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France: All Leaders of Right Change hit by Judges named by Socialist Outgoing Rulers at Vote's eve

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 07 February 2017



*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- All French main Leaders able to present a serious Alternative at the Right side of the Political Spectrum in the forthcoming, Crucial Elections of April/May 2017, have been seriously hit nowadays by synchronous personal accusations of wrongdoings launched, all out of  a sudden, by various kinds of "Judges" appointed by Out-Going Socialist rulers, both inside France and in EU Parliament, while, on the Contrary, Nobody Else, from the Center and/or the Left is currently eyed by anything similar, despite 5 recent Years spend in all Governing posts (2012-2017).

Nobody explained the Surprizing Fact that both the Front-Runner Presidential Candidate, Francois Fillon, (who recently became Leader of the mainstream Center-Right Party of "the Republicans" : See, f.ex. ...), as well as Rightist Leader Marine Le Pen, (Head of the "National Front" and co-ChairWoman of EU Parliament's "Nations and Freedom" Group of MEPs, credited with the Highest score by all Polls, but isolated and losing in the 2nd Round), and even, now, former President Nicolas Sarkozy, (who created Both the Winning "UMP" Party that had brillantly snaped the 2007 Elections, and the New "Republicans"' Party, at the Head of which he had been re-Elected on 2015-2016), have suddenly been all hit by negative allegations and targetted by various personal Sanctions, after all these Years without so serious problems in these regards, but right Now : just 2 Months' Time before the Crucial April 2017 popular Vote...

But many criticaly noticed, however, also the Fact that, in Addition to Fillon's Judges being reportedly Appointed by former Socialist Minister Taubira, (author of a Controversial and UnPopular Law against Natural Family's and Childrens' BioEthics, which threw many Hundredrs of Thousands of French People repeatedly at the Strests, protesting for Years against the Imposal of "Same Sex Marriage" and even "Adoption" of Children by Homosexual couples, etc., facing unprecedented levels of Police Brutality, that even CoE's Resolutions officialy Condemned in Strasbourg), and/or being allegedly too close to out-going Socialist President Hollande, it's even during the tenure of Socialist former-Long Time President of EU Parliamet, Martin Schultz, that Marine Le Pen was investigated and condemned to pay back, retrospectively, all the Salaries of her private Office's Director, resulting in a quasi-total Cut to her own salary as MEP nowadays, while Sarkozy was send to a Court also by a controversial Judge, who was curiously Alone to Sign such a decision, Not Endorsed at all by the 2nd competent Judge, the experienced Van Ruymbeke, said to be more objective, (even if Not of the Right).

By anOther Timely Coincidence, almost at the Same Time, in North America, New US President, Don Trump, has notoriously seen one of his Landmark Measures, among the most important pre-Electoral Promisses, related to the Fight agains Islamist Terrorism, being Stuck, just because an unknown, unelected Provincial, 1st level Judge, at far away California (which has recently become a Socialist/Dems' stronghokld, with the sole exception of a Tiny, still resisting part of LA's suroundings), apparently arbitrarily chose to Block it, awaiting Higher Rulings from Appeal Judges and/or the US Federal Supreme Court, (where Obama has notoriously Appointed a lot of Judges of his preference, during the last 8 Years : 2009-2017).

Almost in parallel, Poland's embattled Prime Minister, Beata Szydlo, has explained to European Organisations, (as, f.ex. EU Parliament at his latest, January 2017 Plenary Session in Strasbourg, etc.), that while the Previous, Socialist Governments had practicaly apointed all 15 Constitutional Court's Judges in the Past, on the Contrary, her New Government, which has Won recently Both the Parliamentary and Presidential Elections, does not intend to appoint more than 5 such New Judges, leaving anOther 8 to be chosen by the already existing Majority in the country's Highest Court. Similar Issues had been raised also in the recent Past, vis a vis Hungary's popular Prime Minister, Victor Orban, (etc), who is also a Center-Right Politician, quite vocal and active at EU level and beyond, with close relations to Poland, particularly in the context of the "Visegrad" Group of EU Member Coutries, (Chech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, etc).

