[pp.int.general] Request for Participation - European Action Day "Freedom Not Fear 2008"

Stefan Hermes stefan at hermes-net.de
Sat Jul 26 16:58:23 CEST 2008

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as the call for action of AK Vorrat will be published tomorrow:
is any pirateparty officially supporting the action day in their
country, or even better, coordinates a local action day?

Any feedback of the steering commitee of a pirateparty (or any pirate in
the countries where still no pirateparty exists) in countries where
actions are planned would be highly welcome, these are currently
Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Finland, England, Spain, Cyprus, France,
Czech Republic, Italy, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Sweden, Netherlands, Austria
and USA.

Feedback till tomorrow at 3 p.m. would be fine as we would like to use
the momentum of the AK announcement for our supporting press release. ;)


Ricardo Cristof Remmert-Fontes schrieb:
> Hi pirates,
> additionally, if you want to support this event in your country (we 
> still hav no organizer for poland for example), please subscribe to the 
> planning mailing list:
> https://listes.globenet.org/listinfo/fnf2008
> Please note, that our call for action has been updated a bit and will be 
> published at 27.07. - so, if you want to participating at the first 
> wave, please do now! :-)
> The info-page about the campaign is:
> https://wiki.vorratsdatenspeicherung.de/Freedom_Not_Fear_2008
> The Call for Action:
> https://wiki.vorratsdatenspeicherung.de/Freedom_Not_Fear_2008/Call_for_action
> The idea and concept:
> https://wiki.vorratsdatenspeicherung.de/Freedom_Not_Fear_2008/Concept
> https://wiki.vorratsdatenspeicherung.de/Freedom_Not_Fear_2008/Letter_Supporter 
> Best regards,
> Ricardo Cristof
> Ricardo Cristof Remmert-Fontes schrieb:
>> Dear friends of freedom!
>> On the 11th of October 2008, human and civil rights organizations from
>> all over Europe are planning protests in every European capital.
>> This Pan-European campaign hopes to raise awareness for the need for
>> greater freedom and democracy in Europe, as well as a protest against
>> the security and intelligence apparatus of the state contravening human
>> rights by means of surveillance, data retention and biometric databases
>> across Europe.
>> We believe that the retention of citizen's electronic communication
>> violates fundamental human rights, like the right to privacy. It
>> violates confidential communication between priests and confessors,
>> journalists and their sources, doctors and patients, lawyers and
>> clients. It does not increase the success of criminal investigations,
>> but instead can be used to reveal political, business, and private
>> communication and endangers the work of political, direct aid and
>> refugee support groups.
>> We would kindly ask you to support this Europe-wide protest by
>> disseminating the call for action to your own members or organization
>> and other like-minded organizations. In a lot of European countries,
>> organizational, logistic and financial support is very welcome!
>>      * The goal is to form broad and sustainable movements in every
>> EU-member state for freedom and democracy.*
>> We would like to see hundreds of thousands of people everywhere to stand
>> up for the vision of a just society.
>> The European Call for Action will follow soon. Actually, we are working
>> on it in an open process, so you are invited to participate.[3]
>> You may find the draft Call for action below.
>> Please note: it's a draft, feel free to edit and discuss. Deadline is
>> 20. July and it should be released by all participating organizations
>> with an individual press Release an 25. July.
>> We would also be happy if you and your national member organizations are
>> kindly would sign and support the Call for Action and the campaign itself.
>> You will understand that the whole campaign will cost a lot of money;
>> for Germany alone we expect costs of 50-100.000 Euro. Thus, the
>> organizations in the member states are asked to look for funding
>> themselves and in every country money is desperately needed.
>> We have set up an organizational website, where every country is listed.
>> In some states the contact data of a main organizer are missing, which
>> simply means, that every organization is welcome to start organizing
>> protest there.
>> If you have any further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to
>> contact me, you'll find my contact data below.
>> Best regards / Viele Grüße,
>> Ricardo Cristof Remmert-Fontes
>> - AK Vorrat -
>> Fon: +49-30-692099223
>> Fax: +49-700-25808789
>> Mobile: +49-170-2487266
>> +++++ Background: +++++
>> The protest is based on an idea of the "AK Vorrat" ("German Working
>> group on data retention"; http://www.ak-vorrat.de/), a german human
>> rights group, which is supported in Germany by over 49 national
>> organizations like human and civil rights groups, associations of
>> journalists, lawyers and doctors, the associations of confessional and
>> emergency help lines.[1][2]
>> [1] The AK Vorrat has filed the largest "class-action" constitutional
>> case of all times in Germany (as a symbol) against the adoption of the
>> european directive on data retention (DR 2006/24/EC):
>> http://www.vorratsdatenspeicherung.de/content/view/202/79/ (de/en)
>> [2] Joint statement on the draft bill on telecommunications data
>> retention of 49 organisations (including FFII Germany):
>> http://www.vorratsdatenspeicherung.de/content/view/80/100/
>> (de/en)
>> [3] Link to Draft European Call for Action:
>> http://wiki.ak-vorrat.de/Freedom_Not_Fear_2008/Call_for_action
>> +++++Draft Call for Action+++++
>> *European Action Day "Freedom not fear - Stop the surveillance mania!"
