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Yes, we could have prevented Ferguson riots says World Democracy Forum's Young American NGO to ERFRA

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 04 November 2014
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Could a simple NGO for Teenagers have prevented the most serious, Deadly and Violent Social Crisis that America and the whole World witnessed recently, astonished and/or frightened, at USA's Ferguson in Missouri, which obliged USPresident Obama to exceptionaly order the National Guard to intervene in order to try to impose Order under Martial Law, among a local population apparently gone amoc and Policemen outpassed, while CNN gave the shivers to a Worldwide Public by adding the picture of demonstrators holding a panel with the words  : - "ISIS here !", an obvious reference to the Horrible BeHeaders of Islamic Extremist Terrorists of ISIS in Syria and Iraq who have recently terrified and revolted many Millions of People accross the World by their Brutal, Deadly Violence against defenseless persons, including Women, Elders, Children, etc., serving some exceptionally retrograde and Oppressive policies also against Religious, Ethnic and other Minorities ?

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A Young American woman, Noelle Cormier, from the USA NGO "Generation Citizens", presenting its project to "EuroFora" during the Poster Session of the 2014 "World Forum for Democracy", at the prestigious ante-chamber of the PanEuropean CoE's Committee of Ministers, appeared convinced and adamant :

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 - "Yes, we could !", she firmly claimed, after being initially surprised by our Topical Question on Ferguson, trying to overcome the first impressions inevitably left by her Too Young age and profile, suddenly adopting, instead a quasi-Professional style of an experienced expert, who would already know what it really means to work at some socialy "difficult", impoverished and/or neglected Suburbs, both in Europe and in the US or elsewhere in the World, and be actively present on the spot..


- Our main aim is to teach People about their Rights, as Citizens, and to Help them get involved and interact Collectively inside Local Communities in order to find Solutions to their most accute problems, and this, indeed, could have served also to prevent Crisis as that that we all saw at Ferguson, the "Generation Citizen"'s (US) representative replied, in substance, to "EuroFora" in this regard.


- For that purpose, our work, (which is addressed mainly to Teenagers between 14 and 18 years old), should have already developed in areas of Neighbourhoods where it's deemed necessary, so that it would have enough Time in order to be efficient, she added.


+ And to "EuroFora"s natural, subsequent Question on  - "How ?", her NGO might have succeeded to prevent Crisis as that which was recently seen at Ferguson, Cormier didn't shy out in her reply :  - F.ex. we would have Spoken with the Young People of the are about their Problems, and, among others, we would have Helped them to approach, get in touch and have a peaceful "Dialogue with the Law Enforcement Services", as well as for collective demarches inside that Community and vis a vis the Local Authorities for the solution of their "hottest" problems, as she said.


+ + Asked to tell : - "For How Long ?", i.e. "some Weeks, Months, or may be Years ?", the "Generation Citizen"'s representative, suddenly, took a serious, deep look, and surprised by her sharp reply :


- "Permanently !", the Young Lady stressed, looking right in front of the eyes, in a more serious and convinced way than initially expected...


=> It's true, that COE's Strasbourg-based Annual "World Forum for Democracy", after a previous year focused on "New Technologies"' potential, now added also a "Young People" factor, while its "Innovation" Prize (Comp. relevant NewsReport, herewith), persisted to look at a possible New Future, which, taken all together, naturally lead to an inevitable mixture full of Ambition and big Horizons !

After all, why not, particularly when one is still frresh and young, just after having heard even the inspiring, World-Famous Futurologist Jeremy Rifkin, launch certain vibrant calls for the incoming, new Generation to dare face and solve some among the greatest Issues in the History of Mankind ?... (See relevant NewsReport, hereby).

(../..)

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    The recent paradox of freezing EU Talks with front-runner Croatia, while continuing controversial EU - Turkey talks, despite Zagreb's acceptance of Refugees' Human Rights to return, that Ankara refuses fex. in Cyprus, while both have "Good Neighborhood" problems vis a vis Slovenia, or Greece, Cyprus and Armenia respectively, can it be justified by the non-fullfilment of EU criteria, as Slovenia says, or, is it "Double Standards" ?    

The question became unavoidable after statements by Presidents of Slovenia and Croatia, Tuerk and Mesic, respectively, to "EuroFora", exclusively or among Strasbourg's journalists this week at the CoE, on the sidelines of its 2009 Summer University for Political Schools, which topically brought them together as successive key-note speakers.


    Comming only a few Months before EU checks Turkey's compliance to its commitments on Cyprus, etc., scheduled for December 2009, this obviously has a special importance for the coherence of EU Enlargement's principles.

     Suspension of EU Negotiations is a normal consequence in case of a Candidate Country's failure to fullfil EU Conditions, such as "Good Neighborhood relations", stressed at first Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk, current CoE's chair.