Another Key Point, Common to all those, recently Targetted EU Leaders is also the notorious Fact that they are almost all, in one way or another, more or less Favorable to the development of Good Relations between the EU and Russia, particulalry concernin the current Need to strongly Fight ISIL's Islamic Terrorism, including on searching Peace in Syria, etc.

 On the contrary, Neither among the Left and Center-Left's Top Politicians have been indisposed nowadys by any Judges' such interferences, be it Melanchon, Hamon or Macron, and including Center-leaning "Republican" politician, former Prime Minister Juppé, as well as various Other "Small" Candidates of the Right and/or the Left, at least until now.

Concerning Sarkozy, that controversial decision affecting him now (Comp. Supra and Infra), comes after 5 whole Years since he left power (2012-2017). For Fillon, controversial accusations (See Infra), concern alleged suspicions Dating even Longer, Back in the Past : from 1988 up to 2012, and/or between 2002-2007, with the sole Exception of only 1 year later on 2013. Only for Marine Le Pen, allegations apparently include a post 2014 period.

In substance, and a priori, almost Nothing among what some currently repproach to those 3 French Leaders of Right's alternatives, isn't moraly or ethicaly very serious, nor particularly grave : F.ex., No Abuse of Power, No Oppression of Human Rights, No Violation of Democratic Principles, No Harassment against any Citizens, No Embezlement, No Corruption, No Immoral relations, etc.

F.ex., in the case of Fillon, it's mainly about his Long-time Choice to Work Together with his Family, particularly his Wife, Penelope Fillon (of British origin), and Briefly also with his 2 Children, that he used to Employ himself among his own Assistants in order to Help him in his Duties as former Elected MP. I.e. Something that about 15% of all Other MPs or Senators also use to do in France. One can imagine what Scandal it would have been, if he had, on the Contrary, f.ex.,, Employed a Prostitute and/or a Blondy Lover, etc., or even if he had followed, mutatis-mutandis, the Bad Example of former Long-Time British "Labour" (Socialist) Prime Minister WIlson, who had notoriously Appointed his Personal Secretary to the prestigious ..."House of Lords", making of her a Noble lavishly subsidized by Public Funds during all her Live, and afterwards Adding even his private Car Driver !

For Sarkozy, it's simply about his alleged Wish to meet and speak with the People, in Transparent, Public Meetings, as often as possible, during the Most Crucial Moment of the 2012 Presidential Election. Some indelicate Staffers in his Party (whose Direction he had been Obliged to Leave to Others, during his Presidential Duties and well beyond : 2007-2014) are accused to have Hidden the exact Amount of Money that they Spend for that Electoral Campaign, under a system of Artificial Bill-Notes, (f.ex. the Cost of a Meeting Room Location would be presented as an unrelated Service, i.e. on protecting Computers from Hacking, etc). But not even that Controversial, Lone Judge who seeks to send him now to Court, does Not Claim that Sarkozy might have been involved in that, Neither that he might have been an accomplice, Not even that he really and clearly New about that : He simply Supposes that it wouldn't seem "credible" (to him) that Sarkozy might have, indeed, Delegated and EnTrusted so many Responsibilities for that (2012) Campaign to Other People, who held Important Jobs inside the Party, (as an Extract from Official Documents, published by "Le Monde", Socialist-leaning Newspaper, reveals).

