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Current Concerns  >  2006  >  No 7, 2006  >  Must the European Union Also be Brought Must the European Union Also be Brought Before a Tribunal? [printversion]

Must the European Union Also be Brought Before a Tribunal?

cc. For months, a discussion about the «European community of values» has been going on. People from other cultures are to be introduced to this «community of values» and integrated into it. This is the homework for sociologists, theologians, social philosophers and pedagogues. They all make a great effort.

However, does the European Union adhere to the «catalogue of values», which is the foundation of modern Europe?

For example to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

The European Union had supported the Palestinian population with financial contributions. When Israel began building the Wall and at the same time deprived this people of their basis of existence by making a prison out of the whole Gaza Strip and closing it off – what did the European Union do? It deprived the Palestinians of subsidies and started starving them.

For example Article 5: No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

What does the European Union together with all the European countries do and say concerning the «inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment» (or collective punishment for what?), which Israel subjects at the Palestinians to by building the Wall and arresting people in Gaza? Can you as citizens of Europe condone that?