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CoE asks Turkey for Content of Effective Investigation+Tangible Result on Cyprus MISSING People Fast

Written by ACM
Friday, 22 September 2017
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/-
In an Important Decision taken by CoE's Top Political Body, its Committee of Ministers, the PanEuropean Organisation for Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law clearly urged Turkey to show the "Content" of "Effective Investigations", and "Tangible Results", on Cyprus' "Missing" People, as well as "Firmly" asked anew Ankara to Pay, at last, to Victims' Families the "Just Satisfaction Awarded by the European Court", Droping Pretexts to Drag its feet even Further since the 1974 Turkish Military Invasion and Occupation of the Northern Part of Cyprus, and/or Cover up Crimes with Total Impunity still on 2017, (See, f.ex.:
http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/turkeyhidescontentofinvestigationonmissingcypriotsdestroysproof.html ).

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The move was made during CoE Ministers' Session due to Supervise ECHR Judgements' Respect by its 47 Member States (19-21 September 2017), which was Chaired by the experienced Permanent Representative/Ambassador Arnold de Fine Skibsted, from Denmark, vice-President of the CoE, and soon due to take over CoE's  Full Presidency from November 2017 up to May 2018, included.

 

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CoE also Decided to Review anew Turkey's compliance with ECHR Judgements, (which have already Condemned Ankara several times on Cyprus' "Missing" Persons, since 2001, 2010, 2014, etc., after its First relevant damning Findings as early as since 1992, etc), at one of its Next Meetings in Strasbourg, on June 2018 : I.e. under the Presidency of Finland or France, (which has a Traditional Lead for International Protection against Enforced Disappearances, f.ex. since the confection of UNO's New and Stronger relevant Convention, back on 2006 under former President Jacques Chirac, which Entered into Force on 2010 under former President Nicolas Sarkozy, and is already supported by almost 100 Countries accross the World).


+ Meanwhile, just in a Few Hours' difference, at New York, Cyprus' President Nicos Anastassiades, Speaking at UNO's General Assembly, reminded the fact that, "since 1974 more than a Thousand Greek Cypriots are still Missing", after Ankara's Military Invasion and Occupation of the Northern Part of the Island.


>>> But, an eventual "Progress to the Humanitarian Issue of the Missing Persons" in the foreseeable Future, could become one among the key "Game Changers in Creating a Climate conductive to Resuming Negotiations", under UNO's Aspices, for a Peacefull ReUnification of Cyprus, "with the Aim of reaching a Comprehensive Settlement", President Anastassiades declared, as Also, f.ex., anOther Key Human Rights Issue, that of "the Return and Resettlement" of Greek Cypriot Refugees, at least to "Varosha" (Famagusta), by "its Rightful and Lawful Inhabitants", (etc), as "Mutually Agreed <<Confidence Building Measures>>, which are in line with the UN Security Council Resolutions and the UN Secretary General's Reports".


-  On this occasion, Anastassiades also "Urge(d) All Countries which Might hold Information" relevant to Cyprus' "Missing" Persons, "to Open their Archives, in order to Support our Efforts to giving an End to this Tragic aspect of the Cyprus' Problem".


Soon Afterwards,  UNO's Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) of Cyprus, with all its 3 permanent Members, reportedly decided to Exceptionally visit London, for Meetings with UK Government Officials about Access to Archives which May contain useful on that Tragedy. For that purpose, several CMP Meetings at UK's Defense and Foreign Ministries, the British Army's Joint Staff and its National Archives, MPs, as well as Greek-Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot NGOs on "Missing" People, were organized, given also Great Britain's 2 Big Military Bases, still existing at the Island.


The Latest UN sponsored Multilateral Conference for a Solution on Cyprus' overall Issue, faced Recently a Deadlock, at nearby Switzerland, particularly because Turkey Refused to Withdraw its Invasion/Occupation Troops when an eventual Deal would Enter into Force, and Insisted to Claim for Unilateral Military Interventions even in the Future.


- But Anastassiades declared Now his "Readiness" to "Resume Negotiations, in accordance with (UN SG's Draft) framework and always in line with the relevant UN Resolutions", for an Agreement on Cyprus' ReUnification, through "a New Conference", which "Should be thorough(ly) and solid(ly) Prepared", with "a Strong Will and Determination by All", in order "to Ensure" that it "Will Leadd to a Positive Outcome".


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However, the Decision taken Today on Cyprus' "Missing" People by CoE's Committee of Ministers, does Not impose, yet, any concrete Sanction on Turkey, Despite of all its Refusals, Delays, Diversions, etc, During too Many Years, all the way through, since a now remote Past, (See, f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/turkeyhidescontentofinvestigationonmissingcypriotsdestroysproof.html ), and Not Even after Ankara's Latest Claims, this Week in Strasbourg, to ... "Close" several Files on Cyprus "Missing" Persons, even if its Controversial "Investigations" did Not yet produce Any Result, including also on "one among the Most Serious Crimes", as Turkish Authorities just revealed.


According to ECHR's Notes, Many among the Greek-Cypriots gone "Missing" were Seen Alive by Eye-Witnesses and/or even Photographed as "Prisoners" of Turkey's Soldiers, in Vilages controlled by Turkish Troops, Entering a Turkish Military Vehicle, some Tranfered by Ship to Prisons of Anatolia inside Turkey, or in Houses of some Turkish Cypriots, (etc).

From 2006-2009 and Later-on, CMP's official Findings on the Victims' Remains, note an Impressive Number of Cases where Deaths seems to have been provoked by mainly 1, rarely 2 "Bullet" Shot(s) Fired "to the Head", (sometimes Obviously "from Close Range"), i.e. as in Cold-Blood Executions.

Several Victims' remains also bear Traces of what might be Torture, Amputations, etc., such as, f.ex. "Hands Missing", Wounds by "a Pointing Cutting Instrument", Decapitation, Dislocated Bones, etc.
Some Remains were found Hidden (f.ex. "in a Mass Grave in a Well"), and/or in Areas Located Far Away from there where the Victims were Last Seen, Many Remains had been obviously Re-Located, (See Infra).
Many Victims were Captured Soldiers on 1974, i.e. Prisoners of War ("POW"s), but also various Civilian people, including Elders, even Women and Children.


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CoE's 9/2017 main Decisions :
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=> The Main Points of CoE's Decisions taken this week, on Turkey's Obligation to Implement ECHR's Judgements which have Condemned Ankara on Many (Bith Inter-State and Individual) Cases of Greek Cypriot "Missing" People, are the Following :


(1) Agreeing with "Eurofora"s main Critical observation, published Earlier, about a Surprizing Absence of any concrete Content of the Investigations allegedly carried by Turkey, and Rejecting Ankara's opposite Claims, send at the Last Minute, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/turkeyhidescontentofinvestigationonmissingcypriotsdestroysproof.html ), CoE's Top Political Body, its Committee of Ministers clearly Asks Now "the Turkish Authorities" to give, precisely, "Information on the CONTENT OF ...the INVESTIGATIONS"


And CoE Reminds that it's Not  the 1st Time that it has to do so...



(2) Moreover, CoE also Asks Turkey to "Keep" Strasbourg's Organisation "INFORMed", Not only about those Investigations which were "Finalised so far",  But Also "OF THE PROGRESS in ... Investigations" still Pending.



(3) Concerning the Timing of the on-going Investigations, CoE asks from Turkey a "RAPID Finalisation".


CoE also "Underlined the URGENCY", ("due to the Passage of Time" from 1974 until 2017), "for the Turkish Athorities" to act according to its instructions in this matter.



(4) The most Important, (Significantly underlined by the CoE from the outset, already at the 1st § of its Decision), naturally is for Turkey to "provide ...All Necessary Assistance" in order to "Achieve TANGIBLE RESULTS, as Quickly as possible".



(5) For that purpose, f.ex., CoE Accepts most of Cyprus Government's motivated demand for "the Turkish Authorities to give UNHINDERED ACCESS TO ALL possible MILITARY ZONES, Located in the Nothern Part of Cyprus", as the Final Decision asks.


Indeed, Nicosia had Denounced the Fact that, After Refusing such Access to UNO's CMP during a Long Time, Ankara "Only Recently proceeded to Partially and Hesitantly" to do so, "after intensive pressure". But, even "Nowadays, Despite Appearances and Allegations to the contrary", in fact, "Access to Military Zones is a Daily Struggle for CMP, and is Closely and Unduly Monitored by representatives of Turkish troops". While, "a Substantial part" of the Occupied Territories of Cyprus, "under the effective Control of Turkish troops, is Designated as Military Zones, and Access to them, as well as to Adjacent Areas, was for Decades Prohibited". So that, Nowadays, Turkey's Plan to provide Access in Some Military Zones, "within the Next 2 Years" (sic !) "is Neither Sufficient, nor convincing", Cyprus' Government had Warned, proposing to ask Turkey for "Immediate and UnHindered Access to All Military Zones Today".



(6) Last, but Not Least, CoE's Committee of Ministers concludes by "Insisting ... Firmly on the UnConditional Obigation to PAY the Just Satisfaction, awarded by the European Court" to the Victims, withOut (more) Delay".


CoE was, indeed, Obliged to do so "Again", as it Reminds, because Turkey, for Years, has Not yet Paid Anything out from the "30 Millions €" that ECHR's Judgement "Awarded as Non-Pecuniary Damage Suffered by the Surviving (Family) Relatives of the "Missing" Persons", at the Inter-State Case of "Cyprus v. Turkey", back on "May 2014", (concerning ECHR's Main Judgement's Findings in that affair, since 2001), as Nicosia denounced.