And "Eurofora", after closely Following both the 2007 and the 2012 Electoral Presidential Campaigns, (in addition also to the 2009 EU Parliament Election campaign, etc), is well placed in order to Attest that Sarkozy obviously was much more personaly involved on 2007, than on 2012, Meeting also People on 2007, withOut Spending a lot of Money, but Keeping Closer and Directly connected to Politcians, Citizens, Journalists, etc, in order to Directly and Freely pass his Message, while, on the Contrary, on 2012, some Others had apparently Abused of his Trust, by Choosing to Spend a lot of Money, often even for Unecessary or Superfluous things, while also Cutting him Out of Direct Contacts with the People and/or Journalists, keeping him Behind "Luxury Walls" that Dangerously but systematicaly separated Sarkozy from his "Natural" element : the Direct Contacts and Exchanges with the People and Journalists, etc, (f.ex. in Modern, Equiped Press-Areas or even Special Press-Rooms full of Giant CCTV Screens, Food, etc, but located ...Far Away from Sarkozy, Unlike what had been the case Back on 2007, when he could simply emerge, at any moment, among the Journalists, working in a Simple Room very Near to the Forum where he Spoke, etc). To the point that, even when the Presidential Palace "Elysée" wished to Spread around to the People an "Open Letter" that Sarkozy had written for the 2nd Round of the 2012 Presidential Election, it was, Surprisingly, so Difficult to find it otherwise, than, by ...contacting Directly the Elysee itself ! As for the Substance of the Political Positions transmitted and debated with the People, for the 1st Time, any Experienced person had clearly the Impression that, Unlike what had happened back on 2007, on the Contrary, on 2012, it was No More Sarkozy himself who directly Determined and Shaped the main Political Choices by himself, but rather a quasi-Bureaucratic Mechanism full of various Apparartchick and other Intermediaries, many of whom often reacted according to their own views, instead of simply and faithfully reflecting those of the President...

In other words, to put it in a nutshell, the ambiant Impression really felt in practice was that, in fact, Sarkozy himself had been the 1st Victim of what might have been a kind of sly, silent but real Undermining of his 2012 Electoral Campaiogn by a Group of Intermediaries who Sabotaged his Chances ! Perhaps, it's also if and when he Felt also himself something like this going on behind his back, (while he personaly had also the Heavy Responsibility of running the State, particularly at a moment that even the Islamist Terrorism had already Started top Murder Civilians, with the "Merah" affair, etc), that Sarkozy tried, then, desperately, to Directly Reach out himself to the People, by asking for 1 Public Meeting each Day, (as that Judge pointed out).

On the Contrary, his main Competitor then, the currently Out-going Socialist President Hollande, who had also, reportedly, reached the Legal Limit of "regular" Electoral Spending, suddenly, suspended a public meeting, but went on to visit "privately"  Nevers' province, pretexting of the Anniversary of the Death, in the Past, of a Socialist former Prime Minister (Beregovoy), there where, by a Coincidence, at the Same Moment, Turkish Buisinessmen reportedly searched, then, to Invest their Money into Buying an ailing French Factory linked to a Modern Technology invented in Europe, Returning back to Paris for an Unexpectedly Big Public Meeting at the "Chateau des Vinceness", surprisingly, withOut, finaly, being accused to have bypassed the Limits of Regular Public Funding for his own Campaign, (unlike of what many had prognosticated before that).

So that it would seem at least Moraly Schocking to attempt to Punish Today the No 1 "Victim" of what an unscrupulous Group might have done wrong, to the Detriment of Sarkozy himself, i.e. by slyly Undermining his 2012 Electoral Campaign, (Comp. Supra)...


As for Marine Le Pen, EU Officials reportedly accuse her to have simply used, a more or less important part of the activities of her private Office's Head, (i.e., officialy her "Assistant" in EU Parliament), much More for her well known Duties as also Leader of the "National Front" Party in France, than for her Specific Duties as EU Parliament's MEP : Obviously, a quite Delicate technical Distinction to make in Everyday real Practice, particularly for Politicians who have Both National and European responsibilities.

