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Dear Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain the following information:

- All the discussions, documents and meetings where there has been discussions inside the parliament about institutionalised child abuse cases from 2009 to 2019. These must include religious organisations; occult groups and/or those where children are abused in a ritualistic / religious situation. For clarification, the definition of ritual is a religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order. A ritual is a sequence of activities involving gestures, words, and objects, performed in a sequestered place, and performed according to set sequence. Rituals may be prescribed by the traditions of a community, including a religious community. In anthropology, rituals are actions with intentional symbolic meaning undertaken for a specific cultural purpose, such as a rite of passage from childhood to adulthood, and may reinforce broader community social bonds, as in a wedding.


- Documents and conclusions regarding any investigation that the Parliament opened about child abuse; forced adoption; the production of indecent images of children and sales/trafficking of children.

I notice that former MEP Robert Kilroy-Silk on 14th July 2006 submitted a written question to the commission asking if they were: 1) proposing to coordinate action amongst members states to eradicate ritual abuse against children and 2) going to attempt to discover the extent of children being abused this way in member states. The reply he got from Franco Frattini on 19th September 2006 was that “the commission is aware of media reports on this issue, which does not fall within its responsibilities. Consequently it has no plans to investigate the situation in member states and does not propose to coordinate action among them.” Please can you provide me with any updates on this serious issue concerning children being abused in a ritualistic / religious situation now that it’s evident that many people within institutional / religious / occult organisations are affected by child sexual abuse. 

I would like to request any information that suggests that the commission will be proposing to coordinate action amongst member states to eradicate institutionalised child sexual abuse in a ritualistic / religious situation. 

I would also like to request any information that suggests that the commission will attempt to discover the extent of children being abused in ritualistic / religious situations now that there’s clear evidence that this is happening in Europe.


There are numerous ongoing investigations and inquiries ongoing in member states into institutionalised child sexual abuse in a ritualistic / religious situation and it’s worrying that European parliament wasn’t willing to investigate or propose coordinate action in 2006. Please can you clarify the European parliaments current position on this matter.



In reference to the document titled ‘European Day of Disabled People 1999 “Violence and Disabled People – Root Causes and Prevention” Conference Report, Brussels, 3 December 1999 Employment & Social Affairs: https://sid.usal.es/idocs/F8/8.8-2132/8.... under personal testimony 1 there’s an update which states – “Nearly twice as many disabled children are abused in their own homes as non-disabled children and 4 times as many disabled children are abused in residential care. This is based on US research in the nineties and substantiated by current research in the UK. In the UK at the moment, 160 children are awaiting to be interviewed who are living in an institution where ritual abuse has been discovered.” Please can you provide me with the UK research this update is referring to. Please can you also accompany any research that the Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion / European Commission has done since 1999 on investigating the extent of the child abuse of disabled children along with safeguarding policies and proposed coordinate action against member states made.

Yours faithfully,

Wesley Hall

Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

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