Hospital Ship Classification and Protection Act
Proposed by Cllr. Francis Plessis (Leagio) :: Passed (8-0), June 20th, 2020 :: Unamended
The European Union has seen various forms of warfare throughout its history with each one having a varying level of death and destruction. Warfare and disaster will always occur through the world with people that need various help. This need is where the Hospital Ship comes in and sails to bring in the wounded, whether they are of the ship’s nationality or not. It is without any doubt that every nation within the European Union has guidelines or plans on how to quickly transform a merchant vessel into a hospital ship, a ship that heals the wounded and sick. However, within the European Union, there is no formal protection from international law that ensures that a Hospital Ship is not intentionally attacked; whether it is by a submarine equipped with various weapons, a warship on patrol, a aircraft on patrol, or any other form of attack not mentioned. This Bill is to have the European Union provide Hospital Ships international protection from any form of attack by military powers and provide a steadier classification on what makes a vessel into a Hospital Ship.
Section 1: Definitions
Hospital Ship: A vessel that was built or converted (from a merchant ship of any type) to aid and medical support to any one in large number.
Patient: A person that is wounded or requires immediate medical attention that was resulted from any form of disaster, whether it is an earthquake, warfare, political turmoil, and other forms of pain and destruction.
Military Power: A military system that has the ability to attack any one with weapons of any form.
Section 2: Protections of a Hospital Ship
A Hospital Ship that meets the required classifications described below is regarded as a vessel that is immune from being attacked by military powers in form.
Section 3: What Classifies a Ship as a Hospital Ship
The following guidelines implemented will internationally classify a ship as a Hospital Ship:
The entire Hull of the ship must be painted white with a wide red strip running along the side of the hull or just a few meters above the waterline. In addition, on the red strip, there must be at least two red or green crosses that ensures that the vessel is recognized as a hospital ship.
In addition, the vessel must be equipped with red cross lights on the sides of its hull, in order for it to be recognized as a hospital ship. These lights are required to be on during the night, fog, or any form of bad weather that impedes the vessel’s ability to see in the horizon.
A Hospital Ship must not be used to transport Ammunition, guns, or any weapons of war meant to harm individuals. It may be allowed to have a military squad equipped with weapons as a way to protect the crew, medical staff, and patients from any threat that seeks to cause harm.
Section 4: Consequences of Attacking a Hospital Ship
If a hospital ship is attacked, raided, sunk, and stuck upon by a military power, the European Union Court of Justice shall issue economic sanctions or whatever punishment that they think is suitable.
a. However, before any punishment is issued, the case of the any incident involving a hospital ship must be investigated by the European Union Court by revealing the evidence that either ship has.
b. In the worst-case scenario that there no survivors of what happened to a incident that involves a hospital ship, then the country or organization that operates the Hospital Ship may act as the plaintiff in the situation
c. The European Union Court of Justice shall examine both sides of the situation and determine whether or not that the attacker of the hospital is liable for the damages and/or loss that occurred in the incident.
d. The European Union Court of Justice may instead if sufficient evidence can be provided that the Hospital Ship should be held liable for the incident that involved it issue a punishment to the operators or captain of the hospital ship.
By the powers vested upon me by the interim charter of the European Liberal Democrats. I, Friedrich van Allen, do revoke the membership of President Nikola N'nago of Nofoaga due to usurpation of authority and suspension of democracy in his country.
Friedrich van Allen
Councilor, Kingdom of Reitzmag
Chairman, European Liberal Democrats
Sir Augustus Barrington considered how to respond to this proposal, his nation - and, importantly, his family - having thrived on some of the worst anti-democratic tactics in the handbook. He swiftly texted Emperor Artabanos, the architect of the grossest offences to Inimician democracy since 1801. "Welp. We have like 0.0001 polling places per km and a 145% turnout. Good luck! xxx Artie", Barrington quietly read. This would no doubt be an interesting afternoon.