-"Turkey's persistent Refusal to Comply", is "a Flagrant Display of its overall Dismissive attitude", and "Undermines the Credibility" of ECHR, putting also "in Question the viability of the System of the Protection of Human Rights", Cyprus had Criticized.


+ Moreover, Ankara's Authorities persist in a similarly Negative stance also in the Individual Complaints, as that Lodged by the Families of 9 "Missing" Greek Cypriots in the "Varnava" case, in which ECHR has strongly Condemned Turkey wih a Judgement issued as early as, already since 2010...


 - "There is No ... Information to report, at this stage, with regard to the Payment of Just Satisfaction", not even to "Varnava" affair Victims' Families, merely says Turkey ... Seven Years Later, on 2017, (continuing with other various allegations against Cyprus' Government, but ...Forgetting the Families of those 9 "Missing" Greek Cypriots, for whose Fate ECHR judged Ankara responsible).


 - As for the due "Criminal Investigation" on "Varnava" himself, it "is (still) on-going", Turkey said, 7 Years after ECHR's Judgement...


However, CoE's Highest Political Body, its 47 Member States-strong Ministerial Committee, went on, Today, to take, also Specific Decisions on "Varnava" case, concerning 9 "Individual" Persons gone "Missing" :


- CoE reiterated, in absolutely Identical terms, also here, the Crystal-Clear Call that it has taken on the Inter-State Case (Comp. Supra), about "Firmly" asking Turkey to Comply with its "UnConditional" Obligation to Pay to the Victims' Families the "Just Satisfaction Awarded by the European Court", which, in these Individual Applications is, all in all, 27.000 € only "for Costs and Expenses", (plus the Legal Interest rates for 7 Years of Turkey's persisting Refusal to abide : 2010-2017).


=> In Both Cases, Turkey's persisting Refusal to Pay the Just Satisfaction awarded by ECHR will be Checked by the CoE anew, in just 2 Months Time, at its Committee of Ministers Next Session for Human Rights, on "December 2017".


+ At the Same Date, CoE decided now to Review also Turkey's parallel persisting Refusal to Pay the Compensations awarded by ECHR to a Group of Greek Cyriot Refugees/Displaced persons, who are still Hindered by the Turkish Army to Return Back and/or Access their Family Homes and/or Private Properties located in the Territories of Cyprus Occupied by Ankara's Foreign Invasion/Occupation Army, nonobstant ECHR's Judgements in the "Xenidi-Arestis" Group of cases.


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++ And CoE's Ministerial Committee also went on to explicitly "Call on the Turkish Authorities" to Ensure the Effectiveness of ... Investigatios, and their Rapid Finalisation", as well as to "Inform" the CoE "of the Progress in these Investigations", Pointing "in Particular (to) that concerning Andreas Varnava".


Varnava had been seen, by EyeWItnesses, Alive as a Prisoner transferred by the Turkish Military to a Jail in "Adana", at mainland Turkey's Anatolia plateau. Since then, his Body has Not yet been Found anywhere by UNO's CMP searches, (Contrary to Others, who were Arrested at the Same Time), and both his Fate and Whereabouts still remain Unknown...

 

 

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("DraftNews", as already send to "Eurofora" Subscribers/Donors, earlier. A more accurate, full Final Version might be published asap). 

 

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A Real Bomb : London a.o. recent Islamist Terror Attacks reveal more Social Links + Security Gaps !

Written by ACM
Thursday, 21 September 2017
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*Strasbourg/- An Explosive Mixture, made out of recent Mass Migration from the Middle East, known but tolerated Radicalisation, fanatic Hate, galoping Islamisation, personal Conflicts, and more or less Exploitation of Social Allowances, Asylum Seeker Status, Social Housing, scandalous Cover-up on Fake "Unaccompagnied Children", Lobbies' Pressure to Hide the Truth, etc., as well as, further Revelations on that UnPrecedented "Tsunami" of Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants of 2015/2016 through Turkey etc., Links among similar Suspects and Plans to collectively Infiltrate even further Europe's central Heart, but also the Worrying Finding that European People, in fact, have, until now, narrowlly Escaped to much Worse, Deadly Islamist Terrorist Attack's consequences, still Looming ahead, as things stand, are a Frightening Conclusion emerging from New Facts revealed at the latest London ISIL-inspired Attack in the Subway Metro...

Among many other relevant Facts :
 
     - The Subway Bomber, Ahmed Hassan, a Muslim from Iraq, had arrived "Irregularly" in Europe "on 2015", (according to Mainstream British Newspaper "Telegraph.co.uk").


I.e. the Same as, f.ex., at least 2 among the Deadly ISIL's armed Terrorists who killed Many People in Paris' "Bataclan" etc. Massive Attacks, already on November 2015. And the Afghan Knifeman who Attacked and Killed or Wounded several Innocent Civilian People inside a German Train near Wurzburg on Summer 2016. Or that Monster who Raped and Killed the Young Student Maria Landenburger at Freiburg on 2016 (where he's currently judged), after having also Raped even a Young Afghan Girl aged only 12, and Brutaly Attacked a Greek Girl at Corfu Island, and thrown her overboard, down from an 8 meter high wall, Wounding her seriously, just before advancing even further inside Europe without being stopped, (but, on the contrary, provided with various Social Advantages). Etc.+...

    - Among his 30 Wounded Victims is also a very Seriously Wounded Woman, with "Life Changing Injuries", who will have to spend more than 6 Months in various Surgery operations, etc., at the Hospital.


But, the Tragedy woud have been much More Destructive and Deadly, if that make-shift Bomb had not "Failed" to Explode completely, Contrary to what had been Planned, (f.ex. with a lot of sharp Metallic "Schrapnels" put inside, etc).


I.e., mutatis-mutandis, almost Similar to what had just happened, Shortly Before, at Barcelona (Spain), when a part of Numerous Gas Cylinders full of Explosives prepared for Later use, accidentaly exploded while still inside the Islamist Terrorists' House, Killing one (their alleged Chief : an Imam) and Alerting about the others, who, in consequence, did Not have had a chnce to use a Great Number of Gas Cylinders prepared for a Huge, Mass Bombing, which did'N't happen, (See, f.ex. : ...).


=> It's Frightening only to Think what would have happened if such Monsters did Not commit Blunders !


European People, obviously, canNot count, in Future, on the repetition of such Terrorists' technical errors, Neither base their Safety on them...
    
    - The Technical construction of the Latest London Subway Bomb was, reportedly, "Similar" to that of the 2017 Manchester mass Bombing, which Killed 23 and Wounded 220 Victims, (all Civiiian People, including Many Children or young girls).


+ ISIL's Deadly Islamist Terrorist Gang (which notoriously uses to systematically Target innocent Civilian People) already Revendicated this London Subway Attack, by its usual Web Channels. The Bomber is reportedly inspired by a "warped Political View" and "a Hatred" similar to that of Islamist Terrorists' community.


++ In Addition, this London Subway Bomber was, reportedly, Always Speaking, Meeting, Visited by, and Living closely Together with at least 2 Other Individuals, just before the Attack. Until Now, at least Six (6) Suspects among his Contacts have been Arrested, and 2 of them are Still Detained, while the Investigation is, reportedly, Evolving Fast. At least one among that Bomber's Contacts was known to have Long and very Frequent links with various Mosques, while Relatives of the Bomber had reportedly Complained because he had been entrusted to a Christian English Foster Familly, instead of a Muslim one. Together with one among his Frequent Contacts, this London Subway Bomber reportedly Planned to Travel to the European Continent, and Establish himself into the Netherlands. (Etc+).


=> Once again, even here, Facts show that the Time of comfortable Fantasies as such of the so-called "Lone Wolf", has definitively gone ! In fact, Islamist Terrorists are mostly Linked, in one way or another, with Networks of various supporters, accomplices, instigators, etc.


The Most Obvious concrete Examples of such Social Realities were, f.ex., already the November 2015 Paris' mass Deadly Attacks, at "Bataclan" and Elsewhere, (which Killed 130 People, and Injured 413), but, particularly the Recent, August 2017 Barcelona Attacks in Spain, (which Killed 14 and Injured about 130 People) :


Indeed, in this last case (Barcelona+), at least 12 Terrorism Suspects were Killed or Arrested, including (for the First Time) a radical Imam who was Leading them, and Collective Links to a Mosque, located at a City near France (Ripoll), were found. Many of them were Ready to Travel Collectively to Belgium, where that Imam/Terrorist Gang Chief seeked to Re-Establish himself at another Mosque in the Flamish Region. He had also Close Personal Links with anOther Mosque Leader, at Barcelona itself, who had been, in the Past, Arrested and Condemned for Islamist Extremism related to Terrorism, (but Finally liberated, after making Appeal, for Procedural issues), Together with Many Others, as Part of anOther and much Wider, Previous Terrorism Prevention operation by the Spanish Police, some Years Before.


At this Occasion, even reciprocal Political a.o. personal Interests' links were reportedly noticed, (f.ex. through Lawyers' and/or Lobbies' support, Political Clientelism, etc) at least with 2 Local/Regional Politicians : a Leading Member of the City Council, an Autonomist Catalan MP from the Same Party, etc. In Addition, a Converging/Facilitating Wider Socio-Political Context of Exceptionaly Fast Islamization, and a Record-High Massive Muslim Immigration in Recent Years at Catalonia, where Autonomist Leftist nPoliticians support Muslim Migrants' Demands for Voting Rights etc., in exchange of Socio-Electoral Support of Muslim Lobbies, were reportedly found,  (See, f.ex. : ...).


