- The Washington Times - Friday, November 1, 2013

A group of former heads of state and government leaders have gathered in Rome, and they have advice for the European Union: Use surveillance units to monitor the “intolerant.”

The European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR) is an organization that includes former presidents of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Albania, Latvia and Cyprus, and former prime ministers of Spain and Sweden, said LifeSiteNews.com, a pro-life, pro-family nonprofit website.

The tolerance watchdog group wants “special administrative units” to monitor citizens of all 27 EU member states if they are determined to be “intolerant.” Specifics are included in a report titled the “Framework National Statute for the Promotion of Tolerance.”

Who should oversee the surveillance would have to be worked out among participating nations, but ECTR suggested “The Ministry of Justice.”

“There is no need to be tolerant to the intolerant,” the group’s report stated.

European Dignity Watch, a civil rights watchdog group from Brussels, worried that such ideas “could lead to situations in which vague or unwarranted accusations are leveled against individuals and groups,” LifeSiteNews reported.

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• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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