"Councillors, thank you. And thanks, especially, to Cllr Bourgaize, for proposing such a vital piece of legislation. Democratic accountability is at the very heart of the principles our Union is constituted on, and we in Inimicus have always sought, through tough and easy times, to advance the fair and equal representation of all peoples, both domestically and aboard. We therefore fully support the intent and purpose of this act, and welcome the discussion arising from Cllr Bourgaize's proposal.
That being said, Inimicus sees multiple problems with the implementation of the current proposal, some of which have already been addressed by some of the excellent speeches we heard from colleagues. Although I agree with Cllr Firoux's point that a Council committee may not be the best way forward with this proposal, I do not concur with his suggestion of an independent, supra-national panel of completely unknown experts being instituted to lead this committee. By principle, the Inimician government is of the opinion that it should be representatives from national administrations, working in tandem, to achieve the goals we all hold dear. Whether this means Councillors are part of this body, or other delegated representatives working on a rota basis, I will leave to your better judgement. Inimicus does not welcome more distant 'expert' committees, with no knowledge of local affairs and peculiarities.
We must also be mindful of issuing future Commissioners for Internal Affairs, principled politicians undoubtedly, but still single, individidual politicians, with such sweeping powers as to constitute an extremely critical committee like this. Inimicus will not support the Internal Affairs office obtaining such powers.
A final point, Councillors, before I end my address. What, exactly, is the actual purpose of this Act. If, say, Eastern Haane, by some miraculous intervention, was graded an Autocracy by this newly created untransparent Internal Affairs-led body, what would the implications be? Does the Council then act and intervene in said autocracies? Or, as it appears from the proposal, do we simply establish that Eastern Haane is an autocracy and, say, head off for a coffee, go about our daily lives, as though nothing has happened? The lack of consequentiality, the lack of a 'what happens then' sense, is a critical deficit in the current proposal.
As it stands, then, the Inimician government cannot support this Act. We will of course listen intently to other Cllrs' proposals and consider our position carefully."
Sir Augustus Barrington
European Councillor for the Imperial Government of Inimicus
I'm proposing the following amendment to my proposal, as a correction of mistakes and adding the suggestions from Councillor Firoux:
3. The European Heritage Site List will be updated every year. six months.
4. Only one site monument from each nation could enter on the list per year. six months.
Every and each site included in the Heritage Site List will receive special protection status and will be maintained with European Union and national funds. The 85% of the funds would come from the state that has been awarded to enter the list with their candidature and the other 15% of the funds would be given by the European Union.
Donald D. Tusk
Councillor for Spain
"I would like to start by thanking Cllr Firoux for the proposal he has laid before us today - it is indeed great to see Inimicus is not alone in desiring to end unncessary red tape and conflicting legislation eminating from this estimable body.
I think the least controversial parts of Cllr Firoux' proposal are Acts III and IV of his repeal bill, the European Finance Agency and Committee Reform Acts, respectively. I doubt there will be anyone in this room who would not support the repeal of these Acts as they have no functional significance in the present day and age and have, wisely, been replaced by more effective institutions in recent times.
I will leave the debate on the Common Culture and Educaton Act to those Cllrs more familiar with the text of the legislation, although I am convinced by Cllr Firoux' reasoning on this bill, too. Instead, I want to focus on the Refugee Protection Act. Inimicus, as a nation bordering the war-struck nation of Dromund Kaas, is directly involved in the hosting and transfer of thousands of destitute refugees resulting from this dreadful conflict, and I can with all honesty admit that the introduction of this Act has not changed our approach to these refugees one bit. I would particularly draw your attention to Section I (2e) of this act, which stipulates:
Nothing in this resolution shall place any restrictions on the right of member nations to grant asylum to any person they so wish; member nations are encouraged to apply greater and more liberal protections for refugees than mandated in this resolution, and neither shall this resolution be interpreted to compel any nation to grant asylum to any person.
