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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on financial crises and respect for human rights

Gianluca Buonanno

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on financial crises and respect for human rights  

The European Parliament,

–       having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.     whereas two independent UN experts, Alfred de Zayas and Virginia Dandan, have produced an authoritative opinion in which, referring to Article 103 of the UN Charter, they maintain that a country cannot be forced, by virtue of a treaty or a loan agreement, to violate the UN Charter and hence that ‘no treaty or loan agreement can force a country to violate the civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights of its population, nor can a loan agreement negate the sovereignty of a state’;

B.     whereas, furthermore, Greece is not the only one to blame for its woes, and whereas the austerity measures imposed by the Troika have served to aggravate the economic crisis to the point that the debt cannot be repaid on the terms originally laid down;

1.      Calls on the Commission, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Central Bank to recognise and explicitly state that respect for human rights is a non-negotiable principle and no solution to the Greek financial problems can be adopted without taking it into account;

2.      Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Commission, the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

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