Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany


Article 17 Every person shall have the right individually or jointly with others to address written requests or complaints to competent authorities and to the legislature. Article 17a (1) Laws regarding military and alternative service may provide that the basic right of members of the Armed Forces and of alternative service freely to express and disseminate their opinions in speech, writing and pictures (first clause of paragraph (1) of Article 5), the basic right of assembly (Article 8), and the right of petition (Article 17) insofar as it permits the submission of requests or complaints jointly with others, be restricted during their period of military or alternative service. Article 45c (1) The Bundestag shall appoint a Petitions Committee to deal with requests and complaints addressed to the Bundestag pursuant to Article 17. (2) The powers of the Committee to consider complaints shall be regulated by a federal law.

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National constitutional law
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