justice of the Country ands some other prominent lawyers. His Regime is at war with the people of Pakistan themselves in one form or another.



21. Call for EU Reform Treaty Referendum

A petition of the people of Cornwall calling to have their say on the EU Reform Treaty by way of a Referendum.

22. UK should withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights

The European Convention on Human Rights was signed by the UK government in 1998 without any prior consent from the British public.

This has caused us to lose our right to self govern and means that any criminal can appeal to the EU Court which overrules our courts.

23. Do not BAN Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in EU

May 6, 2006

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have been fighting for Tamils, for Freedom, for a HOMELAND (Tamil Eelam) for very long time. Now, they are close to achiveing their goal.

We, Tamils from around the world, must show our support to the heroes that are sacrificing their lives for our good.

24. Poland should quit the European Union

This petition is for Poland to abandon membership in European Union.

25. Against Turkey in the European Union

While all members of the European Union have a common code of ethics and culture based on Christian roots and tradition, Turkey simply does not match.

Turkish people in the EU do not attempt to integrate themselves. Instead, they demand host countries to adapt to THEIR culture and while doing so, build one Mosque after the other.

No more crosses in classrooms? Turkish as subject in schools? Islam as subject in schools? HOW DEEP DO WE HAVE TO GET ?!

Once Turkey is member of the European Union, its citizens can travel, settle and work freely among Europe.


26. Manifesto against Bullfighting

The Anti Bullfighting Committee Netherlands campaigns against the cruel tradition of bullfighting. Main tasks of the Committee are informing tourists not to visit bullfights, publishing a newsletter and organizing protest actions. The Committee cooperates with anti bullfighting organisations in Spain, France and Portugal and lobbies on the European Union.

Founded in 1991, the Committee has 18.000 supporters, 4 professionals who work at the central office in Utrecht and 150 volunteers throughout the country.

By giving us your signature, you are supporting the current campaign in which we demand the European Union to discontinue the subventions for breeding bulls.

“Bullfighting is cruel, horrible and unacceptable. Stop the torturing and killing of bulls for entertainment. I demand from the European Union to forbid this useless and barbarous bloodshed in all member countries”.

With this manifesto the Anti Bullfighting Committee Netherlands fights this form of organized crime against animals. In collaboration with several other European organizations struggling for animal welfare.

27. Vote against expansion of UE

This petition is to the People of Ireland to block formally the expansion of European Union in fall referendum by voting against the Nice treaty.

28. Ban VWP for Europe

This petition is to ban Visa Wawer Program by the method administrative for citizens of European Union. EU is harassing legal residents of United States with unconstitutional formalities and regulations.

29. Impose sanctions against EU

This petition is to impose further trade sunctions against the European Union in case of Eastern Expansion.
The European Union is tending to seek profit from slavery labour in Poland and other Eastern Countries after expansion.

30. Expel Greece from European Union

This petition is to expel Greece from the European Union. Greece is violating European Citizenship Convention forcing its citizens abroad to military service and denying Greek citizens right to Greek passport when applying for foreign citizenship.

This is unacceptable a day before expansion of the European Union and could create the precedence for similar situation in Poland and other new members of European Union.

The Greek citizens in the USA, mainly army enlists, are suspected to force citizens of Eastern European countries to military service in their country and block legal immigration.