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Petition, right of
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1. Concept

The right of petition (from the Latin petere, “to demand,” “to require”) today denotes the basic right (Human rights), as regulated in constitutions (e.g. Art. 17 Grundgesetz, Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany), to submit requests or grievances to local authorities and organs of state, in particular the head of state and representative bodies of the people. While it was already recognized in England and Scotland by the Bill of Rights (1689) and in the United States and Fran…

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Klippel, Diethelm, “Petition, right of”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025447>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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