This Last Point, inevitably Reminds, mutatis-mutandis, the Different, (but interesting and almost Contemporary) Big Scandal of several Gangs of mainly Pakistani a.o. Muslim Non-European Migrants who notoriously were recently found, Judged and Condemned for Horrible Massive Rapes, Sexual Exploitation, Ill-Treatments, Blackmail, Threats, etc. of Thousands of Children in the UK during more than a Decade, with a blatant Complicity of many Local "Socialist" (Labour Party) Politicians, Civil Servants, etc., who were quasi-Systematically Covering up such Horrible Crimes, Dating particularly since the Tony Blair's controversial era, etc.

    - In the Present, London Subway Bomber case, the main Culprit, who had reportedly come "Irregularly" in the UK from the Middle East (via the UnPrecedented "Tsunami" of Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants through Turkey), was Given "Refugee" Status, with relevant Financial, Legal and Social Benefits, was provided a Home with a Good Foster Family (previously awarded a Medal by the Queen for their services), and was even Recognized as ..."Child" (of "18 Years", i.e. at the Borderline, and Despite Looking as an Adult, 20 or more Years Old), with the result to Benefit also from another Series of various Social, Legal, a.o. Advantages, (including More Money, a School, a Family Home, and a Right to be treated in Courts with Special Rules made for "Children", etc). His Name was Hidden for Many Days after that Terrorist Attack, and the People have Not yet Seen the Face of that Bomber not even more than a Week after his Horrible Crime...
    
I.e. a Similar Case to those, f.ex., in Germany, where another Muslim Asylum Seeker from Asia suddenly launched a Brutal, Bloody Attack against a Family and Bypassers, with a Knife and an Axe, inside a Train, Wounding 6 or 7 innocent Civilian People, near Wurzburg on 2016, after getting Instructions from an ISIL Islamist Terrorist Liaison, and leaving a Written Message and Video threatening even More such Terror Aggressions against innocent Civlian People.


He had been, previously treated as a "Child" (sic !), receiving more Money, School and a Foster Family Home, etc, because he had Claimed to be "17" years old, even if he looked as an Adult, provoking Doubts.


This Month it's also at a ... "Childrens"' Court that is Judged another Horrible Criminal who also arrived in Germany with the 2015 "Tsunami" of Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants through Turkey, after Raping an Aghan Young Girl aged only 12, Brutaly Throwing down to Rocks from an 8 Meters High another Girl in Greece, (who was Seriously Wounded), before Attacking, Raping and even Murdering Young Student Maria Landenburger at nearby Freiburg, also on 2016 : In Fact, Specialists believe that he's an Adult Man, "at least 22" Years old...


The Biggest Budget for Migrants in Germany is Spend these Years precisely for an Exceptionaly Huge Number of so-called "Non Accompagnied Children", (Never Seen Before so Many), who are a Great Part of those Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants that arrived through Turkey on 2015-2016. Already, the experienced Strasbourg's "Lower Rhine" Department former President, and currently Senator, Guy-Dominique Kennel, had Strongly Denounced the manifold Problems (including of Security) provoked by an UnPrecedented Big Number of such "Non Accompagnied Children" massively arriving through Turkey, almost all ...withOut aby ID Papers, and systematicaly Claiming that they would all be "Children", even if they Look very much as Adults, in order to Claim manifold Social Advantages reserved to Real Children.


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     But the Most Important is, apparently, that Prevention of Islamist Terrorist Attacks in Europe seems to Face Serious Problems :


    - F.ex., the latest London Subway Bomber was, reportedly, known to have been "Radicalized", from an Islamist point of view, and had been Contacted Recently, by the British Services for that. US President Don Trump even wrote, in a Tweet, that the Perpetrators "Were in the Sights of Scotland Yard".


The Bomber had even Quarelled, some Days earlier, with his Foster Mother, to the point that she had, reportedly, anounced her initial Wish to "Stop taking Care of him", even if she was Famous for having Served more than 250 Kids, already before, including Refugees, "without ever turning anyone out". Neighbours described the Culprit as having an "Awful" Behavior", (Contrary to other, Real Refugee Children, who looked "Quiet and Polite"). Shortly after that Bombing, the Police even Found some more Explosives Hidden behind a sofa inside his Room...


However, the British Police had Not Taken Any Preventive Measure, as far as he was concerned, not even the slightest...

Such Situations Remind, f.ex., even Worse Security Gaps in Europe recently, which Proved to be Fatal :


F.ex., in Germany, Both the Mass Killer with a Heavy Truck at Berlin's "Christmas" Market, on December 2016, who Murdered 12 Civilian People and Wounded 60, and the Recent Knifeman of Hamburg, who, on July 2017, killed one man and wounded another 6, with a 20 cm.-Long Knife, had in common that they should have normaly been Expulsed, since a long time ago !


 But, neverheless, for various Bureaucratic and/or other reasons, Pretexts or Blunders, they were still Staying inside Europe, untouched and free to move around...


Hamburg's Knifeman was even ... "Exemplary" : He reportedly used to come himself regularly at the Police Stations in order to Ask if his papers were, at last, ready in order to be Expulsed Back Home ! He had even done so, Earlier that Same Fatal Day of the Knife-Attack, just a few Hours Before...


As for the Berlin Killer, it seems that the Local Police really didn't want to get him at all : It took More than Three (3) Hours to simply Start Searching for him inside the City, and more than Five (5) Hours in order to Start Searching around Germany ! So that, Finaly, the Killer naturaly Escaped from the German Police, but was Stopped and Shot by ... Italian Police, at Milano,  2 Days Later !

As for a another Deadly Street Car + Knife Attack also in Germany, just a Month Later (February 2017, in Heidelberg), the Local Police didn't even publish his Name, so that practically Nobody learned what really happened to that "Enquiry"....


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+ The Most Scandalous such affair is that of a Portorico Man, (reportedly a Muslim convert since long) working in Alaska, who had already Warned himself the FBI, during former US President Barack Hussein Obama, a "Socialist" (Dem. Party), that "some" occulte forces seemed to ....Push him to Kill People for ISIL's aims, with his private Gun, (that he delivered to FBI, at his own initiative, on 2016).


But Obama's FBI did practically Nothing : They just advised him to consult a ...Local Mental Health Doctor, (who also did nothing), and even ...Returned his Gun !


=> Just some Weeks Later, on January 6, 2017 (always Obama's term) he was Shooting at People in Florida's Airport, where he Killed 5 and Wounded anOther 6 innocent Civilians ...


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At a Top Political level, the most Obvious Blunder was that of the Out-Going then, now Former French President Hollande, who, back on July 14th, 2016, during the Festivities for the National Day, (and just after a Traditional Reception at Elysée Palace in Paris, where he might have, eventually, taken 1 or 2 Glasses of Good Wine), the "Socialist" Leader felt that things were going so well, that he Dared take the Initiative to announce the full End of the Urgency Security Regime which was applied throughout the whole Country, since ISIL's Deadly Attacks of January and November 2015, (at "Charlie Hebdo" and "Bataclan", etc., respectively)...


=> But, just a Few Hours Later, suddenly, 20 tonnes Heavy Lorry, driven by a recently Radicalized Muslim Migrant from Tunisia, cowardly Aggressed the People who were traditionally walking with their Families, including Elders, Women and Children, across a Seaside Walkway, Brutally Killing 87 and Wounding 458 others overnight...


That Horrible Massacre at Nice City (7/2016) was the First Time in History that a "Socialist" President like Hollande, immediately Surprized by spontaneously Starting to use, in his Official Public Declaration, the full Wording of "Islamist Terrorism" !...


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But, in fact, Already, right from the Start, something looked quite Fishy :

- F.ex., even at the November 2015 ISIL Terrorists' Deadly Attacks in Paris, particularly at "Bataclan", etc., in Addition to a notorious Controversy about the Criticism on the Local Security service, made in Public by the Leader of American Rock Music Group "EODM", who was playing then there, when that Attack took place, there were also certain Victims' Families who were notoriously Angered and Revolted by what, them too, Felt to be a Scandalous Abandon of their Children to such Brutal Invasions by Deadly Islamist Terrorists...

+ Perhaps, even More Important, (even if it Needs and Deserves a Serious and Thorough Investigation, in order to Find the whole Truth), already, Right from the very Start : I.e. Even since the January 7, 2015, ISIS Deadly Terrorists' Attack against Critical Journalists at the "CHARLIE HEBDO" Weekly Satiric Magazine, in Paris, (where 12 People were Killed, and 11 Wounded, followed, later-on, also by another 4 Jewish People killed elsewhere in Paris),


>>> several Witnesses or Survivants, and particularly the Wife of Famous veteran Cartoonist "Wolinski", who was Murdered, strongly Denounced, inter alia, also the Surprizing Fact that the Regular Security Measures which had been Established since Years, because of Threats in the Past, were, Curiously, Downgraded, and some even outrightly Suppressed, just a Few Days Before that Deadly Islamist Terrorism Attack !