At any case, by sharply Cutting a lot of her own, normaly available resources, precisely at the Last Minute of that "Hot" French Presidential Election of April 2017, such a Measure, (prepared mainly under the recently gone, Long-time former EU Parliament President Martin Schulz, who notoriously went Back to Germany to challenge as a Socialist Candidate the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Candidate to the September 2017 National Elections, Chancellor Angie Merkel), such a Move inevitably Hampers, more or less, also her practical ability to really cope also with her Parallel, but Inevitably criss-crossing Political activities in France and in EU levels, almost at the same time.

On the Contrary, however, one among her Competitors in the forthcoming, French Presidential Elections, the Leader of the Left, MEP Melanchon, continues to regularly receive his full normal Salary at EU Parliament, and to naturaly benefit from all his Assistants accredited there, apparently withOut any problem at all...


Obviously, however, the Biggest Political Upheaval was provoked recently, by that Sudden series of Accusations against Fillon, (Comp. Supra), who was Widely considered, until now, as almost Ensured to have All Chances to Win the 2017 French Presidential Elecction, after he Succeeded to arrive at the 1st Place, in the Center-Right's "Primaries", back on 2016, (See, f.ex. : ... + ...), since Marine Le Pen would be probably Isolated at the 2nd Round, while the Socialists didn't seem to have any really Dangerous Candidate, able to face the Republicans at the 1st Round, as most Polls used to show.

On the Contrary, AFTER the recent Accusations, by Judicial sources' Leakages, Press Reports, etc., suddenly, Fillon's chances apparently diminished, (while Remaining, nevertheless, still Important), to the Benefit mainly of former Socialist Minister of Finance, Emmanuel Macron, (a Center-Left new politician, ambitious to take his 1st chance to face an Election, by Starting from an Atempt to snatch the Top Job).

>>> Therefore, it's Important to clearly know whether, all these Sudden Accusations might be True, or not, Justified or Unjust, regularly or irregularly launched, (etc), the Soonest possible Before a long awaited, Democratic Public Debate on the main Positions of each one among the main Candidates, on the most Important Issues affecting Today People's Lives. Ortherwise, Democracy risks to be obviously Hurt, in a Country particularly Important for Europe and the World, as France, (an UN SC Permanent Member, and Part of the Franco-German "Core" of the EU), as well as People's Right to participate in Free and Fair Electoral public Debates and Votes for a well inormed Choice of the Candidates that they prefer, would face a Danger of Biais.

Concerning at least the Main Facts, at first, the Amounts of Money reportedly received mainly by Fillon's Wife (and, for a much Smaller Part, by his 2 Children) while Employed by him as "Parliamentary Assistants", apparently, don't really seem exagerated, but rather quite of an Average Level, Compared to Other Cases, at least for the Longest Period of Time, (i.e. that of 1988-2007, etc). It seems that, Afterwards, i.e. when Fillon, becaming Prime Minister, gave his Constituency to anOther MP, instead of roughly the Half, as it was the case Before, his Wife would have started to receive almost the Full Amount of Money legaly allocated by the French Parliament to each MP for the payment of his/her Assistants or Assistant. But that would have durated during a comparatively Shorter period of Time, and, at any case, it seems that, according to the French Laws, it's the Right of every MP to dispose as he/she wishes of the Funds destinated for his Assistance. F.ex., Fillon and/or his Successor apparently could even have Kept all those Funds for themselves, using them as they found best in relation with their MP duties, without even paying any Assistant at all, or Sharing it between several Aqssistants, if not giving it all to just 1 Assistant, etc.

Last, but not least, it seems that Ordinary "Financial Prosecutors", (who depend mainly from the competent Governemental Ministries, would Not have legaly a Competence in order to Directly Interfere in the Worlk of Democraticaly Elected MPs, (who shoud, Normaly, be Monitored only by the Parliament's Highest Authorities themselves, also because of the Basic Constitutional Principle of the "Separation of Powers"). I.e., by anOther Timely "Coincidence", something almost Similar to one among the Legal and Political Arguments reportedly used, Nowadays, also by the New US President Don Trump, against some Local Judges' attempts to Block his main Decisions on National Security issues for the Prevention of more Islamist Terrorist Attacks, as those who have Recently Targetted and Killed a lot of Innocent, Civilian People, both in Europe and inside the US itself, (Comp. Supra)...

