Are you living or traveling in the European Union?
There are a number of rights that you have which you may not be aware of, I make here a short list of some of these rights and I tell you which are the steps you should make in case of legal issues.
It’s your right to film the Police
In the most European countries you have the right to film Police in public, also in the USA it’s allowed.
There are several organization to get informations about your rights for filming Police:
While filming is mostly allowed, once you publish a video, you may want to blur the faces of the policemen.
You should also be aware that if Police is in operation better you keep some distance and discretion while filming, otherwise they may annoy you.
How to claim your rights, make a report”, and escalate it
As a human—or a citizen, traveler of tourist—and make a complaint, “press charges”, “make a report”, to institutions and what to do to escalate it to higher hierarchy levels
Whom to contact:
– Higher ranks of the same institution you are complaining about (head offices, etc…)
– Ombudsman of the institution
– General Attorney (if is about Police)
– Regional ombudsman
– National ombudsman
– Traveler rights associations (if it is about travelers)
– Human rights associations (if it is about human rights)
– European President
(for extremely serious matters)
In parallel of this, you could contact a local lawyer (via hg.org for example) or the local court if applicable.
e-justice.europa.eu provides useful and updated information about your rights in the EU.
VisaHQ.com offers services and data about visas
Feantsa, European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless
FOR URGENT IMPORTANT MATTERS, PHONE NUMBERS
– Call your Consulate
– Emergency Support Aid International Human Rights line +353 1 21 00 489
– Amnesty International +44-20-74135500
HELP FROM ONLINE COMMUNITIES
Don’t forget that you can always ask for help through any of these online communities:
And, why not, Facebook.
If you want to start, or join, a petition in the EU, you can use the European Union Petition Platform.
It can be done by
- any EU citizen
- anyone living in an EU country
- any company, organisation or association with its headquarters in an EU country
REVIEWS – SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE
Sharing what happened to you is the best way to inform others and alert the community.
The best platforms to share reviews and experiences are:
Google Maps – So that people would see straight away the reviews of a certain place
Web Of Trust & TrustPilot – The first finnish, the latter danish. They represent the most trusted websites where people share reviews. There are also chrome extensions.
Do you have any information that I missed in this list? Please comment!