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CoE Assembly clearly + twice Rejects Attempt to Stop Banning any Surrogacy

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 11 October 2016
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- A Crystal-Clear Majority of MEPs, in PanEuropean CoE's Parliamentary Assembly, Twice Rejected, Today, a Controversial Attempt to Stop Banning the UnPopular practice of Surrogacy in all cases.

 
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After a very "Hot" and Long Debate, concluding an almost 2 Years-long process, full of unexpected upheavals (See Infra), finaly, a clear and uncontested Majority of 83 Votes against only 77 Rejected a Draft Text which Refused to Ban all Surrogacies.
Meanwhile, an even Stronger Majority of MEPs had already Rejected another Attempt to "Erase" an Explicit Call to "Condemn All Forms of Surrogacy", with 90 Votes against Only 57, and 7 Abstentions.

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Moreover, Earlier this Week, the competent CoE Assembly's Social and Health affairs Committee, had already Adopted, with a Clear Majority of 24 Votes against Only 16, an Amendment Explicitly Supporting "Childrens and Womens' Rights ...by Condemning All Forms of Surrogacy".


A Last-minute Attempt to override that by pushing another, Strange Vote against such Amendments in the Plenary, with Only a Small "Difference" f.ex. of  just One (1) Vote, (i.e. 79 v. 80, and 5 Abstentions,etc), while, Curiously, the Voting Machines had repeatedly ...Stopped Working, as an Astonished Chairman of that Meeting Denounced, was, Finaly, Droped with the Above Mentioned Concluding Results, voted by a Strong Majority, (Comp.Supra).

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The 47 Member Countries strong CoE has Focused mainly on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, particularly after such a Mandate was more clearly specified at an Historic PanEuropean Summit of Heads of State/Government in Warsaw, Poland, on April 2005, (Comp. "Eurofora" co-Founders NewsReports from that landmark event, then Published at "TCWeekly"+).

 


Holding an Official Mandate from that PanEuropean Summit, the current President of EU Commission, Long-Time former Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Juncker, had writen an Exceptional Report on EU -CoE Cooperation, (published a few Years afterwards in Strasbourg), where he mainly Concluded that EU should often Consult the CoE's longer Experience and Legal Expertise on Human Rights issues.

 

Meanwhile, during Today's PACE Debates, several MEPs denounced, inter alia, also the Fact that an Initial Draft Resolution, which had been officialy Tabled at the Initiative of mainstream ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Valeriu Ghiletchi, against the Controversial and UnPopular practice of Surrogacy, has been afterwards ..."Hijacked" by Others, resulting in a entirely Different Draft Report, prepared by a Socialist MEP, who aimed, on the Contrary, at an Opposite Aim !

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As Ghiletchi himself, (an Experienced former President of PACE's Social affairs Committee, from the Governing Party in Molodova), told "Eurofora", that Controversial Draft seeked to open some Dangerous Breaches towards the atrocious practice of "Surrogate Mothers"' exploitation, (and Artificial Births of Human Beings controlled by Technocrats), under Pretext of a Strange conception of some ambiguous aspects of so-called "Childrens' Rights", which, in fact, were also taken "Hostages" of such a Double-Faced approach. 

 

However, during a PACE Hearing of various Experts, earlier this Week in Strasbourg, at a Side-Event organized on the sidelines of CoE Assembly's Plenary Session for Autumn 2016, at least one among the Representatives of Invited Human Rights' NGOs, told "Eurofora" that she had Raised the Question, on the Contrary, of the Need to Protect also Childrens' Rights against the Risk to Deprive them from their own Natural Family, with a clearly Known and real Father and Mother, if some Expose them to any such Controversial practice of "Surrogate Mothers", whose body is "Used" for the benefit of Others, while, both in Legal and in Moral terms, Nobody has any "Right to get a Child" at any price and by any means, (as even the French Constitutional Court has judged). 

 

Indeed, during the Debates, several among those Other MEPs, who Backed that Socialist Rapporteur, while pretending that they remained, themselves too, Opposed to "Paid" or "Commercial" Surrogacies, on the Contrarty, they clearly Revealed that they Wanted, inter alia, even to Recognize what they Claimed to be a so-called "Altruistic" Surrogacy, (something Vigorously Contested by Many Opposed MEPs), while at least one went even as far as to ..."Warn" Critics that, if they didn't Abide Now, then, Soon, some Lobbies would Push Ahead various kinds of "Transplantations of Uterus", (f.ex. in order to Artificially Bypass the Infertility of some couples, as, mainly, among Homosexuals, Hindered to get a Child by Natural Birth, etc)...

 

However, a Crystal Clear Majority in CoE's PanEuropean Assembly, which had already Refused to Debate in Plenary, and Send that Controversial Report Back to Committe, during its Previous Session on June 2016, Now Rejected Twice any among the above-mentioned Attempts to Facilitate in Practice and/or Recognize at least a Part among Surrogacies, leaving their General Prohibition intact.

 

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("DraftNews", as already send, Earlier, to "Eurofora" Subscribers/Donors. A more accurate, Full Final Version, will probably be Published asap, with much More relevant Data).

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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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