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ACTA rapporteur denounces ACTA mascarade

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 organisations, 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 mascarade.”

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ACTA – Stop the biggest threat to Internet freedom

Wat is er aan de hand? Vandaag werd bekend dat het internationale anti-piraterij verdrag ACTA door de Europese Commissie is goedgekeurd. Dit verdrag – dat net zo schadelijk is als de zojuist afgeschoten SOPA en PIPA-wetgeving in de VS – is in achterkamertjes bedisseld. We weten ongeveer wat erin staat, maar geen der onderhandelingspartijen is bereid om de informatie met het grote publiek te delen.

Europa kan een sleutelrol vervullen: als ACTA in mei wordt verworpen, is het hele verdrag van de baan. De bal ligt nu dus bij de EU. Stemmen politici in met een verdrag dat ingrijpende consequenties heeft of kiezen zij voor een vrij en open internet?

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Your tattoo is pretty hardcore too …


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