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CLRAE New President Frecon+ to EuroFora: DeCentralisation can help Political Solution on Ukraine

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 15 October 2014

*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/14-15 October 2014/- Regional DeCentralisation's manifold potential may help find a Compromise for a Peaceful Political Solution on the Ukraine issue, acknowledged the new President of CoE's PanEuropean Congress of Local and Regional Authorities (CLRAE), the experienced French Senator from the Governing Majority, Jean-Claude Frecon, speaking to "EuroFora" shortly after his Election at the CLRAE's Head for the period of 2014 - 2016.

 President Frecon, (who has an exceptionaly long experience of CLRAE during more than 22 Years, since the early Nineties, almost as "EuroFora", from the point of view of the Press..), made it crystal clear that he is "Critical vis a vis Russia", on the Ukraine issue, mainly because of the crucial importance that the "Respect of Territorial Integrity has for Europe",  (as Russian President Vladimir Putin used himself to say, back in the Past, during, f.ex. the controversial "Kosovo" issue, etc., and as EU/CoE Member Cyprus is repeatedly reminding, since the 1974 Turkish Military Invasion and Occupation of its Northern Part, which persists until Now, for 40 Years : 1974 - 2014)..

 - But, at the same time, "I am for Dialogue with Russia, and against cancelling Russian MEPs' Voting Rights" inside the CoE, President Frecon added.

>>> Thus, Replying to an "EuroFora"s question, the new President of the CLRAE, (who is also an active Member of CoE's Parliamentary Assembly, as Senator), admitted that, indeed, if a Regional status is not so laxist that it might eventually endanger a Country's stability, but, at the same time, it's designed Wide enough to meet at least the basic Needs of the Local Population f.ex. for Cultural and/or Economic Regional Autonomy, its own Security, Language and Symbols, etc, then, indeed, CLRAE's PanEuropean Experience in more than 47 Countries, might usefuly help to find a Peaceful Compromise Solution for Ukraine's Future, if both sides agree in still on-going and forthcoming Political Negotiations.

 - "But this has to be allowed by the (National) Constitution" of the country, sharply pointed out President Frecon to "EuroFora", immediately agreeing that relevant Constitutional Reforms for Ukraine have just been discussed by CoE's competent "Venice Commission" in a special meeting in Rome, earlier this Month, according to a Report which is expected to be Published after the imminent Ukranian Elections scheduled for the End of October.


+ Meanwhile, following several calls by various MEPs to eventually imagine possible Solutions to Crisis as that of Ukraine by inspiring itself from the currently succesful recent developments f.ex. of the "Belgian Model" of Regionalism, the experienced Top CLRAE Politician, President of its Socialist Group, and current President of Parliament in the German-speaking Community of Belgium, Karl-Heinz Lambertz, speaking later-on to "EuroFora", revealed that CLRAE's Bureau had just given him an Official Mandate to examine all the Governemental elements of relevance to the CLRAE accross CoE's 47 Member Countries, which could usefuly inspire some kind of operational Solutions for various Crisis, as that of Ukraine, in a special Report that he's due to present Next Year (on 2015).

- In this framework, indeed, at least some among the Belgian model's elements, might, if they are Carefuly selected and handled, effectively help to find some satisfactory Ideas for Political Solutions also to the Ukranian crisis, President Lambertz told "EuroFora".



+ Concerning specificaly the "Regional" aspects, the particularly Experienced former long-time President of CLRAE, (and former President of its Chamber of Regions), Head of Austrian Tirol Region's Parliament, Herwig Van Staa, vice-President of CLRAE's ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group, speaking earlier to "EuroFora", clearly confirmed his belief that, indeed, an adequate use of Regionalism might be really Helpful for a Political Solution on Ukraine, as he said.






(NDLR : "DraftNews", as already sent to "EuroFora"s Subscribers/Donors, earlier. A more accurate, full Final Version might be published asap).



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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 ?


- "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.


      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).

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.
    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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