    But, regarding EU's Criteria,  there shouldn't be any "Double Standards",  reacted Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, commenting the fact that Turkey's controversial EU negotiations continue, while they were recently "freezed" in the case of Croatia, an "unquestionably European Country", which oficially accepts to respect Refugees Human Rights, contrary to Ankara's notorious refusals or reluctance.                                       

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - "EU itself has set as a Criterium (for EU Enlargement) the "Good Neighborhood relations",  and their absence justifies the "Suspension" EU Negotiations, (f.ex. with Croatia), because of a Border dispute affecting the territorial integrity of an EU Member Country, stressed Slovenian President, Danilo Tuerk, CoE's Chairman in office (May - November 2009), speaking to Journalists in Strasbourg including "EuroFora".    

Questioned earlier what "consequences on EU's Enlargement policy" can have the "Ban on EU Membership Negotiations", imposed to Croatia, Tuerk replied that "this question comes down to the fulfillement of (EU) Criteria for membership. One has to look at each Candidate Country ., from the point of view whether it fullfils the Criteria that EU has set. One of them are Good Neighborhood Relations, I'd like to remind. And also, there are other factors, such as Justice, Home affairs, Rule of Law, and others".


    - "Now, ..Candidate Countries are at Different Levels of fulfillement of Criteria", he observed.

    - " Croatia is obviously the closest to that. I'm rather optimistic : I think that in the coming Months we'll have an opportunity to look at all these issues constructively and hopefully we'll be able to make progress". "My main concern, at this point, is the situation in Bosnia : We haven't seen enough progres domesticaly. We haven't seen enough during ..political parties within their country.We need a New Energy, a new energetic move towards the Candidature for EU membership. "Other (Western Balkan) Countries (Serbia, Montenegro, FYROM, Albania) have been making soaring Progress, and I think that they should be ready, in a few Years, for the Candidate status".

    - "As far as the Western Balkans are concerned, .. nobody should be left outside" the EU, Slovenian's President concluded, ommitting to mention Turkey's controversial EU bid.

    - "This process may be seen as Slow, but..  Slovenia has also has also been exposed to various "Booms of Slowness" in our accession period. But now we can say that the process was relatively quick, because changes which occur after becoming EU member, are quite large, and they require proper Preparations before the (EU) membership becomes a new factor, an impacting line for a new (EU) member country".
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Slovenian statements made some participants from certain 3rd Countries as FYROM, etc. claim that "the Principle of EU Solidarity" would "produce a.. rising European Union Nationalism (sic !), against Non-EU Countries", as they said, asking unhappy foreign countries to form a "bloc" to exert pressure on the EU...    

But Croatian President Stjepan Mesic dismissed that, supporting "EU Integration", "after the Economy also in Political" issues, as "the achievement" of our times. In EU there is "diversity, but it's United", he stressed, "EU has to be United so that it can become a central factor of Peace" also at the surrounding areas, he replied.

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Speaking later exclusively to "EuroFora", the experienced twice President of Croatia, former President of the International "Non-Aligned" movement, denounced "Double Standards" in the way EU treats recently Croatia compared to Turkey :   

 - "I think that there shouldn't be Double Standards", stressed the Croatian President, in reply to a Question comparing the freeze of EU - Croatia talks, with the continuation of EU - Turkey talks, despite the fact that Croatia is an "unquestionably European country", while Turkey's EU bid is notoriously controversial.


    Mesic was reacting to the observation that, even if he confirmed his "respect of Refugees' Human Rights to return, etc. (See infra), nevertheless, EU talks are suspended with Croatia.. While for oher, controversial candidates, who refuse to respect Refugees' Rights to return, etc., as fex. Turkey does in occupied Cyprus and elsewhere, EU negotiations continue".

    - "I believe that Croatia's accession will confirm that all European Countries who fulfill all of the Conditions and achieve European Standards, have to join the EU. There shouldn't be any Double Standards", went on to add in reply President Mesic.

    In this relation, Croatia's President found "of paramount importance", CoE's "mechanisms enforcing ECHR's judgements"
    
    - "On Refugees and Displaced persons, the process will be completed only after the last person demanding to return will be allowed to do so !", President Mesic Croatia stressed earlier, setting a general standard of obvious importance also for otherr candidates, as f.ex. Turkey, often accused to exclude or heavily restrict Greek Cypriot Displaced persons' return to their Family Homes and ancestral land, provoke difficulties to Turkish-Kurd IDPs return to their home regions at the South-East, etc.

    Some "2.000 People are still reported Missing" in former Yugoslavia, for some Years, (as in Cyprus, modern Europe's oldest case, for 3 Decades. Nagorno-Karabach, Tcecnya in Russia, etc, more recently), and Investigations "will only be completed after establishing the fate of the last one of them", he added.
    
    Speaking earlier on "War Crimes", President Mesic stressed that "Leaders are responsible for (the) Wars (of the Past), not the People", and called against Impunity :  "Individuals have to be held Responsible for Crimes. International Penal Tribunals have to persecute those individuals", perpetrators of War Crimes, he underlined.

    Such statements naturally made Mesic rather popular at ECHR, whose President, French EuroJudge, Professor Jean-Paul Costa, looked particularly smiling when he welcomed him later on Wednesday afternoon, after Slovenian President Daniko Tuerk earlier this week.
           

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