It might, however, be true that, eventualy, the Level of a Salary received Later-on, in 2013+, by a Private Magazine ("Review of 2 Worlds"), where Fillon's Wife had found anOther Job, as a Litterature Expert, thanks also to one of the Owners, before being apparently Obliged to Resign, after a Conflict with the Chief Editor, could seem to be somewhat Bigger than normaly expected, at least according to some Medias. But, at any case, it's also a Fact that she didn't stay there but Only for the Short Time of just One (1) Year, so that this can't be considered as so important as some  had claimed, (particulary, in comparison with the Huge Political Stakes for all People and Europe in the forthcoming April 2017 French Presidential Election, which, apparently shouldn't face a Big Upheaval, only for so little)...

Thus, the main Focus of Fillon's Critics pointed at Claims accusing his Wife about so-called "Fake Work", i.e. allegations that Salaries would have been Paid, all these Years, (practicaly from 1988 up to 2013+ : Comp. Supra), withOut any kind of useful relevant Work having ever been provided by her at all : An apparently quite Exagerated and Risky Claim, quite Difficult, moreover, to unquestionably Prove in real Practice, particularly given the Nature of everyday Family relations in such matters, (f.ex. SMEs, MPs, Shopkeepers, Craftsmen, Journalists, Writers, Artists, and other Independent Workers, etc).

From what is known on public, Penelope Fillon managed to present a notable Number of Texts she had Drafted (and some of them Published, even with that Hostile Chief Editor : Comp. Supra) while Employed by the above-mentioned Private Media for 1 Year, (where she had also been reportedly Asked to give, in Addition, several "Strategic Analysis", orally). For the rest, Fillon's Family apparently Used to Work Together, his Wife Helping him in his Political Activities right from the Start, i.e. since 1988 (Comp. Supra), as many Married Couples notoriously do, particularly in such kind of cases, and/or Similar ones (Comp. the various concrete examples already cited above). Parliamentary Assistants who work at the Constituencies of MPs, do Not need to always have any Badge and/or Email also at the National Assembly's headquarters in Paris, as several Media observed. At any case, Each MP has the Right to use the Funds allocated by the Parliament for his Assistants as he thinks Best, and, it seems, that he/she can even Keep that Money, in all or in part, as many MPs actually do. Last, but not least, as we already Noted Above, ordinary Financial Prosecutors should Not, normaly, interfere so harshly in the activities of Democraticaly Elected MPs, who should be Monitored mainly by the Parliament's Authorities, because of the Respect due to the Bacic Constitutional Principle of the "Separation of Powers", between Parliamentarians and Government, described Historicaly by French Philosopher Montesquieu, and generaly Endorsed by Modern Democracies Worldwide, (Comp. Supra).

Some Critics have Argued that, at least Certain among those generaly accepted Legal points, should, normaly, be Abolished in the Future, and it's true that Fillon himself reportedly acknowledged that some points should be Rectified, as a matter of general principle for all involved.

Moreover, "Eurofora" does Not possess all the required Factual and Legal Elements, and does Not Intend to pursue in further Detail this matter, which is Not yet 100% Public, Neither clearly inside our main Scope of Journalistic Activities and Aims.

Given also the undeniable Fact thatn what is really at Stake in the forthcoming April 2017 Presidential Election is, both for France and Europe, by far, too Important to let it be, eventualy, jeopardised by any kind of hasty, last-minute attempt to slander political adversaries, and/or Bypass a normal Democratic Debate on the main Issues which affect People's Lives and Forge their Collective Future.


