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CoE: Philosopher BHL slams Turkey's Erdogan for Blackmailing Europe, Killing Kurds, Hijacking Libya

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 23 June 2020

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- In CoE's prestigious Series of Top Interviews with European Great Thinkers, World famous Philosopher Bernard Henri Levi from France, (BHL), invited by the current Greek Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of Strasbourg's Organisation for Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, Slamed Turkish President Tayip Erdogan for "BlackMailing Europe" on Mass Migrants and Islamist Terrorism, added to attempts to ReMake the Former "Ottoman Empire", while also Killing Syrian a.o. Kurds, Yazidi,  and Other Precious Actors for Peaceful and Democratic Dialogue of Civilisations, (See Infra), in Addition to "HiJacking" Libya, "at Europe's Gates".

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- "1st" Point : Erdogan "has an Official Agenda, which is Not Hidden : to ReBuild the Ottoman Empire ! It is his Dream"..., BHL Denounced from the outset.


- "Number 2" : "He has a certain Behavior regarding Europe", which "is Based on Blackmail :"

- Blackmail with <<Refugees>> (f.ex. Back on 2015-2016+ when he Notoriously send, withOut any Warning, an UnPrecedented "Tsunami" of 1,5 Millions Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants, Tresspass in Europe, including a lot of Thugs or Crooks, even several Deadly Terrorists, as f.ex. those among the "Bataclan" Paris' Massacre Killers, etc. An Attempt Repeated on 2019 at Evros' River, but Failed, after Greek + EU Reactions), "and Blackmail with (Islamist) Terrorism" :  

- F.ex., inter alia, "Erdogan had some Sentences to German People, which were BorderLine in Threatening with Terrorism, if Chancellor Merkel took some Measures which were UnPleasant to Turkey"...


+ "Number 3 :  ...He has an Obsession vis a vis the Kurds, who are the Allies of the West".

- As well as "one of the embodiments of the EnLighted Islam of Today", "presenting a Chance for the Islam of the Future". "Who represent a Possibility of ReConciliation of Islam with Human Rights, Democracy, Equality between Women and Men, etc".

=> "This possibility which Embody the Kurds, is, precisely, What Erdogan Hates, Tries to Crush, Bombs, Invades, and so on"...

 - Among Many Others, Also, F.ex., "the Way he Acted in Syria, a few Months Ago", (Invading and Killing Peaceful and Democratic Syrian Kurds, who had just Helped Win against ISIS Deadly Islamist Terrorists, cowardly Targeting innocent Civilian People). "The way he Acts Today, in Sinjar", (a Yazidi Homeland at North Iraq), "by the Way, Bombing the Rest of Yazidi People (a Persecuted Minority of Monotheists more Ancient even than the Jews), in the Same Gesture", All "this is absolutely a Sorrow for me", and "a Wound for all those who Love Freedom, and a Disaster for those who Believe in Dialogue of Civilisations", he Denounced.

- "If we Believe that the West, and the Rest of the World, have to Build Bridges and Links of Brotherhood", then, "the Kurdish People is One of those Bridges. And Erdogan is Bombing the Bridge !"

=> "This is the Last of the Reasons for which, for me, he (Erdogan) Belongs to a Clan of Autocrats who are Trying to Undermine the Best of our Civilisation", the European Philosopher concluded.

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++ Last, but not least, "Europe not only Can, but also Has to Become a Global Power", he stressed in fine.

- Particularly, "in the Current State of the World, where USA is Partly WithDrawing from the Stage", "or, May-be Implicitly thinks that Military Presence is No More Needed everywere, as long as you have, f.ex., GAFA" (Digital Netwoks) "Supremacy, "even if  doN't realy think that it's the case, since Classic ways of active presence Still Remain Important for all, and "the Old Story Continues"..

=> "If the EU is Not Ready to Take its Destiny in its Hands. If France, Germany, Italy", and Other EU Countries, (Including, f.ex. "Greece", etc), "Do Not make some Necessary Sacrifices of Sovereignity, in order to Build a Real Power", then, "it will be a Disaster !" he Warned.

- Indeed, "even Before 1 Generation (25 Years), the World will be Ruled by a Few Foreign Autocrats", (including, particularly, "Radical Islam", Turkey's ReMake of Former "Ottoman Empire", Other "Imperialisms", etc) : "It's a Mess"...