It's also a Fact that, this "1st" Big ISIS' Deadly Attack at the Heart of Europe, had Targetted "Charlie Hebdo" the Day that it Published, at its Front-Page, a Vibrant Satiric Warning against rampant Islamization of France and Europe, through the Book of Michel Houellebecq "Submission", (which was Published that Same Day of January 7, 2015, but had been already "Hacked" by Web "Pirates" who had Leaked its main Idea since December 2014, revealed f.ex. by "Guardian" and Other disagreeing Mainstream Medias Worldwide : See, f.ex. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/dec/16/michel-houllebecq-france-submission-soumission-muslim-islam-president etc), in the Wider Context of a Criticism of what the Dissident Journalists who were going to be Murdered had named "La Gauche - Caviar", (i.e. "those Leftists of the Establishment"), targetting former "Socialist" President Hollande's regime.


As for the infamous, alleged "Moameth's cartoons", almost Nothing of this kind wasn't really visible there.

(See the Original "Charlie Hebdo" Front-page, and the relevant Articles, published that Tragic Day of of January 7, 2015).

 

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CoE/ECHR: Turkey Fails to show Content of Enquiry for MISSING Cypriots, doesN't Pay, Hides Proof

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 19 September 2017
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/ [UPDATED]- Eve of a crucial CoE Ministers' meeting on ECHR case-Law Implementation (19-21/9/2017), Turkey Failed to show Any concrete Content of Investigation on Cyprus' "MISSING" People even After Decades, does Not Pay to the Victims' Family any due Just Satisfaction, and is also Accused now to Alterate material Evidence on what really happened to them and who is responsible, according to Recent UN Findings.


This was Revealed by Official Documents, just published by the CoE, concerning the execution of Both ECHR's landmark Judgments in the "Inter-State" Case of "Cyprus v. Turkey" (2001) and on a series of Individual Complaints by Victims' Families in the "Varnava" case (2010), but also on more recent occasions (f.ex. 2012, 2014, etc), according to Letters send by their Lawyers and Human Rights' NGOs, as well as by the Governments of Cyprus and Turkey on 2017.


ECHR has repeatedly Condemned Turkey, inter alia, mainly for Failing to Investigate the Fate of Greek Cypriot "Missing" persons, since the 1974 Military Invasion/Occupation of the Northern part of Cyprus by Ankara's Foreign Army, (which notoriously made also more than 190.000 real Refugees/Displaced People, forced to flee and still Hindered to Return, despite another set of Damning ECHR Condemnations of Ankara), according to Strasbourg's PanEuropean Court's Established Case-Law, which traditionally asks, from the respondent State, to make Efficient Investigations on what realy Happened to those gone "Missing", Find and Punish all those Responsible for her "Disappearance".


CoE's Highest Political body, that of its 47-Member Countries-strong Committee of Ministers, eeeeeis entrusted with the Duty to "Supervise the Execution" of ECHR's Judgements, and which can, theoretically, take a Variety of Decisions in case of Blatant DisRespect, going from concrete Demands, more or less strong Criticism or Denonciations, etc., up to Declaring that the Responsible State eventually Failed to abide by CoE Statute's Obligations for Respect of the Legally Binding character of ECHR's Judgements on Human Rights, eventually leading, in fine, at a Threat to Suspend or Exclude the recalcitrant State from Strasbourg's Pan-European Organisation, (as, f.ex., in the case of a Military Regime in Greece during the 1967-1974 Past, etc). In parallel, CoE's Parliamentary Assembly, (which meets here soon, in October 2017), can, eventually, take several Other Sanctions also vis a vis the recalcitrant State's MEPs, (f.ex., Block their Voting Rights, etc).


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Ankara on Cyprus' "Missing" People :
 - Many pages with 0 Content of Investigations, (for Decades) !...

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 - "Truth Now" NGO, refers Nowadays (9/2017), in a Letter just received by the CoE in Strasbourg, to a Series of Individual Complaints which had been lodged to ECHR in the Past by Families of Dozens Greek-Cypriots "Missing" since 1974, but were, curiously, Dismissed, by a Chamber of the ECHR, on 2012 and 2013 as ... "Premature" (sic !).


 - Indeed, 7 out of the 47 ECHR's EuroJudges had found, then, that Turkey hadn't Started to make "Investigations" in those cases (of Persons "Missing" since 1974), but Only "since Late 2010"...


=> Therefore, a Chamber of ECHR had concluded, on 2012 and 2013, that it was, then, "Too Early" (sic !) "to impugne" Turkey's response as "InEffective", and/or "a mere Sham or that there is Bad Faith, wilful Footdragging and calculated Prevarication". Merely because this was "Not Yet" possible, at that Time.


>>> But, ECHR, had, nevertheless, Repeatedly Warned, on 2012 and 2013, that, even in similar Cases, "Prolonged Inactivity and Silence by the (Turkish) Authorities over a More Significant period of Time, Might eventually render Such a Conclusion Possible", i.e. result in New Condamnations of Ankara.


- Therefore, ECHR, "Concerned with complaints as to the response of the (Turkish) authorities Following the Discovery of the Remains" of "Missing" Greek Cypriots,  in Fact, did Not Exclude to, eventually, Find, Later-on, f.ex. a "Lack of Effectiveness or Expedition", an "Obstructiveness or Callous Indifference", But had Not Yet enough elements "at the Current Time", or "at This Stage", as it had said Back on 2012.


+ However, ...even 5 More Years Later, on 2017, the Turkish side reportedly send to the Lawyer of the Victims a Letter (only in Turkish Language !), which appears to Claim that "Alleged Investigations ... had reached No Result, and that the Case-Files would be Closed" for ever !


=> Thus, "Truth Now" NGO concludes  Today that "the Turkish Government has so far Failed to carry out an Investigation, let alone an Effective one", on what really Happened to all those "Missing" Persons, and "urgese" COE's Committee of Ministers to Remind Turkey "its Obligations under the judgments of the Court both in respect of Damages, as well as individual and general Measures".

+ That NGO also Informs the CoE that (partly Similar to an Old "Eurofora"'s  Suggestion, made in the Past to a former UNO's Envoy for Cyprus, during his Visit to EU Parliament in Strasbourg, as a way to also Facilitate a Peaceful ReUnification of the Island), and Afterwards endorsed also by Lawyer Achileas Demetriades, mutatis-mutandis), it Stands ready to "Support the Creation of a <<Truth Commission>> in Cyprus" for All "Missing persons", in general.


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 But, Astonishingly, the Only "Reply" given by the Turkish Government on those Cases of many Dozens more of "Missing" persons, just Received by the CoE in Strasbourg on 9/2017, is a Long Letter, with Many full Pages, Contesting all the above-mentioned Arguments of the "Truth Now" NGO, ...withOut, however, Mentioning ...Any Concrete Content at all, from Ankara's alleged "Investigations" on that matter !...


It's, indeed, Only a mere Mention of Strictly Procedural steps, curiously Empty of Any (even the Slightest) Mention of one or another Content of the "Investigations" that Turkey claims to have made : F.ex., No Lead, Nor Hypothesis, Not Any Finding, No Arguments, No mention of any Circumstances, Acts, Suspects, Witnesses' depositions, Searches, Objects and/or Locations Examined, Remains analysed, etc. I.e., absolutely Nothing on the Substance of all those Tragic Cases !


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>>> This seems, indeed, to be a Wider, almost General Problem with Turkey's attitude vis a vis "Missing" Persons in Cyprus, as a more Comprehensive, Critical set of Observations presented by the Cypriot Government to the CoE Denounces Now :


- "The actual and/or precise  Content of these Investigations has
consistently and purposely Not been Disclosed" by Turkey, even if  Ankara "seeks to create a (False) Impression ... of ... alleged .. Investigations and of an ...Output", fallaciously, the Cypriot Government criticizes mainly, in, its observations on the Implementation due to ECHR's landmark Judgement on the "Cyprus v. Turkey" InterState case.


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+ Secret "ReLocations" of Victims' Remains :

- Attempts to "Conceal Evidence of Crimes" ?

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- Moreover, Recent Findings by UNO's Committee on "Missing" Persons at the Island, have "determined that a Large Number of Missing Persons' Remains were ... Intentionally Removed" from their Initial Burial Place, and "Transferred to UnKnown Locations" by Turkey, Denounces Cyprus' Government now (9/2017) :

- Indeed, as "CMP has determined", this was done with "Considerable Effort", and "Heavy Machinery", in a way "Undoubtedly Deliberate, and Intended to Conceal Evidence of a Crime", Nicosia's Authorities point out.

 

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- In particular, "This is Evidenced by the Archeological Findings, and results of Fragmented and Disarticulated Remains that have arisen from a number of CMP’s Excavations". Also, "so far, it has been Established, that the Intentional ReLocation of Remains has occured in 4 Sites in the (Turkish) Occupied Areas of Cyprus", Nicosia denounces.

- And, "Despite repeated Pleas to Turkey, including through various Decisions (of the CoE) to Provide Information ... of the New Locations, at which the ReLocated Remains have been Deposited", nevertheless, "Turkey Continues to Deny ... any relevant Infirmation", Cyprus' Government reveals.

>>> But, meanwhile, "that ReLocation Leads to Distortion of Burial Sites, and the Loss of valuable Forensic Information (Evidence)", including even "to the Loss of the Remains themselves, ... partially or in whole", Cyprus Warned.


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Unfortunately, Turkey's own Latest 2017 published Report's observations on all these Cases and Critical Points, once again, does Not reveal Any Substantial Content of Investigations, Neither any concrete reply.

