Petition to Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General, Council of Europe
Probe the abuse of democratic freedoms in the UK
The UK's highest court has ruled that Boris Johnson was wrong to stop Parliament from carrying out its duties.
The court's president, Lady Hale, said:
"The effect on the fundamentals of our democracy was extreme."
By shutting down parliament and refusing to confirm he will obey the rule of law, Boris Johnson has shown that he is willing to wreak havoc with British democracy.
Just like with the #DeniedMyVote scandal which saw over 1 million EU citizens and Britons abroad wrongly deprived of their right to vote in the European elections, the UK Government continues to put its contempt for democratic freedoms on parade.
We are a group of committed European activists who want the best for Britain.
Brexit may be a matter for the UK. But democracy and the rule of law are the concern of all who care about a Europe of human rights and equality.
That's why we are asking the Council of Europe to probe the UK government's commitment to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
At the last election the Conservative Party promised to uphold the ECHR for the lifetime of this parliament.
The behaviour of Boris Johnson and the UK government in recent weeks puts the Conservative's long-term commitment to the ECHR into doubt.
Roger Casale, Founder and CEO of New Europeans said:
"The UK is in the grip of a right-wing, populist revolution.
Anything that stands in the way of this revolution will be ripped aside so that those in power can have their way. The events of the last few weeks make that clear.
A Johnson government would not stop at taking the UK out of the EU - it might well take the UK out of the European Convention on Human Rights as well.
We call on all who care about the future of democracy in Europe to stand with us.
It's time to show solidarity with the fight to defend democracy in Britain.
Because we are Europeans."
Iris Hilker, a volunteer with Pulse of Europe in Aachen said:
“I call on the citizens of Europe to please not forget our friends and neighbours in Britain. Stand up with them for their rights and freedoms.
Take to the streets, take to social media, make a sign, light a candle, reach out to friends. Show solidarity will all those who are to safeguard the future of democracy in Britain."
Raffaella Bolini, a civil society leader in Italy, said:
“I am really worried, seeing the civil rights issues at stake in the UK and the implications for Europe."
Dominik Kirchdorfer, President of the European Future Forum said:
"The UK once was a beacon of democracy and rationalism. In recent years it has descended into chaos and utter political madness.
People no longer listen to one another and no matter how Brexit is resolved, half the population will be unsatisfied.
That is why it is so important that the UK government gives a sign to the international community that it will continue to put citizens' rights first, by ensuring the ECHR will be upheld after Brexit."
Jean-Marc Roirant, President of the European Civic Forum said
“We see each day how much democracy is challenged in the EU, not only in some central European countries, but also in the UK, as its Supreme Court has ruled these days.
We know from experience the unique role played by the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) as the last resort safeguard mechanism in defence of democracy and citizens’ rights in Europe.
It is inconceivable to have the UK opting out or even questioning its full compliance to its rulings.
I can say the same of any country belonging to the Council of Europe.”
By signing this petition, you are showing that you share our concerns about the future of democracy in the UK and believe,as we do, that it is always the right time to stand up for the values that bind us together peacefully in Europe.