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Five days to stop stalking

December 15, 2010 10:44 AM

Euro MP Liz Lynne and stalking abuse survivors are mounting a last minute drive to persuade MEPs to back EU-wide action against stalking.

Liz Lynne's Written Declaration in the European Parliament is backed by stalking victim and former ITV presenter Alexis Bowater and the Network for Surviving Stalking.

The Declaration has just five days left for additional signatures before the closing date on December 20th.

Commenting Liz Lynne MEP said:

"Stalking is a huge and hidden problem affecting at least 1.8 million people in the UK alone, men as well as women.

"In England, we do have specific laws against stalking but Scotland still does not, and only 8 out of the 26 other EU countries have laws in place to tackle it. It's time the other EU countries followed our lead.

"Stalking can be stopped with the right laws and a proper response by police and local authorities. The EU can sponsor research and encourage best practice between EU countries.

"This declaration has cross party support and was drawn up in close consultation with the Network for Surviving Stalking and other victims groups.

"This is not just a crime prevention issue, it is about taking on a huge abuse of human rights."

Chief Executive of the Network for Surviving Stalking Alexis Bowater commented:

"Stalkers are stealing lives and Liz's Written Declaration is our best opportunity yet to get EU governments to take stalking seriously.

This is not just about good government and effective policing. It's about human rights and saving lives.

"So far over 100 Euro MPs have signed up but we have just six days left before the declaration closes and need 369 to get it adopted."



Liz Lynne's declaration supported by Network for Surviving Stalking, calls for all EU member states to recognise stalking as a criminal offence and back specific measures to support victims and train police forces to stamp it out. So far over 100 MEPs have signed but the measure needs 369 MEPs to support it to be adopted.

In Britain , the Protection from Harassment Act applies to England and Wales but Scotland has so far not passed a similar law. Other countries with legislation include Ireland, Italy, Malta, Germany, Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands and Denmark but no other EU countries have protection for victims.

A copy of Liz's declaration, similar to an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons, can be found here: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//NONSGML+WDECL+P7-DCL-2010-0072+0+DOC+PDF+V0//EN&language=EN