+ It Only reveals that Ankara still Persists, anew, to Refuse to even Pay Any Just Satisfaction Awarded by ECHR's Judgements to Victims of such Enforced "Disappearances", and/or of Massive Usurpations of Greek Cypriot Refugees/Displaced Persons Family Homes and/or Private Properties,  in the Occupied Territories of Cyprus, still illegaly Controlled by the Turkish Invasion/Occupation Army since 1974, despite several UN SC Resolutions asking for the Withdrawal of Foreign Troops.

=> That's why, Nowdays, also another Victim of the Latter, Professor Dr. Andreas Orphanides, from a Family of Greek-Cypriot Refugees/Displaced persons, who is also a Lawyer, asked from the CoE to "Declare Explicitly that: "Turkey has Seriously Violated Article 3 of CoE's Statute", on the PanEuropean Organisation's Member States' Obligation to Comply with ECHR's Legally Binding Judgements on respect Human Rights, (Comp. Supra).

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+ [UPDATE] In a Note, apparently Dated "19.9.2017", but seen by "Eurofora" Later, Turkey curiously Adds, at the Last Minute, a lot of never mentioned before Claims, in an obvious Attempt to avoid CoE's eventual Sanctions for Lack of Efficient Investigations on the cases of "Missing" People from Cyprus :


- But the alleged Facts convern Only one (1) case, and the Fate of Only one (1) Greek Cypriot "Missing" person, among more than 1.500...

- Ankara's Government already had Many full Months, since the Previous CoE Committee of Ministers' Human Rights session, and more than 42 Years since those "Disappearances", soon after the 1974 Turkish Military Invasion and Occupation of the Northern Part of Cyprus, in order to Make serious Investigations on their Fate.


Therefore, there is No Excuse for Starting to present the slightest trace of One alleged "Investigation" Only During the Day in which CoE had just Began to Examine and Discuss All those cases.

- Even if Turkey Admits that this Case "concerned one among the Most Serious Crimes", which still remains totally UnSolved, nevertheless, it Announces that its "File has been Closed" by its subordinate authorities  !

- Under Pretext that, as Turkey Claims, its agents would have "conducted (UnDetermined) Searches" (sic !), But ..."did Not Find Any Evidence or Trace", Not Even there Where UNO's Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) had, on the Contrary, Managed to Find, Earlier "the Remains" of a Killed Greek Cypriot "Missing" person...

+ In Addition Turkey Claims that, according to what had Merely "said the Son" of a key Suspect, ("Named" by the Family of the Victim), he would have "Died in 1992", and, therefore, Not even a simple "Statement could Not be Obtained from him" Now.


But, (even if this would be Supposed as, perhaps, True), However, "Eurofora" knows (on the Basis mainly of Official Documents and Testimonies, since 1992 in Strasbourg), that it was ...Turkey itself which notoriously Persisted to Block, even a simple Publication, of the 1st ever CoE's Official Report which had Initialy Examined, Verified and Denounced the Fact that serious Risks of Crimes to have been Committed on many Greek Cypriot "Missing" People, really Existed, and Must be Efficiently Investigated, before it becomes too late, as it had Concluded, already as Early as since the 1980ies !


Indeed, this concerned an Official Report on Cyprus by the former European Commission on Human Rights (which Historically Existed since the Creation of the ECHR, until a Reform of that System on 1998), which had been Kept Secret, during several Years, and classified as "Confidential", until the Cypriot Government Accepted to promise Not to pursue the matter further into the Court, but to consider that this Procedure had Finished merely by its Publication (i.e. withOut any Investigation to Find those Responsible for the Enforced "Disappearances", and withOut any Sanction against eventual Criminals)... And, indeed, this was Agreed, among Diplomats, on that Initial Inter-State case, ...Exactly on 1992 : I.e., by an Astonishing "Coincidence", precisely When that Suspect No 1, would have, allegedly, "Died", all out of a Sudden (Comp. Supra) !


=> Therefore, Turkey, whose Negative Behavior is the main Responsible for Blocking ECHR's functioning until, at least, 1992 (in that key Initial Case), canNOT, Now, Find Any alleged "Excuse" in an eventual Obstacle to the Required Efficient Investigation, that Ankara Provoked by itself, (Obviously in order to Block such Investigations)...

++ Moreover, Nowadays, Turkey also Claims on 9/2017, that, Despite some (UnDetermined and Vague) "Searches", and/or (also UnDetermined and Vague) "Interviews", allegedly made by Ankara's agents Recently, in that individual case of a "Missing" Greek Cypriot found Killed, (Comp. Supra), nevertheless, the mere "Passage of 43 Years since the event (1974-2017), had Rendered UnFeasible (sic !) the Questioning of the relevent Persons, and Collection of further Information and Evidence" !


If such a strange Turkish Claim was, eventually, accepted, then, ... it's practicaly All, or almost, More than 1.500 Cases of "MISSING" Greek-Cypriot People, which would Risk to be Definitively and Totally Blocked, and All eventual Criminals would Escape entirely UnHarmed, withOut even Discovering, ever, the Truth on what really Happened to them...


Moreover, WHO bears the main Responsibility for that Delay ? Who provoked that awful Waste of precious Time ? - Who else than ... Turkey itself, which has notoriously Attempted to Block and/or Delay, during almost All these Years, any Independent and Efficient Investigation on what really Happened too all those "MISSING" Greek Cypriots, and Who is Responsible for their Enforced Disappearance...


It's, precisely, for that reason, that ECHR initially Concluded on Turkey's heavy Responsibilities with that Report written on the 1980ies and Published on 1992, Comp. Supra), and Afterwards Condemned Ankara at another "Cyprus v. Turkey" Inter-State Case on 2001, added also to the susbequent ECHR Condamnations, in a Series of Individual Applications, lodged by the Victims' Families, at the Famous "Varnava" Case on 2010, (etc). And all this has been, practically, Confirmed, even more Clearly than ever, also with a landmark ECHR Great Chamber's Decision of 2014, which Explicitly reiterated Turkey's Obligation to, at last, Investigate all those Cases of so many Greek Cypriot "Missing" People, and the subsequent CoE Committee of Ministers' Duty to Convince Ankara to, at last, Abide by ECHR's Judgements which undeniably Require such Efficient Investigations. Many CoE Committee of Ministers' Decisions also, at several occasions, Until Recently, have Explicitly "Urged" Turkey to do so, the Soonest, as a matter of "Urgency", Before it Might Become, eventually, in this or that particular case, Too Late, by provoking the Destruction of Evidence of Crimes.


That's, indeed, why Turkey was Repeatedly Condemned by the ECHR under Article 2 of the PanEuropean Convention of Human Rights,; which Protects Life, for Lack of Any Efficient Investigations in the Cases of Greek Cypriot "Missing" People, and even under Article 3, for Inhuman and Degrading Treatments of Victims' Families, because Turkey has for Decades Refused or Failed to give them Any useful Information on What Happened to their Beloved ones, who "Disappeared"", in Life-Threatening Situations, at Areas Controlled by Ankara's Invasion/Occupation Army.


=> Therefore, obviously, Turkey canNot, Now, (After all these Decades of Silence, Delays, Obstructions, and/or Failings to really Search the Truth and Do Justice), Find a Pretext or Excuse on what it has illegaly and scandalously Provoked itself !


+ Unless, it all Means, in substance, that a New Fact has been Created, more or less Recently : The Destruction of Evidence of Crimes by Turkey's earlier and prolonged Behavior.


>>> In that case, such a New Fact must, naturally, be clearly and Distinctively Denounced and Condemned in itself, by the ECHR, with relevant, specific Sanctions by CoE's Committee of Ministers : 


=> If, indeed, some Turkish Officials provoked, by their Acts and/or Ommissions, during Decades (f.ex. from 1980 up to 2010+ : Comp. Supra), such a Huge and Scandalous Cover-Up even of Horrible Crimes committed in the Past by Others among their populations, in the areas that Ankara's Military Controls, then, All those "New" and Supplementary Wrong-Doers, Culprits, and/or Additional Criminals, Must Face adequate Sanctions and Justice be done, also as far as their, Additional and Subsequent Wrongdoings (f.ex. Complicity to Crimes, Destruction of Evidence, Recell, Obstruction of Justice, etc) are concerned !


This should, normally, be much More Simple to do, since almost All of those Additional Culprits would probably be still Alive (since their Acts and/or Ommissions are much more Recent), and Easily Identified. ]

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=> By a Timely Coincidence, the overall scandalous Picture of All these Facts, astonishingly Fits with a very Expressive, Original Painting presented these Days at an Exhibition of 2 German Artists inside the CoE, sponsored by the PanEuropean Organisation's Cultural Club, where "Eurofora" was Invited, right in Front of ECHR's Building in Strasbourg :

 

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- Among the Various Colorfull Artworks exhibited here by Painters Gertrud E. Wurth and Harm Gerdes, both from nearby Darmstadt (Germany), the Latter included also a Spectacular Tragic Picture, in which, the Spectator may see a Criminal attempting to Kill, with one Hand, his Victim, while, by anOther, Usurpating his Money, Together with his Cultivated Fields and Land. This translates, at the Painting, with a Yellow Color becoming Brighter at that Criminal's Figure, as he Steals the Life and Belongings of his Victim, who, by Dying, progressively Loses his own Color, Falling Down into a more and more Gray Nothingness, and Threatened to be soon Totaly Erased, Drown at a Flood of Red Blood below his feet. But, at the Last Minute, that Victim finds the Moral Strength to, at least, Launch a Final, Dramatic Appeal for Help and/or in order to, at least, Denounce those Horrible Crimes, exclude that they might be Forgotten or Covered up, and Ask for Justice to be done. Then, Suddenly, that Victim's Appeal is Magically Transformed into a kind of Bright Light, which Flyes Upwards, joining a Vertical Bright Beam of Energy, which Succeeds to Advance High at the Top of the Sky's Horizon, (from where, on the Contrary, the Criminal's lower Figure seems Excluded)...