>> all over Europe on 11 October 2008*
>> A broad movement of campaigners and organizations is calling on
>> everybody to join action against excessive surveillance by businesses
>> and governments. On 11 October 2008, concerned humans all over Europe
>> will take to the streets, the motto being "Freedom not fear 2008".
>> Peaceful and creative action, from protest marches to parties, will take
>> place in many European capital cities.
>> Surveillance mania is spreading. Governments and businesses register,
>> monitor and control our behaviour ever more thoroughly. No matter what
>> we do, who we phone and talk to, where we go, whom we are friends with,
>> what our interests are, which groups we participate in - "big brother"
>> government and "little brothers" in business know it more and more
>> thoroughly. Increasingly, these databases are networked, searched, rated
>> and otherwise utilized for discriminating people and affecting their
>> lives without human any oversight.
>> The resulting lack of privacy and confidentiality is putting at risk the
>> freedom of confession, the freedom of speech as well as the work of
>> doctors, helplines, lawyers and journalists.
>> The manifold agenda of security sector reform encompasses the
>> convergence of police, intelligence agencies and the military,
>> threatening to melt down the division and balance of powers.
>> Using methods of mass surveillance, the borderless cooperation of the
>> military, intelligence services and police authorities is leading
>> towards a "Fortress Europe", directed against refugees and
>> different-looking people but also affecting, for example, political
>> activists, the poor and under-priviledged, and sports fans.
>> People who constantly feel watched and under surveillance cannot freely
>> and courageously stand up for their rights and for a just society. Mass
>> surveillance is thereby threatening the fabric of a democratic and
>> inclusive society.
>> Mass surveillance is also endangering the work and commitment of civil
>> society organizations.
>> Surveillance, distrust and fear are gradually transforming our society
>> into one of uncritical consumers who have "nothing to hide" and - in a
>> vain attempt to achieve total security - are prepared to give up their
>> freedoms. We do not want to live in such a society!
>> We believe the respect for our privacy to be an important part of our
>> human dignity. And of course, free and responsible society needs private
>> and trustworthy communication as well as private spaces.
>> However, with the blanket collection of information on all European
>> airline passengers and the disclosure of Europeans' personal data to the
>> US, even more intrusive surveillance powers are on the insatiable
>> political agenda. Yet, the increasing electronic registration and
>> surveillance of the entire population does not make us any safer from
>> crime, costs millions of Euros and puts the privacy of innocent citizens
>> at risk. Under the reign of fear and blind actionism, targeted and
>> sustained security measures fall by the wayside, as well as tackeling
>> peoples' actual daily problems such as unemployment and poverty.
>> In order to protest against security mania and excessive surveillance we
>> will take to the streets in capital cities all over Europe on 11 October
>> 2008. We call on everybody to join our peaceful protest. Politicians are
>> to see that we are willing to take to the streets for the protection of
>> our liberties.
>> You can find the latest information on the protest marches and the list
>> of participating cities at our website:
>> http://wiki.vorratsdatenspeicherung.de/Freedom_Not_Fear_2008.
>> Our demands
>> 1. Cutback on surveillance
>>      * abolish the blanket logging of our communications and locations
>> (data retention)
>>      * abolish the blanket collection of our biometric data as well as
>> RFID passports
>>      * abolish the blanket collection of genetic data
>>      * abolish permanent CCTV camera surveillance and automatic
>> detection techniques
>>      * scrap funding for the development of new surveillance techniques
>>      * no blanket registration of all air travellers (PNR data)
>>      * no information exchange with the US and other states lacking
>> effective data protection
>>      * no searches of private computer systems, neither online nor offline
>>      * no surveillance and filtering of internet communication
>> 2. Guaranteeing freedom of expression, dialogue and information
>>      * Prohibit the installation of filtering infrastructure on ISP's
>> networks.
>>      * Ensure Internet users can access to the judge in matter of
>> freedom of expression: Only an independent and impartial judge can
>> request removal of content.
>>      * Prohibit the internet contract termination as legal sanction.
>>      * Ensure the strict neutrality of technical intermediaries: FAI,
>> and hosting providers do not ahve to monitor, judge and censor the
>> published content.
>>      * Create a full right to quote multimedia, today indispensable to
>> public debate in democracies.
>>      * Protect common internet places of Expression (participatory
>> sites,  forums, comments on blogs) today threatened by inadequate laws
>> encouraging self-censorship (chilling effect)
>> 3. Evaluation of existing surveillance powers
>> We call for an independent review of all existing surveillance powers as
>> to their effectiveness and harmful side-effects.
>> 4. Moratorium for new surveillance powers
>> After the homeland armament of the past few years we demand an immediate
>> hold to new homeland security laws that further restrict civil liberties.
> Best regards/Viele Grüße,
> Ricardo Cristof Remmert-Fontes

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