Then what purpose does this Act serve? The Inimician government, for one, is confident about its approach to refugees, and never felt compelled by this Act to change its approach - because the Act does not legislate for such changes. I therefore fully support its repeal and Cllr Firoux can be confident the Inimician government will vote for this proposal.
Cllr Sir Augustus Barrington
Empire of Inimicus
Voting is officially over. The votes for the candidates are as follows:
Archkonsul Kristian Nylund - 5 VOTES
Prime Minister Simon Bridges - 1 VOTE
President Kenith Lifejumper - 1 VOTE
State Elder Mathilde Comtois - 0 VOTES
Archkonsul Kristian Nylund of the Archrepublic of Vayinaod is hereby duly elected to the ENAA for a 12 month term.
If the Kingdom of Spain can ensure that negotiation can be achieved between the two sides that bring an end to this crisis, then the Commonwealth would satisfied.
My government's only condition is that a team of observers from the Leagioan Ministry of Foreign Affairs is allowed to witness as well as forward any progress to the Common Government in Tullion made within Republic Nofoaga, especially with the elections that will be happening in Republic Nofoaga on August. This way the Commonwealth will be satisfied in knowing that everything that happens within Republic Nofoaga will be democratic and everyone in the island nation has an open voice.
Councilor for the Commonwealth of Leagio
I can understand why there's a feeling of unfairness amongst certains when we talk about the scale of representation Councilor-population.
I have many reasons why I can support this change. It's more democratic and logic. For example, when country A has a population of 70 million and country B has a population of 5 million... Both are equal to one. It's everything beside logic.
But when we make the calculus in the opposite direction, collègues. When these both aren't equal we will get an overruling by the bigger nations of the smaller ones. This proposal is restricting the representation of some Member States, Nofoaga for example. If we do follow this logic of representation based on population there is a restriction of democracy and smaller Member States hasn't the same voice anymore and will be overruled... Than you have to tell me why smaller nations should remain in the EU because I don't see it.
Thank you very much.
Mrs. Azaya Dubecq
EU Councilor for Nofoaga
Mr. van Allen, the sanctions weren't set to last 3 or 4 months, but the necessary time to make the Kingdom of Reitzmag learn what they really have to do instead of kidnapping Foreign Affairs Ministers, for example. If the sanctions last for a year, then a year it is, if it's 2, then 2 it is. We, the European Council, can't force a member-state Government to do anything but see what they do.
Otherwise, Spain won't enter a war or will start it. Saying that "showing an opinion on a democratic process", a thing that everyone does here when something happens in his country or out of it, it's completely legal. Sanctions were not extended as there's no limit established for them.
Donald D. Tusk
Councillor for Spain
Thank you all for your confidence in our little nation. Thanks to the protection conferred by article VI, the main goal of our army will be entirely redirected towards humanitarian aid. From now on, she will go to the field with drugs instead of weapons. Our planes will no longer unleash terror but money to rebuild countries affected by war or natural disasters. All this will be done without distinction, without discrimination. Because everyone has the right to live in good conditions. On the diplomatic level, we will not accept any alliance, but any nation to our friendship, as long as it does not betray our confidence. In this case, we believe that a peaceful solution can be found. In a short time, we will officially declare our neutrality.
Our Republic thanks you from the bottom of our hearts for the help you bring us. We owe you. We hope that our decision is the right one and that it will only bring good to the UE.
"A better world is built together" Siredor's motto
The National and Democratic Assembly of Siredor
And from the ruling party, the Siredor Fraternels
Voting on this has concluded. Unfortunately the vote from Gania could not be registered in the allotted time.
With 2 votes for and 3 votes against, this piece of legislation has FAILED.
Council Speaker and Councillor for Inquista
Since the previous Councillor withdrew the original piece of legislation and the new Councillor put forward another idea, this legislative session effectively ended. However, we are free to discuss the merits of the second proposal. If Councillor Becker wishes to legislate their commission, then they ought to re-propose as a new piece of legislation altogether ((OOC: in a new thread)).
Council Speaker and Councillor for Inquista