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Austrian EUPresidency JHA vMinister Edtstadler to EF on Frontex at EUBorders in Greece facing Turkey

Written by ACM
Thursday, 15 November 2018
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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- The current EU Presidency by Austria (July - December 2018) is "Aware" of the Issues raised on "Frontex"'s task to Protect EU's External Borders in Greece, facing Turkey, through which More than 1,5 Millions Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants have already entered into the EU from 2015/2016, said to "Eurofora" the Austrian JHA Secretary of State, Karolina Edtstadler, in Reply to a Topical Question about a Controversial recent method in Frontex's relations to Greek Authorities, apparently consisting into Systematically "Rescuing" all People brought by Turkish Smugglers near the Greek Islands of the Aegean Sea, and Transporting them to Safe Harbour in Greece, apparently even without Arresting anyone for all those illegal trespassings...


- In particular, "Eurofora" Questioned that Key Representative of the Austrian EU Presidency, about an Endless and Long Series of relevant Press Releases and Anouncements on such Frontex's activities, which are routinely limited into merely Receiving and Trasfering each Day inside the notoriously OverLoaded Greek Islands, Dozens or Hundreds of all those trespassing Europe's External Borders via Turkey.


Contrary to what had been, Initially, "Frontex"s Officers' First Reaction, in the Past, to even Fight against Armed Turkish Smugglers, wounding and arresting one after a reported Exchange of Fire, ...only to be Criticized and Accused of alleged "Abuse" by some  !... Since then, Nothing Similar was ever Reported, and everything seems to work in a Similar way to that of .... "TAXIS" (sic !), as the New Italian Governemental Coalition has notoriously Denounced for such systematic behavior Also by certain Controversial NGO's Ships circulating recently between the African Coast of the Mediterranean and Europe.


 - Edtstadler told "Eurofora" that she "Know(s)" about this kind of behavior and various Questions that it may raise.


- Often EU Services say that Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants should be brought into a kind of "Desembarcation Platforms", if possible at a Neighbouring Country, at the Exterior of the EU, in order to check their cases, she pointed out.


- However, at any case, the current EU President-in-office, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, has already, clearly stressed that "2015 must Not be Repeated !", in one way or another, as she reminded.


In this way, Minister Edtstadler pointed at that notoriously Controversial and UnPopular policy of systematic Entry into the EU of All those Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants who, Suddenly, started to comme in great Numbers through Turkey, from 2015/2016, without any serious control, (and even, according to Mainstream German Medias, citting a leaked EU Report in Brussels, ..."Chosen" by Turkey in order to Keep there Qualified and Peaceful Refugees, easy to Integrate, but Send to Europe heavily Islamized Groups, often Thugs and/or ordinary petty criminals, UnEducated and/or Sick People, Difficult or Impossible to Integrate in the Society, if not even Dangerous, (as, f.ex., it was proven in the November 2015 Mass Murders of innocent Civilian People in Paris' "Bataclan" and other Armed Attacks by ISIL's Terrorists, 2 of whom had, precisely, entered in the EU, practically even withOut Official Papers, Neither any real control, but with almost Identical Fake Names...).


+ Recently, at an Exceptionally "Hot" Debate in the Greek Parliament, the mainstream Opposition denounced mainly the systematic Procurements for Mass Asylum Seekers' Logistical needs, (Food, Shelter, Clothes, Transports, etc), via "Direct" Deals with Private Businesses, withOut any prior Competition Procedure, Contrary to what is normally done by Public Administrations, which reportedly resulted, inter alia, in several Over-Charging cases, Costing a lot of Money, and is also accused of Nepotism, often Bad Quality, alleged Corruption, etc., while also being under Investigation by EU's Anti-Fraud Services.

 

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++ Experienced former Minister, and currently Spokesman on Immigration, at Main Opposition Party of "New Democracy", Miltiades Varvitsiotes, who is also a mainstream MEP in CoE's Parliamentary Assembly in Strasbourg (PACE), Recently Elected as New Vice-President of PACE's Biggest Political Group, that of ChristianDemocrats/EPP, speaking earlier to "Eurofora", had initially Warned that it may soon become anew Necessary to Re-Start a "Push-Back" Policy for the Protection of EU's External Borders in the Aegean Sea from persisting Massive Smuggling through Turkey's Coasts. And he added, Later-on, that the EU should Investigate serious allegations already published by mainstream German a.o. Press, about the existence of a Confidential EU Report, leaked in Brussels, according to which, Turkish Officials would have "Chosen" which Migrants they allowed to be Massively Smuggled into the EU, or not, from 2015/2016 and on, allegedly Seeking to Exclude those who were more Qualified and/or of a Culture which could be Easily Integrated, but Sending, on the Contrary, to Europe mainly some heavily Islamized, often Extremists, UnEducated, Sick, and/or Trouble-Makers, or even Petty Thugs, already Condemned elsewhere for Ordinary Criminality, etc, (as also certain USA mainstream Newspaper Journalists had already personaly Witnessed on the spot, when visiting the Turkish Coasts on 2015)....


+++ In Addition, several alleged cases of Childrens' ill-treatment, sometimes even Rape, inside the Camps, were Strongly Denouced Nowadays, at Athens' Parliament and elsewhere, while also CoE's "Lanzarote" Convention Experts in Strasbourg for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation and/or Trafficking, had recently discussed with the Press here about rumours of "Predators" eventually Hidden among some Shady "Humanitarian NGOs", who might abuse of their Victims' Trust, (etc).