- "Eurofora" was, sincerely, Astonished, by that, Exceptional Painting, (placed among Many Other, various Paintings with Different Images), even if its Creator, the 22 y.o. Young Painter Gerdes (who studied Art in Germany and the UK) prefered Not to tell us what he wanted to say with that, but Rather ... Ask us, with a Serious, but kind Smile, what We were seeing in its colorful, tragic Content ! 

We only Guessed the True Meaning of that Exceptional, Tragic, but Superb Painting, when we realized that Gerdes' Mother (nowadays a Beautiful, Serious and Kind German Lady), was of Cypriot origin, Born at the Island...


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In fact, speaking of Art, Nowadays, the prolonged Turkey's Disrespect vis a vis  ECHR's Case-Law reminds World-Famous Gabriel Garcia-Marquez' Nobel Prize Winner book "100 Years of Solitude" :


- The Writer describes an area where Massive Horrible Crimes were allegedly committed against Many Innocent People, who have Mysteriously "Disappeared", all gone "Missing", including most of their belongings, withOut leaving any visible sign to nowadays travellers.


>>> But, the Tragic Despair of those vainly Trying to Find the Truth on what Really Happened to all those Human Persons, and where have they been, who is Responsible for their "Disappearance", or any trace of their remains and History might still Exist Today, is, unexpectedly, Dissipated :


- A Colorfull "Cloud" of beautifull Butterflies, suddenly Fly accross the Sky, coming and going around a focal point, now lost amidst a Dense Forest which has grown throughout a long forgotten area : There where, once, an Historic Community of Many People used to Live, for Thousands of Years, Free, with a vivid Culture, with a Memory and a Future at the Horizon. Until they were Brutally Aggressed, Tortured and Slaughtered, or Forced to Flee, while their Homes, Cultivated Fields and Land were Usurpated by a Violent Invasion of Armed Bands, who Systematically Erased Any Trace of their Victims.


Such a "cloud" of Butterflies, which started to Fly around such spots, Marks a Hidden Tragic History, that it's our elementary Duty to Help Reveal, in order to do Justice to the Victims by, at last, Unmasking and punishing those Responsible for their "Disappearance" and their Accomplices, so that the People would Not be Afraid that such Horrible Crimes might, eventually, be Committed again in the Future.

 

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Schaüble + Juncker to Eurofora, with Merkel : - Shift towards a Deep Europe ?

Written by ACM
Monday, 18 September 2017
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*Offenburg (Germany)/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU Commission's President, Jean-Claude Juncker, succeeded Today, on 2017, to IMF's Chief, Catherine Lagarde, who had been the Invited Keenote Speaker on 2012, together with German Chancellor Angie Merkel in Both cases, at a well-attended Collective Event for the Anniversary of the More Popular, according to Polls, Longest-Serving MP and Top Minister in Germany, Wolfgang Schäuble, celebrating 70 Years before and 75 Years Now, (as "Eurofora"s and other Journalists' Press Cards' proudly show : comp. Photo).
 
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Prestigious USA Newspaper "New York Times" had Found at that 2012 Event with Lagarde, a Proof for its Claim that "IMF" had got "increased Power" because of "€uroZone Crisis", (at its Highest in that Past), as the American Newpaper's Headlines boasted then...
 
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=> In Consequence, Nowadays, "Eurofora" could legitimately claim that, on 2017, (as Juncker has just Officially Declared in EU Parliament, just a Few Days Earlier at Nearby Strasbourg : Comp. f.ex. http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euslamsturkeybutdecisionaftergermanvote.html), EU Commission President's presence at a Similar Event on 2017, would Indicate that "€uroArea" and all EU's Economy is Becoming Stronger, so that the Focus of "Increasing Power", points Now towards Europe's Franco-German+ core !
 
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Indeed, Schäuble's "GeburtsTag" Event, which had taken place 5 Years Earlier, Back on 2012, at a Theater in Berlin, Now, on 2017, it organized at the Nearest German City to Strasbourg : at Offenburg's "Reithalle"'s "KulturForum", (even with the participation of an .. Armed Group of Soldiers, from the Länder of Baden-Wurttemberg, with Impressive, Colorful Historic Clothes, and very Loud Gunshots, with which they Welcomed Schäuble, Juncker and Merkel)...
 
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 - Schäuble, who had initially Welcomed "Eurofora" with a Bright Smile, particularly when we reminded the fact that we came from nearby Strasbourg, carefully told us, later-on, that, frankly, he "Didn't know" if he would really Succeed to Boost the EU, and particularly its €uroArea, around its Franco-German+ core, But Agreed that, during the next years, there is really a "Hope" justifying to, at least, give it a try now...
 
Indeed, recently, Both at Reutlingen, during CDU BW's Annual Congress (Cf.: ...), and now, at Offenburg, he spoke so much about what may happen "During the Next Years", as he often repeated, that the Impression is strong that Schäuble may have something Important in Mind..
 
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At any case, Big, Central European Countries, such as Germany and others, have an Historic and GeoPolitical "Responsibility" to Care also for the Fate of Others, Including Medium-Small EU Member Countries, he added later in his Public Speech, noting that he "learned that from Helmut Kohl", (his Historic mentor).
 
And, Nowadays, we (EU) must pay Attention for "all Europe" to stand "Together", heading for a "Better Future", without hard Divisions, (f.ex. East-West and/or others), Schäuble added in this regard, as far as the General European Interest is concerned.
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 - Juncker, speaking, meanwhile, also to "Eurofora", willingly confirmed that he was in favor of a Public Debate with EU Citizens on Europe's Future, Starting from 2018, as, inter alia, also the New French President Emmanuel Macron had suggested recently from Athens, Greece, (See: ...), even if it was, at least for the Time being, too early yet to know whether and how exactly this would really produce more or less "Positive" Results for European Integration.
 
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+ Nevertheless, in his subsequent Public Speech, EU Commission's President repeatedly Observed Schâuble's personal Interest, and frequent Contacts between his HomeTown, "Offenburg", and nearby "Strasbourg", (Seat of EU Parliament's Full Plenary Sessions, PanEuropean CoE's Headquarters, ECHR, EUROCORPS, EU Citizens' Defensor/Ombudsperson, "Shengen" Secretariat, ARTE European Radio-TV, etc), as well as his attempts to Bridge the Franco-German Borders throughout their Common River : Rhine.

Meanwhile, even Fast-Advancing Integration of Strasbourg with Kehl, via New Bridges (including for High-Speed Trains), Direct City Tram Links, a "2 Shores Garden" common area, Joint Initiatives for Jobs to Young People, Creation of Franco-Germano-Swiss Universities Unified "Euro-Campus" for Students and Scientific Research hailed by the EU, (etc), without forgetting the Idea of Millionaiore Media Publisher Hubert Burda (in whose Big Tower, here in Offenurg, lives Schäuble with his Wife, Ingeborg, who has Earlier confessed to "Eurofora" her astonishment for all those Urban "Changes") to create an "Internet Valley" accross the Rhine, (See, f.ex. :...), make Kehl's Mayor, Tony Vedrano (CDU) to positively Smile when "Eurofora" evokes a possibility to eventually create a kind of New European Capital somewhere around this Franco-German core EU area in Future...
 
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In practice, Juncker has just Fixed an Historic "Rendez-Vous" about Decisions on EU's Future, for immediately After the Expected "BREXIT" of the UK, from "March 2019", as he said earlier in EU Parliament in Strasbourg, i.e. in due Time for that to become a Key part of the Crucial forthcoming European Elections of May 2019.
 
 
 
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- Merkel, (who walked with a lively Smile, Greeting also "Eurofora" a.o.,  when she entered Reithalle's KulturForum, largely Applauded by a numerous Audience, extending throughout 2 or 3 adjacent Rooms), in her Speech on Schäuble, significantly Focused, First of all, to his Experienced, Key Contribution as a convinced pro-"European" politician, following, immediately afterwards, by his Role in the "ReUnification of Germany", (which, notoriously, Facilitated that of almost All Europe), and his Record-High, ...44 Years-Long "Parliamentarian" activities, ...
 
 
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Schäuble's Human relations, his Love for "Art, Music, Intellectual ideas, Culture", etc., have also contributed to create interesting personal links "Europe-Wide", she adds.
 
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- "Thank you, for what you have done for Germany and for (all) Europe !", Merkel saluted Schäuble in conclusion.
 
 
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+ Significantly, the German Chancellor, (who notoriously likes Symbols), revealed that she Chose to give Schäuble as a "Gift" for his 75th Anniversary, a set of Books with All the Writtings of an important Theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, known mainly for having Decicated and even Sacrificed his Life for Values that he supported in all Europe and beyond, who was Killed by NAZIs just a Few Days before the 1945 Liberation of All Europe : To the point that his Statute figures, Nowadays, side by side with that of Martin Luther-King, etc., at London's Westminster Abbey, (i.e., there where all British MPs found Refuge during a Recent Islamist Terrorist Attack : See ...).