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+++ On "Libya", he expressed his "Sadness" for its People to "Have to Live Under the Boots of Far-Away Dictators", as Turkey's Erdogan, etc.

- "Libya is at the Gates of Europe",  "It's Our Neighbouring Country, and We should Have Our Word to Say", he added,

Refering, inter alia, also, f.ex., to French "President Macron"'s relevant Statements, "this Morning", (while Meeting with the Tunisian President), expressing his "Concern" for "HiJacking Libya", as he Denounced.

>>> Macron, in fact, reportedly Criticized an even More Blatant, Recently, "Sign of NATO's Cerebral Death", by Delaying to take Sanctions after 3 Turkish WarShips' Provocative Aggressive Threats against a French fregate Trying to Check a Cargo Suspected for Smuggling Weapons into Libya ; Expressed his Understanding for Egyptian President Alsisi's Warning for a Military Intervention If Syrte's "Red Line" was Crossed ; Slamed Turkey for having Violated All the Commitments for Cease-Fire and Peace Negotiations UnderTaken Earlier at the Berlin's Conference (See, f.ex.:...; etc), and Wondered how Long Europe's Security would tolerate Turkey's Massive Imports of Extremist Islamist Armed Gangs from Syria, so Near its Borders...

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+ Almost in Parallel, "Privacy", in "1 World", (i.e. Globalisation), is More than Important", in this regard too :

- F.ex., "I Really Believe that the Freedom of the Human Being Depends on the Quantity of Privacy that remains in his Hands !" So that, "the More you have Privacy, the More you Think, and the More you are Free"... On the Contrary, "the Least Privacy remains in your Fingers, the Least you Think, and you are Less Free".

=> Indeed, "there is a Real, Mechanical Relationship, between the Quantity of your Secrets, and the Quality of your Thought, and the Quality of your Liberty", he Warned. "It's a Law, inscribed in Human Nature : I Could Prove it, by Ancient Greek Philosophy, by Old Judeo-Christian Wisdom : The More Secrets you Can Retain, the More Free and Powerful you are !", BHL insisted.

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However, it's no more a "secret" that BHL was Welcomed, at CoE's Series "In Discussion With...", by the current President-in-office of the PanEuropean Organisation, Greek Alt. Minister of Foreign Affairs, former Long-Time MEP and vice-President of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group in PACE, Miltiades Varvitsiotis, who stressed that "Europe" wants to "promote a new Vision of the World", including, Nowadays, by Respecting Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, even during Pandemics.

 

 

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Hu Jia's prize brings SAKHAROV's wife to "EuroFora" on murders of Journalists Politkofskaya, Gongadze and Adali :

- Elena Bonner : "All Journalists' murders must be fully investigated", without Double Standards.                                                                                    

During a special Mega-Event to celebrate 20 Years of SAKHAROV Prize for "Freedom of Thought", attributed in 2008 by EU Parliament to jailed Chinese Cyber-Dissident Hu JIA, the move was reinforced by strongly criticizing the persisting impunity in three cases of Journalists' Murders, such as POLITKOVSKAYA in Russia, GONGADZE in Ukraine, and ADALI in Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus.

Any bureaucratic doubt about whether Cyber-dissidents like Hu JIA might have, or not, a right to be protected as all Journalists must be, particularly when they take risks to search, find and publish original and critical News on issues of general interest to the society, could not resist to the emotion provoked by the message of his Wife, Zeng JINYAN spectacularly transmitted at a big screen in EU Parliament's hemicycle :

- "The most important and most interesting thing he did was to ... say the Truth :.. to write about the phenomena he observed... He never stopped Publishing.. on websites, so that the Public could learn about the reality .. and understand it.  In my view, this has been his greatest contribution", stressed the young wife of the jailed man, eager to cite also the cases of other critical journalists who faced various kinds of "harassment".

 - "Welcoming all those who have suffered for defending Human Rights", EU Parliament's President, German MEP Hans Gert POETTERING, who had invited to Strasbourg all former Sakharov prize-winners from various Countries throughout the World, said that "China needs Europe, and Europe needs China : A great nation" with which "we want to have a good relationship", "association and ..friendship". "But we are never going to stop our fight for Human Rights, and No Government can expect this from us".

    - "It's impossible  to achieve goals of Peace, if Human Rights are left out. In fact, Peace and Human Rights are intrinsequaly linked", added POETTERING.

