The Value of Human Rights,
the Rule of Law
A German citizen is suing the Federal Republic of Germany for damages at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. In his opinion, Germany ignored and overruled an indisputable and final decision regarding his case by the Federal Constitutional Court in order to unlawfully put him under general suspicion and to deprive him of his constitutional and human rights. He claims Germany caused immeasurable harm.
On the occasion of his public discussion with the German news magazine DER SPIEGEL in January 2008 in Heidelberg the president of the Federal Constitutional Court, Prof. Dr. Dr. Hans-Juergen Papier, pointed out that whereas the Federal Constitutional Court "cannot send the bailiff" – i.e., has no executive power – "human dignity [already] has been compromised to the core [in Germany]." (1st and following paragraph).
The first article of the German Constitution defines Menschenwuerde (literally the dignity of a human being) as an indispensable, inalienable, and inviolable constitutional right; to respect and protect it is the duty of all state authority.
[ If the European Court of Human Rights determined that a violation as stated in the first paragraph had occurred, and if it wanted to remedy the complaint, would you, as a German citizen, be willing to contribute to a compensation a part in the amount of ten eurocent?
- this question was replaced by the author with the question in paragraph 6 on April 8, 2009 - ]
With its decision from March 3, 2009, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg rejected the complaint from July 2006 as inadmissible; in the Court's opinion, there was not even the semblance of a violation of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Essential Freedoms, or of the Rights and Liberties guaranteed in its Additional Protocols.
The complainant, however, maintains his claim that the Federal Republic of Germany has violated Human Rights. If conditions in Germany persisted as described in paragraphs 1 and 2, would you consider it possible that there exists a violation of Human Rights, perhaps even as defined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
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This project started january 25, 2008
Special thanks for votes from Amsterdam, Utrecht, Asuncion, Concepcion, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Auckland, Bergen, Trondheim, Helsinki, Stockholm, Norrkoping Sweden, Roskilde, Bolzano, Merano, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Spartanburg SC, Grand Junction CO, Mountain View CA, Santa Barbara CA, Sunnyvale CA, Riverside CA, Victorville CA, Naples FL, Bradenton FL, Reston VA, Marshfield WI, London, Paris, Rome, Beijing, Warsaw, Moscow, Penza, Yekaterinburg, Seoul, Tbilisi, Hong Kong, Kalibo South Cotabato Philippines, Windhoek, Muscat Oman, Berlin, Geneva, Lausanne, Zurich, Bern, Basel, Interlaken, Vienna, Salzburg, Linz, Graz, Innsbruck, Prague, Gyor Hungary, Skopje, Belgrade, Ankara, Alicante, Murcia, Malta, Luxembourg, 's - Hertogenbosch, Dendermonde, Strasbourg and from the Isle of man
and visits from Riyadh, Nairobi, Windhoek, Lomé, Johannesburg, Moscow, Warsaw, Krakow, Prague, Pardubice, Lvov, Vienna, Graz, Innsbruck, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Bucharest, Sarajevo, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Dushanbe, Canberra, Sydney, Greenwich NSW, Melbourne, Galway, Cork, Kildare, Donegal, London, Oxford UK, Cambridge UK, Brighton UK, Coventry UK, Edinburgh UK, Aberdeen UK, Leeds UK, Grimsby UK, Crowborough UK, Manchester UK, New York City, Rochester NY, Washington DC, Providence RI, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton Alberta Canada, Mountain View CA, Spring TX, Plano TX, Quitman TX, Venice FL, Fort Myers FL, Fort Huachuca AR, Seattle WA, Spokane WA, Thomas WV, Milwaukee WI, Eau Claire WI, Traverse City MI, Reston VA, Acworth GA, Dawsonville GA, Ridgefield CT, Cuyahoga Falls OH, Columbus OH, Jersey City NJ, Wayne NJ, Durham NC, Charlotte NC, Chapel Hill NC, Asheville NC, Mount Prospect IL, Schaumburg IL, Kailua HI, Rio de Janeiro, Trinindad and Tobago, Curitiba, Cuernavaca, La Paz, Tegucigalpa, Beijing, Da Nang, Bangkok, Seoul, Quezon City Philippines, Nagano, Osaka, Kao - Hsiung Taiwan, Jakarta, New Delhi, Mumbai, Copenhagen, Arhus, Paris, Geneva, Lausanne, Marseilles, Nice, Aix-en-Provence, Bern, Zurich, Istanbul, Ankara, Athens, Volos Greece, Berlin, Brussels, Antwerp, Luxembourg, Maastricht, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Oldenzaal, Enschede, Esch sur alzette, Lisbon, Madrid, Malaga, Sevilla, Valencia, Salamanca, Riga, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Oslo, Kristiansund, Gotland, Stavanger, Milan, Modena, Como, Capolago sul Lago di Lugano, Florence, Padova, Venice, Rome, Vicenza, Brindisi, Cordoba and Santa Cruz de Tenerife
The result will be reported on september 25, 2008 at same URL. All data is protected and handled
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Ladies and Gentlemen:
Today, on Thursday, 9/25/08, we announce the preliminary results of our survey, which began on 1/25/08.
Several thousand individuals participated in our survey.
We thank all respondents and in particular those who helped to disseminate the survey.
Since initiation of the survey to the present day, 65 - 75 % of respondents answered "Yes", and 25 - 35 % answered "No".
By 9/15/08, 71.03 % voted "Yes", and 28.97 % "No".
Germany was the origin of 83.09 % of the responses,
and the remaining 16.1 % came from abroad, i.e. 61 countries on all continents.
Based on the clarity and stability of these results we conclude that the ratio of
"Yes" and "No" votes is unlikely to change in the future.
We certainly would appreciate, if you dispersed this survey and its current result.
The following are the detailed results (in percent) from 05/08 to 03/12: