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January 27, 2012 | Peter Bradwell
ACTA rapporteur resigns over 'masquerade'
Kader Arif, rapporteur for ACTA in the European Parliament, has quit his role as rapporteur. Thanks to La
Quadrature Du Net, here's his statement in English:
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 masquerade.
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Strong stuff and a brave move. Another clear signal that something is seriously wrong. It's going to be our job to
make sure that the public's voice is heard. Get ready to help us retrofit some democracy into the ACTA
masquerade.
ACTA
European Parliament
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