A law and a treaty in our hands

I’m sure you have heard about them. The law has recently been passed and the treaty is all over the media.

I’m talking about the Ley Orgánica de Seguridad Ciudadana (Organic Law in the Protection of Public Safety) classified as Ley Mordaza y del Tratado Transatlántico de comercio e inversiones, TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership).

Throughout 45 articles and 13 additional regulations the law justifies and establishes conditions to protect the rights and freedom by reinforcing citizen security. This law announces in its introduction that the sacrifice of rights and freedom will be justified by bigger benefits for everyone based on security,

I have only had access to the TTPI from the media through comments and multiple reactions. It’s about a commercial agreement between the European Union and the United States of America which wants to regulate the commercial rules and investment on each sides of the ocean. Some call it the Treaty of Troya because of the secret surrounding its negotiation since 2013 and because of the loss of rights that overshadows the promise that announces the overcoming of the crisis.

What are we talking about when we say law or treaty? Law in its most generic way is a group of rules dictated by an authority, for which a determined action is imposed and regulated. A treaty is an agreement about a very important topic made between two or more countries.

On their own, laws and treaties don’t have meaning or consistency. They are secondary realities at the service of life and man. None of its articles nor its consequences can contradict the pursued purpose.

That’s why I hold this law and treaty in my hands and weigh it up.

In the declaration of the Archbishop of Tanger last 7th of February which lead to a delegation of migration holding a demonstration in Ceuta on the occasion of the first anniversary of the tragedy of El Tarajal, this citizen safety law is reported and condemned for allowing summary deportations of foreigners that have irregularly crossed the border into the territories of Ceuta and Melilla. The declaration says that the law has discriminated and excluded these neglected foreigners from protection.

In the publication of the Revista 21 in the month of February the gravity of an agreement that would try to adjust the legislation of the financial interests of large companies above the citizen interests is talked about.

Faced with this I ask: Why do laws rule over us? What treaties do we establish between ourselves? What kind of society are we creating? What are we lessening human kind to?

I invite you to read, think and ask yourselves: Here and now, what can I and you do?

Written by Pilar Goterris Moreno

Translated by Adrian Chapple