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Edtstadler, who is a former Judge from Salzburg in Austria, but known also in Strasbourg as former ECHR's Legal Expert, was in EU Parliament, this week, on a Busy Schedule : Including in order to represent the EU Council's Presidency by Austria at an important Plenary Debate on EU's "Financial Perspectives" for the period of 2021-2027 ; as well as in a Key Meeting with MEPs for EU's "Transparency Register", due to be adopted before the forthcoming European Elections of May 2019 ; while also Speaking, together with the "PanEuropean" Movement's International vice-President, Karl Habsburg-Lothringen, at a Gathering organized by the EPP, (etc).

 

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ECHR's President to "EuroFora" on Journalists Gongadze and Adali murders : Principles must apply to all States, without discrimination.


+ ECHR's Statistics on Freedom of Expression (See below).


 European Court of Human Rights' President, Jean-Paul Costa, questioned by "EuroFora" on Journalists' murders, as in Gongadze and Adali's cases etc., strongly stressed all CoE Member States' obligation to make efficient Investigations to find and punish those responsible, and underlined that ECHR's case-law's principles must apply to all without any discrimination.

His call was clearly supported by various Top MEPs who denounced a risk of "Double Standards" if some Journalists' murders are investigated, while others don't.

To avoid such risks, CoE's Parliamentary Assembly adopted a Resolution, on the occasion of Ukranian Journalist Gongadze's murder, "stressing", as a matter of general Principle, "the importance it attaches to the safety of Journalists and political activists, especially those linked to opposition groups, in ALL member states of the CoE". All "crimes against journalists and political activists must be investigated ... as a matter of priority, without political interference".

Costa was replying to "EuroFora"s question on the fact that, after CoE's Committee of Ministers, also CoE's Assembly had just adopted a Resolution on Gongadze murder case, based on an ECHR's judgement of 2005, asking a full Investigation from Ukraine, who has found and condemned  in 10 years of jail 2 executants, but not yet the instigators.

While nothing similar was yet done for dissident Turkish Cypriot Kutlu Adali's murder, with 5 bullets shot at his head out of his Family's home in the territories of Cyprus occupied by Ankara's army, despite another ECHR's judgement of the same year 2005, and despite Turkey's claim that nobody was found among those responsible for the murder, and that there was nothing more to do..

In order to be credible and efficient, CoE's mechanisms shouldn't find a way to at least ask for full investigations of all Journalists' murders anywhere they might be committed, without exceptions ?

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- "On the larger question that you raised, I'd like to say, since we are in a period of stock-taking on ECHR's 50 Years, that the Court's case-law developed certain concepts ....such as the Positive obligations of States, part of which are also the procedural obligations", started to reply ECHR's President.

 - "Whenever Journalists, Lawyers, Defenders of Human Rights, or even simple Citizens are murdered, the States are held responsible, not only if its their own security forces' agents who committed these murders, but also if they didn't make sufficiently substantial and efficient Investigations", he stressed.

- "I want to strongly underline that we (ECHR) have found in many cases numerous violations of Articles 2 and 3 against States, ....(about) murders or torture, ...because they didn't make enough Investigations in order to try to find and punish those responsible".

- "We (ECHR) do that vis-a-vis all 47 (CoE) Member States, without any discrimination".

"Naturally, the circumstances in each particular case may be differend, and we can't ommit to apply the rules of proof, or the rules of criminal procedure".

"But we try, by all means, to apply these principles of our case-law, to all States", he concluded.

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      Costa's call was strongly supported by several Top CoE MEPs, from various Political areas


- "To investigate the murder of one Journalist, and not of another, looks like Double Standards", denounced the President of EuroLeft Group in CoE's Assembly, Dutch MEP Tiny Cox.  

- "What is the reason ? Politics or specificity of a case ? Of course, if Cyprus and Turkey are involved, it's always a Political case"..

- "Murders of Journalists should always be fully investigated, because killing Journalists is not only killing persons, but also killing Free Press".  "We (CoE's Assembly) should do our outmost to help People who are working on Free Press and they are under threat or murdered".

Because for Free Politics, Free Press is a pre-requisitive : Parliamentarians  cannot  function without a Free Press. Not investigating, is not protecting ourselves".

So we should investigate all Journalists' murders : We are talking about Gongadze, about the Cypriot man (Adali), about the Journalist murdered in Moscow one week ago, etc", Cox concluded

- "CoE can' look at these cases differently. CoE can't wear Blinckers  !".
- "If the one is investigated, so has to be also the other. Why there wasn't full investigation ? Why's that ?", wondered British  Socialist MEP, Alan Meale.

- "A good idea" would be to "make a Motion for Resolution", and "join all Journalists' murders. Adali and Gongadze etc", said to "EuroFora" EU Parliament Political affairs Committee's President, Goran Lindbland, ChristianDemocrat MEP from Sweden.


(See also earlier News at "EuroFora" on similar issues).
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ECHR's Statistics on Freedom of Expression :


    Almost Half of condemnations by ECHR for violations of Freedom of Expression in 2008, concern Turkey : 20 out of a total of 48 for all CoE's Member States.

    Russia, Poland, France and Moldova were condemned only 3 times. Romania, Greece, Portugal, 2 times, and the other CoE Member States only 1 time, or none.
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    During the last Decade : 1998 - 2008, Turkey was condemned for violating Freedom of Expression in ..169 cases, while Austria only in 24.

    France and Moldova in 14 and 13, respectively, closely followed by Russia and Poland with 11 and 10, respectively. The rest of CoE Member States had less than ten condemnations.    
    

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