Particularly when there is also a recent Astonishing precedent of the Popular Mayor of Historic, Aix en Provence City, (UNESCO protected Cultural Heritage site), the 4 Times re-Elected in a row, Maryse Joissains-Masini, (another Center-Right politician from the "Republicans", atypical Daughter of a former Communist during the NAZI Invasion and Occupation at World War 2), Famous for having strongly supported, as a Lawyer of Victims of Fatal Medical Errors, the "Principle of Precaution" in BioEthics, who, shortly after Daring Contest the Legitimacy of the 2012 Election of Socialist President Hollande (who Decided now Not to Participate in the 2017 Election), suddenly Faced, just for Promoting a Municipal Agent reportedly Harassed in the Past by a former Socialist Municipality, and Hiring a Defender of Animals in her private Office, even an ..Arrest, as if she was a Criminal, with Accusations by a local Prosecutor for allegedly ...Abusing of an Illegal Interest and/or Stealing Public Funds (sic !) in his view... 




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


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People in Europe and the World expect from CoE to make a succes of its "Monitoring" for Human Rights and Democracy, despite difficulties, said Finland's President Tarja Halonen to "EuroFora" at a crucial moment for the mecanism built 15 years ago by the paneuropean organization which celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2009.

Halonen, known as "Mother" of CoE's "Monitoring" mecanism, a long-time MEP and former Foreign Minister before becoming Finland's President, holds a long experience in the mattter, after also serving twice as CoE and EU Chairwoman in the past. That's why she is well placed to judge how CoE's "monitoring" should deal today with some crucial issues of importance both to CoE and to the EU.

The move came just a Month before a crucial, last visit to Turkey, scheduled for June, by the President of CoE''s "Monitoring" Committee, Ukranian MEP Serge Holovaty, to finalize his Report on Ankara, the CoE Member State with the longest Monitoring procedure. From its results depends its overall credibility.

This is a Test-case, because, in fact, it's in order to avoid Sanctions threatened against Turkey by a CoE's Assembly's April 1995 Resolution for grave Human Rights violations, Democracy gaps, the continuing Military Occupation in Cyprus, the unresolved Kurdish problem, Aegean differend with Greece, etc., that MEPs decided to create, for the 1st time on April 1996, a "Monitoring" proces, allegedly destinated to check, without excluding Countries who did not fulfill all CoE's standards.

In the Past, the obliged withdrawal of Greece's Military regime and of its "Civil" cover-up out of the CoE had helped bring back Democracy in 1974. But, on the contrary, since April 1996, the idea was to "monitor" Human Rights' respect while keeping most concerned Countries inside the CoE. After Turkey's oldest example, this was extended also to several former "Eastern" European Countries, even if CoE's Assembly has imposed to some of them (fex. Ukraine, Russia, etc., after Belarus, Serbia, etc) various "Sanctions", that Ankara always avoided. Curiously more succesful even than .. USA itself, (a CoE "Observer" since 1995), which has been at least threatened with sanctions some years ago..

EU-effects of CoE's Monitoring process became obvious between 2001-2008, since the "closure" of this procedure, when CoE felt that a Country had met most of its Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law obligations, (i.e. the "Copenhagen Criteria" for the EU), helped trigger Negotiations with the EU for "Accession" or other closer relations : This occured already before the 2004 and 2007 EU Enlargements to former "Eastern" European Countries, as well as for the commencement of "accession" negotiations with Croatia, and of "open-ended" negotiations with Turkey in 2005.

    But a stricking new development are Holovaty's recent findings that on core Human Rights issues as Torture and Freedom of Expression, Turkey, even "5 Years after" CoE closed its "Monitoring", back in 2004, inciting EU to start accession Negotiations in 2005, still presents grave problems.

