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Tuesday, 26 November 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Children rights in occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child (B9-0178/2019, B9-0179/2019, B9-0180/2019)

  Patrick Breyer (Verts/ALE). – Mr President, this resolution on children’s rights is an important and necessary one. We Pirate Party members of this House, however, regret to see that certain stakeholders, including powerful lobby groups, are using this important resolution to promote their own commercial products. And political groups like the EPP are taking children hostage of private interests and make their support of this entire resolution dependent on this language being included. We fiercely oppose technology to subject an entire network to surveillance, because there are just too many ways to abuse it.

The resolution also grossly misrepresents the findings of the quoted study. Internet service providers are increasingly using filters to detect and report the unlawful distribution of child sexual abuse material, but there is no evidence that the total number of such images – reported or unreported – is actually increasing.

So, for these reasons, the Pirate delegation regrets that we cannot support the resolution, due to paragraph 16 and recital O and we abstained.

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