What is a written petition

Petition / right of petition

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A petition is a complaint or a request. All citizens have the right to complain about the politics of the state or to ask the state something.

Article 17 of the Basic Law provides the right to petition:
"Everyone has the right, individually or in association with others, to address requests or complaints in writing to the responsible authorities and to the parliament."

All citizens have the right to ask the state for something. You also have the right to complain.

You can complain about the politics of the state. They then want the state to do or not to do something. Such a complaint or request is called a petition.

There are rules for petitions:
  • You have to write down petitions.
  • You have to recognize who wrote it.
  • You send the petition to an authority or to a representative body, such as the Bundestag.
  • The petition can be sent as a letter or on the Internet.
  • If you send a petition to an authority that is not responsible, the authority must forward the petition to the right place.
  • Authorities or, for example, the Bundestag must accept a petition. For example, you need to deal with the petition in one sitting.
  • The citizens who complained
    receive the result of the meeting.
  • The citizens do not need to be given a reason for the result.
It is always possible to talk to government agencies about problems and ideas. It is also possible to complain in a letter alone or to express your wishes. The state represents the people. Therefore, government agencies and the people should speak to each other.

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