Following an initiative by the European Youth Forum, the Assembly
decided to examine thoroughly the use in some European countries
of technical devices emitting high-frequency sounds to disperse
young people or keep them away from certain spaces. The ability
to hear high-frequency sounds is lost naturally with age; thus, sounds
emitted by “Mosquito” devices can only be heard by young people,
provoking severe discomfort.
The physical impact of high-frequency sounds on children and
young people still lacks adequate medical research: this is of concern
and the precautionary principle should therefore apply. However,
the main issues raised by this kind of device are their degrading
and discriminatory consequences for young people, who are driven
from given places as “unwanted”.
This is neither politically acceptable nor consistent with
the safeguard of fundamental human rights which the use of “Mosquito”
devices clearly infringes. For these reasons, legislative measures
should be taken throughout Europe against the marketing of such
devices and their use in public places should be banned.