However, Schäuble, (who has, notoriously Succeeded to Inspire mainly "Stability" to most People, in Germany and all Europe), Ambitiously concluded, later Today, his Public Speech, by Addressing, with a Hopeful Smile, an Invitation to his Audience to come anew at his Next such Anniversary Event, when he will Reach ... "80 Years", i.e. on 2022 !
 
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Many German a.o. Medias speculated, these Days, about what exactly Might be Schäuble's Next Political Task, just After the forthcoming German Elections of September 24, 2017 :

Yesterday, the Liberal Party, a likely Ally of Merkel in a New Government for 2017-2021, surprized by Announcing its intention to Seek, this time, Not the Foreign Ministry, (as usual in Germany for Junior Allies in any Government Coalition), but, on the Contrary that of ... Finance Minister, i.e. what Schäuble holds for 9 Years during Merkel's Chancellorship.

Hypothesis published Nowdays, oscillated between f.ex., the Foreign Ministry, or the Presidency of the Bundestag, etc.
 
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And its true that Schäuble, initialy chosen by the Historic former Long-Time German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, as Director of his Office, (i.e. an Overview-providing Top Job), then JHA Minister, Negotiator for the ReUnification of Germany, Head of the Governing CDU/CSU's Parliamentary Group, Top Minister of JHA or Finances, at a Crucial period of €uroArea, and when Many notoriously Expect that it might Advance towards creating the Foundations of a possible EU's more Integrated and Stronger Core, with More Instruments and even a Security/Defense policy, etc., could also Serve in Various Other Top Jobs :
 
-  From a projected Job of EU's "Minister" for €uroArea, to Future EU Parliament's President After the 2019 EU Elections, or even that New Job in a Future "Unified" Presidency of Both EU Commission and Council, (as Juncker has just Proposed, while also Announcing, curiously, that he does Not intend to be Candidate personally), etc., a possible List may be Long...

Meanwhile, however, Merkel hastily departed, as expected, rushing to an Electoral Campaign Meeting at Nearby Freiburg, as scheduled. Schäuble confirmed that, playfully reminding also that it was the City where he had been Born !
 
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He is placed as Top Candidate, Number 1, in the Governing CDU/CSU List of Candidate MPs for the Baden-Wurttemberg Länder in the forthcoming, September 24, 2017 Elections to the Bundestag. And Schâuble's Party is due to WIn those Elections there, with about 42% of the Votes, according to Regional Polls, (Compared to about 38% Nationwide).

- So that, "We (CDU/CSU) are expected to Win these Elections", but, "shortly Afterwards, we'd have to Decide with whom we shall make a Governing Alliance", said to "Eurofora" the ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Axel Fischer, President of PanEuropean CoE's Parliamentary Assembly, (who is also from Baden-Wurttemberg):
 
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Among various possible Allies to Merkel's CDU/CSU's ChristianDemocrats, are notoriously Included f.ex. the Liberals and/or the Greens (for a Center-Right Coalition), if not again the Socialists (for another "GroKo", Beyond Right or Left), etc.

The "Greens" already Govern, Together with the ChristianDemocrats/EPP, at the Level of the Federated "Länder" of Baden-Wurttemberg, here, as well as, Recently, at Nord-Rhein-Westfalia (NRW : in the middle of 2017), in the past at Hessen, etc, according to an Idea suggested by "Eurofora" from 2010 (See, f.ex.: ...), and apparently Supported, in Theory, also by Pope Emeritus Benedict, particularly with his Landmark Theory about "Human Ecology", that he had Highlighted at the German Bundestag during his 2011 Official Visit, (comp.: ...).

But, this had been initialy Motivated by a Hope to Tackle strong BioEthical Issues, Crucial Today for Humankind's Future, (Comp. Pope Emeritus Benedict's 2009 landmark Encyclic "Caritas in Veritatis" at : ..., and "Eurofora"'s relevant Publications at : .... +...., etc), which have, Recently, been, Unfortunately, Bypassed, for a lage Part : F.ex. by "GroKo" Deals with the Socialists about Genetic Tests on Humans (from 2013), and/or the latest, surprisingly Hasty, 30/6/2017 Imposal of "Same Sex Marriage" between Homosexuals, including even Submission of Children to Homosexual Strangers under Pretext of "Adoption", etc., which provoke Risks for Shady Technocratic a.o. Lobbies to eventualy Take Control over Artificial Techniques for Procreation of Human Beings, Dangerous for all Humankind), etc.

While the Latter, still remains to be Checked by the German Constitutional Court, at nearby Karlsruhe, nevertheless, several Other Topical BioEthical Issues also Remain to be Tackled, such as the Atrocious Exploitation of "Surrogate Mothers", the Risk to Spread "Artificial Procreations of Human Beings", etc., as well as various, gallopîng Techniques of Genetic Manipulations on Animals and/or Foodstuffs, (f.ex. Plants, etc), but also growing Dangers of "TransHumanism", etc., where eventual cooperation might sustain the initial Stake on BioEthics (Comp. Supra).

However, just Yesterday, (on Sunday, 17 of September 2017), suddenly Chancellor Angie Merkel surprized by an Apparently "Anodynous" Answer to an Exceptional session of Questions/Replies with Young Kids  in Berlin :
 
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 - Her Favorite Head of Government would be ..."Erna Solberg of Norway", she UnExpectedly revealed, just 1 Week since the Center-Right Leader of the Norwegian Conservatives Won a 2nd Electoral Mandate ...together with a Rightist party !

That Successful Norwegian move towards a Unity of the Right, has Spread, meanwhile, also in Denmark (forthcoming CoE President for November 2017 - May 2018 : Comp. ....).

More Recently, also in Bulgaria, where ChristianDemocrat/EPP party's Boyko Borisov has Recently agreed a Government Deal with the Rightists of the "United Patriots", who "Droped their former Euro-Sceptiscist stance, endorsing now a Pro-European Agenda, since Bulgaria is due to Chair the EU from January 2O18", as Sofia's Ambassador to the CoE, experienced former EU Affairs Minister Ms Katya Todorova, has recently told "Eurofora" in Strasbourg...

And Juncker has just endorsed as New EU Commissioner for "Digital" Technologies, the ...Bulgarian MEP Maria Gabriel, Wife of a French EU Parliament's Officer from Strasbourg, former Assistant to ChristianDemocrat/EPP President Joseph Daul, and currently of New EU Parliament's President Antonio Tajani, well known to "Eurofora" since many years...

Germany's Rightists of the "Alternative" new party, got recently in Schäuble's Baden-Wurttemberg Region more than 15 %, and are often credited, Nowadays, by several Polls with about 11% or More, for the First Time at National level, i.e., perhaps, becoming the Biggest among the 4 Small Parties, and revendicating the 3rd Rank in the Future Bundestag, (just after the ChristianDemocrats and the Socialists).

Together with the Liberals and the Rightists, the ChristianDemocrats could now have a Very Solid Absolute Majority of almost 60% of the projected Votes on 2017 Elections, just with the Right side of the Political spectrum, (i.e. without any more Concessions to the Left, f.ex. to the Socialists or the Greens, etc).

Notoriously, however, there seem to still be several Big Differences between the "CDU/CSU" and the "Alternative" currently, as things stand until now.

But Changes may be Possible, as the Examples of Norway, Denmark, Bulgaria, and elsewhere in Europe, precisely shows (Comp. Supra)...
 
Already, f.ex., among others, even AfD's vice-President, MEP Beatrix von Storck, who had been Presented by Establishment's Medias as Radically Opposed to Merkel in the Past, on the Contrary, Recently, she Complained to "Eurofora" in EU Parliament in Strasbourg that CDU People "don't even Talk to us"...

I.e., at First Sight, the situation, mutatis-mutandis, looks Similar to that which had Existed in the Past between the ChristianDemocrats and the Greens until 2010 (See, f.ex. : ... + ..., etc), but Changed seriously After 2011 - 2013, so that Today, a, eventual "Jamaica" Coalition (CDU/CSU - Liberals - Greens) notoriously seems possible.

And Chancellor Angie Merkel has already proved that she's perfectly Able, when really needed, to make even some Spectacular "U-Turns", on Strategic Issues, (as, f.ex., her 2011 "Energy-Schift", on the occasion of Fukusima, etc).

Her sudden Sympathy for the successful Norwegian Prime Minister, just Yesterday (Comp. Supra), makes think ...  After all, could f.ex. Baden-Wurttemberg's River Trout Jump so High as Norwegian Fiords' Salmon ?

Such an Hypothesis could also Ensure Schäuble that he may remain at the Ministry of Finances (Comp. Supra), if he wishes, (where he has already proved an Important Capacity, inter alia, by Succeeding to make Germany have ... Zero Debts, for the First Time since the Era of 1960ies !).
 
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Inter alia, also the very Long and never-ending Queue of People patiently waiting to briefly Greet him, at the Conclusion of Today's exceptional event, reminded anew his Popularity...
 
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At any case, manifold Recent Developments, clearly confirm that, in the Aftermath of these 2017 Election, Frontrunner Merkel wil have, in fact, much More and Various Possibilities to choose, than what she used to have in the Past..., (Comp.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/germanregionalelections.html ).

That Choice should be Careful, but also Bold and the Best possible, as "the Next few Years", are also expected to be those during which Both  Merkel, Juncker and Schâuble will "Enter in History" for Europe.
 