    It's in this spirit that MEPs adopted, on Thursday, a Resolution denouncing that "the criminal
investigation and trial following the murder of (a) Journalist ...raises serious concerns with regard to transparency and respect for the rule of law", when a "brutal killing has not yet been fully investigated and solved in a satisfactory way".

    The text refered to dissident Journalist "Anna POLITOVSKAYA", a critic of Tchechen conflict, killed some years ago in Moscow, where Russian Authorities have found, arrested and are currently judging two executants, while also searching to arrest also a 3rd one, allegedly escaped in Belgium. But they have not yet found the instigators.

     Similar texts were adopted recently also on dissident Ukranian Journalist Georgiy GONGADZE's murder, for which Ukranian Authorities have at least found, arrested and condemned 2 executants to 12 and 13 Years of jail, but not yet the instigators. For that purpose, they recently accepted an International Experts team to participate to the investigations.     

But, it's only for the Murder of dissident Turkish Cypriot Journalist ADALI, in the occupied territories of Cyprus, that Turkey has NOT yet found ANYONE responsible, and even claimed recently inside CoE that it would be "impossible" to do so !    

These astonishing differences exist despite the fact that ECHR condemned alike Ukraine and Turkey with 2 Judgements on the same year : 2005, for the murders of  Journalists GONGADZE and ADALI, strong critics of Corruption in Ukraine, and of Ankara's policies on mass-influx of Turkish Settlers in the Occupied Territories of Cyprus, respectively.    

Regarless of that, CoE's Committee of Ministers, who is entrusted with the duty to supervise execution of ECHR's judgements, has just asked Ukraine's Government to reply to further questions on Gongadze's murder before March 2009, while Turkey, curiously, got a longer postponement for answering questions on Adali's murder, until June...   

A comparison of these cases, raises serious questions about Double Standards :

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On TRANSPARENCY :
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    On Gongadze's murder, CoE's body speaks even about the participation of
"an INTERNATIONAL group of Experts" in the Investigation, (f.ex. of "Tape Recordings"), accepted by Ukraine.
    On the contrary, on Adali's murder, CoE is obliged to repeatedly ask (for a 2nd
time) Turkey whether, at least, it informed the victims' Family, or not...
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- On EFFICIENCY :
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On Gongadze's murder, CoE formally "recalls that the Committee (of Ministers) ..URGED the Ukranian authorities.. to TAKE ALL NECESSARY INVESTIGATIVE STEPS TO ACHIEVE CONCRETE and VISIBLE RESULTS in the INVESTIGATION, aimed at the Identification of the INSTIGATORS and Organisers of the Murder", and "STRONGLY INVITED the Ukranian Authorities to provide information on the PROGRESS IN THE INVESTIGATION", before MARCH 2009.

But, on Adali's murder, on the contrary, CoE's body merely .. "took note" of the "arguments presented by" Cyprus, which denounce the absence of any proof of new "investigation" by Turkey. Following Turkey's own suggestion (!), it simply "noted" that there is "no limitation period" for "any new element" to "lead potentialy (sic !) to a Re-Opening of the Investigation". Without saying who might find any such "new" fact, since Turkey stoped searching... It also POSTPONED the issue until .. JUNE  !
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 - On the PUNISHMENT OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE :
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 -  On Gongadze's murder case, Ukranian Authorities already arrested and condemned, at least 2 suspects, to 12 and 13 Years of jail. And on Politkovskaya's murder at least 2 suspects are judged, and a 3rd one "wanted".

On the contrary, on Adali's murder case, the Turkish authorities simply claim that "it had not been possible to obtain new .. information .. on the basis of which criminal charges could be brought against ANY person" !...

Moreover,  a LETTER sent by Turkey ...2 Years after CoE's 2006 call to re-investigate anew Adali's murder case, is totally EMPTY of Facts ! As Cypus' Delegation denounced earlier, Turkey's Letter ONLY CLAIMS that a "New Investigation" was made without any result, but does NOT even cite ANY FACT to prove it :

F.ex.,on the crucial issue of the "MOTIVATIONS" behind Adali's murder, noted by ECHR, Turkey MERELY CLAIMS that "all allegations  were investigated; without result", but OMITS ANY FACT TO PROVE IT !..(It doesn't even remind which were these "allegations").. .

+ On ECHR's astonishment that the Turkish Occupation regime didn't produce any "BALLISTIC REPORT" on the Shots which murdered Adali, Turkey again repeats, 12 years later, that, still, even until now, "it  was not possible to obtain the BalisticReport"...

