AGAINST MILITARIZATION

The Parliament of the Republic of Slovenia passed the Act on Amendments to the Defence Act (ZObr-E), by which the Slovenian Armed Forces members obtained new, exceptional and civil-repressive authorizations during the wider protection of the state boarder.

A new Article to the Article 37; Article 37.a will be added to the Defence Act (Ur. l. RS, No.103/04 – official consolidated text) to read as follows:

Article 37.a

(Exceptional authorizations of the army)

(1) If so demanded by the security situation, the Parliament can, upon the proposal of the Government, decide with a two-thirds majority of the component Members of Parliament present and voting, that the members of the Slovene Armed Forces, together with the police can, exclusively during the wider protection of the state boarder, according to the plans adopted and following the preliminary ruling from the fourth paragraph of the pervious Article, also exercise the following powers:

  1. warning;
  2. directing;
  3. temporary restricting the movement of persons
  4. cooperating with controlling crowds and groups

(2) The authorizations from the previous paragraph are exercised under the conditions prescribed for the police.

(3) Immediately informing the police about the performed authorizations from the first paragraph of this Article.

(4) The Parliament sets a date in the Act from the first paragraph of this Article in which the members of the Slovene Armed Forces exercise the authorizations from the first paragraph of this Article, and which can last only for the urgently needed time of execution, but not longer than for three months. The period from the previous paragraph can again, under the same conditions, be prolonged.

By enacting the Act on Amendments to the Defence Act (ZObr-E), the refugees and uncontrolled crossings of the state boarder are being used for the militarization of the Slovene society and country, which was supposedly, at the end of the 80s of the previous century, based on the peaceful civil movements for democracy and human rights. The decision to grant special civil-repressive authorizations to the members of the Slovene Armed Forces changes, in its foundations, the role of the military defence forces in the Republic of Slovenia, defined in accordance with the Constitution.

The civil-repressive authorizations of the Slovene professional soldiers on the area of the Republic of Slovenia enabled by the Act on Amendments to the Defence Act (ZObr-E), are not precisely defined and determined. The Slovene defence forces are already present on the boarders, since the existing legislation already allows that, therefore there is no whatsoever reason for the Government and the Parliament of the Republic of Slovenia to carry out this kind of interfering with the foundations of the legal system practically without a wider public debate.

By the requirement for the calling of a referendum regarding the Act on Amendments to the Defence Act (ZObr-E) we want to achieve that, according to the Article 125 of the Slovene Constitution, the Defence Act will still manage the type, extent, and the organization of the defence of the inviolability and the integrity of the national territory and that the state will, when providing security, take as its basis the peace policy, as well as the culture of peace and nonviolence.

Support the voters’ initiative to lodge the request for the calling of the referendum on the Act on Amendments to the Defence Act (ZObr-E), which the Parliament of the Republic of Slovenia passed on 21th October 2015, with the following referendum question:

Do you agree with the enforcing of the Act on Amendments to the Defence Act (ZObr-E), which the Parliament of the Republic of Slovenia passed on 21th October 2015?

How can I help?

1. Bring the form for the list of signatures

1. Gather some signatures

3. Send or bring the signatures till Tuesday, 27th October 2015, to Zavod Radio Študent, Cesta 27. aprila 31, 1000 Ljubljana.

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