On 20th Feb 2008 a caucus meeting was held at the German Parliament in Munich to discuss the Lisbon Treaty.
At this meeting a previously unmentioned paragraph was bought to light by Professor Schachtschneider, Humanities Faulty -University of Nuremberg.
Professor Schachtschneider, explained that the undisclosed paragraph means on ratification of the Lisbon Treaty the DEATH PENALTY will be reintroduced to Europe. The Death Penalty will be applicable for the crimes of RIOTING, CIVIL UPHEAVAL and DURING WAR. (When are we not at war and who will define riot and upheaval?)
Professor Schachtschneider made the point that this clause is particularly outrageous as it had been cleverly hidden in a footnote of a footnote and would not have been detected by anyone other than an exceptional expert reader.
And the actual text below:
Protocol No. 6 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms concerning the abolition of the death penalty
as amended by Protocol No. 11
Article 1 – Abolition of the death penalty
The death penalty shall be abolished. No-one shall be condemned to such penalty or executed.
Article 2 – Death penalty in time of war
A State may make provision in its law for the death penalty in respect of acts committed in time of war or of imminent threat of war; such penalty shall be applied only in the instances laid down in the law and in accordance with its provisions. The State shall communicate to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe the relevant provisions of that law.
The EU has produced an additional document entitled Explanations Relating to the Charter of Fundamental Rights (2007/c 303/02) which has full legal status. These "explanations" amount to qualifications of "fundamental " rights. The Explanations allow for executions in a number of important instances.
One is "in action lawfully taken for the purpose of quelling a riot or insurrection".
So that's very clear then. The Death Penalty is abolished as declared in Article 1. However Article 2 allows for the Death Penalty, during war or the imminent threat of war; ie not during war, and also in quelling riots. Just a tiny detail people are voting on in the Lisbon Treaty. Have people ever been treated with such contempt by their 'democratic' rulers? Of course. The Solidarity Clause is a beauty also. Spot the oceanic space for manipulation:
F. Solidarity Clause
This is a clause in the Treaty which states that Member States are obliged to assist each other if one is the victim of a terrorist attack or a natural or man made disaster. The precise details of this co-operation would have to be agreed unanimously by the Council.