    His findings are of crucial importance after a 2008 CoE Resolution called, "if need be", to "seriously consider the possibility of Re-Opening the Monitoring procedure for Turkey" : A move which might affect Ankara's controversial EU bid, since EU Accession Negotiations are based on the Hypothesis that the Candidate fullfils the "Copenhagen Criteria" (See above)..
    Holovaty expressed his will to check  "Matters still Outstanding" and  those that he "didn't have an opportunity to discuss" at an earlier visit this year, "in order to discuss the more complex issues in greater depth", at his forthcoming New Visit to Ankara, before the December 2009 EU Summit.  This is all based on the 2004 CoE Resolution which stresses that, CoE "will continue.. post-monitoring Dialogue with the Turkish authorities,...in addition to a 12-points list,..and on any Other Matter that might arise in connection with Turkey’s Obligations as a CoE member state".

    CoE's Resolution also asks  from Turkey "to secure the proper Implementation of Judgements, particularly in the Cyprus v. Turkey InterState case", of 2001, which concerns also the plight of many Hundreds of MISSING People. It adds Turkey's obligations to "execute" ECHR's Judgements in the Loizidou case,..and in particular adopt General Measures to avoid repetition or continuation of Violations found by the Court" to the detriment of Refugees.

    Nevertheless, Holovaty said to "EuroFora" that "MISSING" persons,"might be included" and cannot be excluded, but he has yet to examine the situation "to find out  which issues will be raised" to the Turkish Government.

    Therefore, "EuroFora" asked Halonen, as the Historic "Mother" of CoE's Monitoring mecanism, if she thought that, "whenever there are grave Human Rights Violations, as fex. "MISSING" persons, attested even by ECHR's judgements, they should be always checked by a Monitoring process. Or could they be forgotten ?"
     - "We (CoE) must be, at the same time, Fair, Realistic, but not in the mind that "now we have Forgotten", etc., replied to "EuroFora"'s question Halonen, speaking as a matter of general principle.

    - "When we think of those People that are suffering from the lack of Democracy, of Human Rights, and of the Rule of Law", "we should find a base on how to deal with the (Monitoring) system more rapidly"', she stressed.

    - "Sometimes it's very difficult to combine Transparency and Effectivenes together, particularly in this specific case", she went on to say. But, "I have not found a (CoE Member) Country who could be insensitive in this sens", Halonen answered concerning grave Human Rights violations attested by the ECHR.

    - "I have no ready-made answer. I have the expectations that you, in the CoE, will, step by step, find the different types of the monitoring systems."

    Also "because this is a part of the UN's Post-Conflict system, (fex. when it comes to Cyprus' MISSING persons), and it's a more Global system". So that, "If we make a succes in Europe, the others will follow", throughout the World.  "But they expect that we (Europe) are this opportunity, this Opportunity to make a Succes", Halonen concluded.

    In addition, she advised to extend CoE's Monitoring to all its 47 Member States, "because, as long as we hear that, all these monitoring systems are "OK for the neighbor, but not for me", "it's very difficult" to understand. Something which could make easier to Compare...

    Finnish MEP Jaako Laakso, former CoE Rapporteur on the Occupied Territories of Cyprus and one of the 5 Signatories of the Historic CoE's call to create the "MONITORING" mecanism since 1996, was more specific :  - "We (CoE Assembly) have to find a way for the issue of Cyprus' MISSING People to be better followed", he stressed, anouncing his intention to "speak to Mr. Holovaty" about that. "There might be also other ways", added Laakso.

    - The 2008 "Year had been a very Bad one for Turkey with regard to Human Rights in general, and Freedom of Expression in particular", denounced, meanwhile, Holovaty's preliminary Post-Monitoringh Draft Report by Holovaty, published by the CoE on April 2009.