- As for the astonishing absence of key-WITNESSES' Testimonies, denounced by ECHR, Turkey agains repeats various pretexts avoiding to reveal anything, (Fex. that a person "left" the Occupied Territories  "on 2002", or that another witness was heard, but without revealing nothing of what he said, etc).

Turkey obviously "FAILS TO MEET THE CRITICISM made BY THE COURT" for lack of any efficient Investigation in Adali's case, concluded Cyprus' Government.
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Replying to our Question which COMPARED these 3 outstanding cases of "JOURNALISTS MURDERS", Adali, Gongadze and Politkovskaya, in order to avoid "Double Standards" by asking from Ukraine and Russia more than what is asked EU candidate Turkey, many European personalities were critical /

They criticised Ankara's recent claim at the CoE to stop investigating, because it would be "impossible to find anyone" responsible for the 5 bullet shots which killed Kutlu ADALI in front of his Family Home, contrary to the other two Journalists' murders, where Ukraine and Russia at least arrested the executants, searching now for the instigators :
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    - "Where was that ? In Turkish Occupied Cyprus ? WITHOUT ANY DOUBT : Any murder of Journalist should be investigated in full ! All these Murders must be investigated !", replied the famous SAKHAROV's wife, Elena BONNER to our question on Adali's case, compared to Gongadze and Politofskaya.

    Elena Bonner spoke us EXCLUSIVELY shortly after being honored by the President
of EU Parliament on the occasion of 20 Years of her husband's SAKHAROV Prize.

    A strong personality, Sakharov's wife even had to struggle against an anonymous EU staffer who, astonishingly, tried to stop her speaking when h heard our question on "Turkey" (!) : - "Please, let me translate, she continues
speaking, don't stop us !", had to cry Sakharov's daughter, (a Journalist
herself), who was translating her mothers' reply, (obliged to speak louder to
make her voice heard despite the harassment).. (= + Audio Proof !)

    Earlier, Elena Bonner also fustigated "Double Standards" at another case, on
Western countries' attitude vis a vis Kosovo and the Kurds : -F.ex. "You have
recognized a few 400.000 Kosovars as an "independent" country, but you still
deny that to 30 millions of Kurds in Turkey !", she denounced.
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    - "This (ADALI's murder) is an issue which should be pursued by the Committee
for Human Rights. That's why we have one, and it's its duty to examine cases of
Journalists' murders as the one you referred to. You should bring the case in
front of that Committee", suggested in reply to our question on Adali, EU
Parliament's President, German MEP Hans Gert POETTERING.

    - "It's impossible  to achieve goals of PEACE, if HUMAN RIGHTS are left out :
in fact, Peace and Human Rights are intrinsequaly linked", added POETTERING.
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    + "For us (European/International Federation of Journalists) it's clear :
Whenever a Journalist is Murdered, the Investigation should continue until
those Responsible are found !", replied earlier to another question on ADALI
EFJ/IFJ's Secretary General, Aidan WHITE.

    Speaking as a matter of General Principle, White asked us for "concrete data"
on the execution of ECHR's judgement on Adali case, in order to "look at it in
depth" and "make a formal statement", in comparison with the other Murdered
Journalist case, also pending at CoE's  Ministers for completing its execution,
on Ukranian Gongadze.
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     From EU Rapporteur on Human Rights, vice-President of EU Parliament Liberties' Committee, MEP Giusto CATANIA, we were told that, since there is an ECHR judgement in both Adali and Gongadge's cases, "Turkey must naturally execute the judgement and make a full and efficient investigation, until those responsible for the Journalist's murder are found and punished".

    Even if "we (Catania's "EuroLeft" Group) support Turkey's EU perspectives, this does not mean that Ankara should not behave properly. On the contrary, it means that they have to meet tough conditions, particularly on Human Rights", was added on the occasion of Adali's murder case.

    Moreover, "since you raise the issue of Mr. Adali's muder as a part of a Series of Journalist's murders, including fex. Gongadze, Politkovskaya, ao., tthen we (EU) could also act together with CoE's Commissioner on Human Rights, Thomas HAMMARBERG, it was suggested.

    - "We (EU) must step up efforts against the problem of IMPUNITY : Real Peace cannot exist without Justice",  stressed also this week at EU Parliament in Strasbourg, French Minister on Human Rights, Mrs Rama YADE.
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