[A2k] ACTA, CETA, etc. Stop Denying Democracy!

Frederic Couchet fcouchet at april.org
Wed Oct 24 02:23:34 PDT 2012


ACTA, CETA, etc. Stop Denying Democracy!

October 24th, 2012, press release.

Permanent link :

http://www.april.org/en/acta-ceta-etc-stop-denying-democracy

In 2011 and 2012, European citizens took to the streets to protest
against secret negociations of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
(ACTA) that threatened their fundamental freedoms. This led to a massive
rejection of the agreement in the European Parliament in last July. The
message was clear: no repressive measures without a democratic debate by
our elected representatives. .

Nevertheless, the European Comission and the Member States are still
trying to force the adoption of repressive measures that undermine
fundamental freedoms, under the cover of trade agreements kept
secret. The Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA), the India-EU, Thailand-EU,
Moldavia-EU Free Trade Agreements, etc.: all these agreements might
include dispositions harmful for Internet users's rights, access to
essential drugs or the use of free software..

It is unacceptable that measures threatening fundamental freedoms be
negotiated in total opacity by unelected administrators when these
provisions, which go way beyond trade agreements, must be debated in a
democratic and transparent way.

Act Up-Paris, l'April and La Quadrature du Net demand :

- that the Commission :

  - immmediately publish the content of currently negociated agreements,

  - stop including provisions in trade agreements that undermine
    fundamental freedoms, the development of free software or access to
    affordable generic drugs for millions of people;

- that EU Member States take their responsibilities and:

  - inform citizens on criminal sanctions provisions currently being
    negotiated,

  - remind the European Commission of the limits of its negotiating
    mandate,

  - publicly take position against the inclusion in trade agreements of
    measures that threaten fundamental freedoms, the development of free
    software or access to affordable generic drugs for millions of
    people.





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