    "Amnesty International believes that freedom of expression is not guaranteed given the various articles of the Criminal Code that restrict it. .. "For example, 1,300 Websites are said to have been closed down by the (Turkish) authorities in 2008" ! While "the new Turkish Criminal Code was used to bring a total of 1,072 proceedings between June 2005 and April 2008, and led to the conviction of 192 people", for expressing views. "Representatives of the Özgür Gündem newspaper, which specialises in Kurdish affairs, ..complained about Numerous Attacks on their Freedom of Expression ...as was everyone who advocated a settlement to the question by means other than the intervention of the army" "According to their figures, 19 Newspapers had been suspended 43 times between 4 August 2006 and 4 November 2008" !...

    Moreover, on 2008,  CoE's "Ministers adopted its 4rth Resolution on the execution of the judgments of the ECHR, ...and outstanding issues regarding 175 Judgements and decisions relating to Turkey delivered between 1996 and 2008...  concerning Deaths resulting from the excessive use of force by members of the Security forces, the failure to protect the right to life, the DIisappearance and/or death of individuals, Ill-Treatment and the Destruction of property". CoE's " Ministers urged the Turkish authorities ...to ensure that members of Security forces of all ranks can be prosecuted without administrative
authorisation" for "serious crimes". Holovaty reminded.

"Nonetheless", Holovaty heard anew of "Several cases of Violence committed last year (2008) by the (Turkish) security forces". Amnesty International speaks of Many Cases of ill-treatment and Torture in the prisons and by the police". "Including, fex."'the death of Engin Ceber, a young man of 29 who died on October 2008 as a result of the TORTURE allegedly inflicted on him by police officers, prison staff and members of the gendarmerie. He was part of a group of people arrested on September 2008 during a demonstration and Press Conference in Istanbul'. Proceedings against suspects are "on-going" in this case.

- " I therefore noted an Obvious Contradiction between the Government’s stated “zero tolerance” policy.... of Torture and other forms of ill-treatment, and the different testimonies given", denounced CoE's Rapporteur.  Turkish "authorities must make considerable efforts to guarantee that proper investigations are carried out into allegations of abuses by members of the security forces and that perpetrators are effectively punished" "In this respect, I have requested detailed Statistics on the number of Investigations, acquittals and convictions in cases involving allegations of abuse in order to show the positive impact of the measures taken to date", Holovaty said, repeating a permanently unsatisfied CoE's demand to Turkey since a Decade...

    - "The Political Crisis that shook the country in the spring of 2008 highlighted the Weaknesses of the (Turkish) Constitution", which comes from the Military regime of 1982, "and the Urgent Need of Reforms", stressed from the outset CoE's Rapporteur in 2009. In particular, "the ...Democratic functioning of state institutions, including the independence of the judicial system, are crucial", he observes.

    But, "the Electoral  system and the ways in which it is circumvented do not appear to give those elected complete Legitimacy, and tend to pervert the course of direct universal suffrage", denounces Holovaty, observing that, even 5 Years later, Turkey did not yet change the 10% nationwide Threshold for a party to take any seat, which is "far higher" than the "3%" maximum in Europe and already condemned as contrary to European Standards by the CoE.

    + Moreover, EU Parliament's 2009 Report on Turkey, drafted by Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijten and adopted in Strasbourg on March, expresses "Concern over the Failure of the (Turkish) Judiciary to prosecute cases of Torture and Ill-treatment, the Number of which is Growing". EU also "is concerned about continuing Hostility and Violence against Minorities" in Turkey. It also "calls on the Turkish Government to launch, as a matter of Priority, a Political Initiatve favouring a lasting Settlement of the Kurdish issue, (while "condemning violence.. and terrorist groups"). EU "regrets that No progress has been made on establishing full, systematic Civilian suprevisory functions over the (Turkish) Military".

    The final results of Holovaty's 2nd and last visit to Turkley will be known later this year, and, at any case, before EU's December 2009 Summit.


2009 EU Elections were won by Parties against Technocracy and Turkey's controversial EU bid, while the 1999-2004 Majority Abstention trend decelerated. What should be done in 2009-2014 ?


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