 
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CoE Commissioner Mujnieks+IPCAN Head Toubon to EF: Terror Suspects+Victims' Rights v. Police

Written by ACM
Friday, 15 September 2017
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- In fact, it's on their main Duty to Protect Humanity against Barbarism, that conscientious Policemen have to Focus, Both when they must be Tough, Fast, Bold and Smart in order to Save Innocent People and the Society from Islamist a.o. Deadly Terrorist Attacks, and when they must Take Care to Avoid or Rectify on time eventual Abuses of the Powers that Society entrusts to them, agreed the Experienced Head of the IPCAN European Network of Human Rights Watchdogs on Police Activities, former Minister and currently Ombudsman in France, Jacques Toubon, speaking to "Eurofora" at the Conclusion of a Press Conference on a 2 Days Long PanEuropean Colloquy co-organized with the CoE on the Respect of Citizens'" Rights and Freedoms in the Context of Strengthening the Fight against Terrorism".

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This rare event, including Police Watchdogs from several European States, Human Rights' Defenders (including from the EU and CoE, etc) and experienced Police Oficers, took place right in front of the ECHR's Building in Strasbourg, but also the Same Day that a New Terrorist Attack stroke earlier this Morning at London's Subway, making about 30 Wounded Victims, closely Followed also by 2 Knife and Hammer Islamist Terrorist Attacks in France against Police or Civilian Women in France.


Toubon, as well as COE's Commissioner on Human Rights, Nils Muiznieks, together with British and Danish Representatives of that unique "Independent Police Complaints Authorities' Network" (IPCAN), Replied earlier, During that main Press Conference at the CoE to a series of Topical "Eurofora"s Questions, Starting by one on the obvious, Today, need to Balance Both Terrorism Suspects', and Terrorism Victims' Human Rights adequately, in an "Increased Tension", nowadays, that CoE's Conference had earlier noted, between a Need to Protect, but also to Respect People, wondering how, concretely, a desired Extension of Independent Ovesight Authorities could practicaly help to Tackle this issue in the forseable Future :


(Recently, indeed, some Islamist Terror's Victims' Families had reportedly Criticized what they found as Lack of elementary Protection, f.ex. vis a vis ISIL's Deadly Attacks in Paris, at "Bataclan", on 2015, followed also by those at Nice, on 2016, etc. as well as in other similar incidents in Europe, as "Eurofora" reminded, citting also Articles 1, 2, 3 and 13 of the PanEuropean Convention of Human Rights, etc).


- Indeed, a Citizens' "Right to Safety", is something recognized "since Long", (f.ex. even since the French Revolution's Declaration of Rights, already as early as "since 1789"), and, "therefore, ECHR", in fact, Nowadays, "tries to strike a Balance between what is Necessary for that Legitimate Right to Security, and the Guarantees of the Fundamental Freedoms for all", as a matter of principle, President Toubon replied.


 - "It's in this Framework, that we speak about the Rights of the Victims, f.ex. of the recent Terrorist Attacks, on which we have recently worked", Toubon, who is also France's Ombudsman or, alias, "Defender of Rights", added in his Reply to that 1st "Eurofora"s Question.


 - "As far as it concerns, now, Police's Behavior, according to IPCAN's official Declaration, adopted Today in Strasbourg, those People who might Feel to have Suffered from ill-treatment by the Police, must be able to easily Present their Complaints, in order to be Examined by an Independent Authority", he stressed.


   - "In addition, naturaly, to the fact that Courts are always available for eventual Criminal Sanctions", in both cases.


    + "Human Rights are, obviously, for Everybody, withOut Distinguising between Victims and Perpetrators, Guilty or Innocent", etc., in cases of Terrorism, and People's "fundamental Right to get Protection is a Fundamental Issue, also for all Society", went on to Add, in Reply to "Eurofora"s above-mentioned Question, also Brittish deputy Chairwoman of UK's Independen Police Complaint Commission (IPCC), Sarah Green.


  - As far as "the Independent oversight of Police's Actions" is concerned, including States' Duty to found "Really Independent" Bodies, this still is, "an On-Going Challenge", Mrs Green went on to say. It's also "Important, in terms of Public Confidence", that "every day, we can prove, that any Investigation that we make, has an Added Value", she advised.


  => F.ex., Replying also to anOther, Specific "Eurofora" Question, on the Notorious Tragic case of an Innocent Brazilian Student, Jean-Charles Menedez (da Silva), a White Christian curiously, Erroneously Confused with an Arab Muslim Islamist Terror Suspect of Suicide-Bomb Attacks, and Brutally Shot and Killed by some London Policemen, Back on 2005, (i.e. just After the First Terror Bombings in London's Subway and in a Bus, which had just Killed or Wounded Many other Civilian People), Green found, in substance, that IPCC's Critical Investigations on that Blunder, even if they concerned an "Old Case", still were, indeed, "Worth Reflecting" on how to act in Recent Cases.


    - Even if the situation might have become "Completely Different" nowadays, f.ex. during "the Recent Terror Attacks", we have found that it's better to "Work Closely" with the Police, "while Respecting our Boundaries", and that Tragic Affair had Helped to do a useful "Learning", she concluded.


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    - Danish Director of the "Independant Police Complaints Authority" (IPCA) at Copenhagen, Kyrsten Dyrman, replying also to "Eurofora"'s Questions, stressed, in particular, that, one among the Main Conclusions of an "Evaluation" that we made, was that, "for the Danish People", the "Independance" of a Police Oversigt Body, as ours, was something "very Important".


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    + Returning back to "Eurofora"s Initial Question "about the Victims of Terrorism", CoE's PanEuropean Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muiznieks, replied that, at least, "Human Rights can Help them Not to become Doubly Victimized" :


    - F.ex., at the South-East of Turkey, Ankara's Authorities had so much "Over-Reacted" to some Terrorist Attacks, that they had Destroyed a lot of Vilages, and Violently "Displaced many Hundrends of Thousands of People !", CoE's Commissioner Denounced.


    - But, "according to a Human Rights approach, any Reaction has to be Strictly Proportional to what is really Needed", Muiznieks reminded, as a matter of Principle.


     - Therefore, Human Rights can Help also Victims of Terrorism, Not to be "Dually Victimized", he concluded.


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    IPCAN's next Bi-Annual Conference is due to take place on 2019 in the UK, announced, in fine of Today's Press Conference, President Toubon.
    And it's due to Focus on the Need to Build "Trust" between the Police and some Communities, he added.


    I.e. an issue on which, at least as far as it concerns the recent Deadly Islamist Terrorist Attacks targetting innocent Civilian Peopla are concerned, the above-mentioned Opposition between "Humanity and Barbarism" (Comp. Supra), could certainly he Helpful, Toubon agreed with "Eurofora".

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Pierre Pflimlin's visionary line : Honouring the Memory of the man who wanted to build Europe on the Mountains, based on Spirit !

 

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One of EuroFora's best inspirators is naturally Pierre Pflimlin :

We had a chance to personally meet the dynamic and experienced former President of both EU Parliament and CoE's Assembly, France's Prime Minister and Strasbourg's Mayor, only at his 90th anniversary, during an Historic speech at the Council of Europe, exceptionally full of people.

But his energetic figure looked more like a youngster of 19 years old, eager to win the Olympic games !..

Visionary, 2P was, from many points of view :

His daughter, Antoinette, Artist-decorator, and Senator Jung, President of a group of friends, confirmed us an Historian's revelation, that Pflimlin had initially the idea to build all European institutions (EU Parliament, Council of Europe, European Court of Human Rights, etc) at the spectacular heights of Oberhausbergen hills, with an eye-catching view of both French Vosges and German Black Forest Mountains, in the midst of a Forest : A real vision to create a brand New European Headquarters with a big ambition !

But, it seems, that "someone in Brussels" found that picture, precisely, too big for his taste, and threw a spanner on the works...

Pflimlin stroke back a Decade ago, at his Historic 1997 farewell speech :

He urged Europeans to find another, more substantial way, to lift Europe to more important Heights in Future :

- "On which basis can we imagine the birth of a great Europe ?", he asked.

"Certainly an Economic basis ! A solid market economy, meeting also the needs of social justice. A Political basis : Europe must become a strong Political Power, able to influence World's changes, naturally for Peace."

"But I believe that the essential foundation of a greater Europe should be of Spiritual nature : .... The great pacific Revolutions were Spiritual Victories" : They expressed "People's main motivation to live in a society with our Values of Liberty, Democracy, respect for Human Dignity".

"Then, the roadmap is ready : Yes, the foundation of the unity for a large Europe is the spiritual heritage, inspired by Christian Humanism and the Humanism of Renaissance, of Enlightenment, from which emerged a Civilisation focused on the Human person".

"Here is the task to be accomplished. It's very difficult".

"The Time approaches when I'll have to pass over the torchlight. God willing, this torch should enlighten the path of those who are going to build, tomorrow, the great Europe, marked by this Spirit".

 

(Extract from the Book "Pierre Pfilmin : Alsacian and European", 2007. Texts by Senator Louis Jung, by the long-time f. Director of Strasbourg's Newspaper DNA, Alain Howiller, and by f. EU Parliament's Press Director, Paul Collowald : See dedications, hand-written by the authors, the day the book for Pflimlin's 100th Aniversary was launched at Strasbourg's Press Club and European Parliamentary Association's headquarters, 13 April 2007).

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