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CoE decided full Monitoring on Turkey (with EU effects)

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 25 April 2017

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*Stasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- In a Decision which should normaly have Important Consequences on EU - Turkey's controversial, UnPopular and Costly "Accession" claims, CoE's Assembly has just asked to submit Ankara to a Full Monitoring on Human Rights Violations and problems for Democracy and Rule of Law.

 

Such a Return Back to Full CoE's Monitoring on Human Rights Violations and serious Problems related to Democracy and Rule of Law, practicaly means tha Turkey's recent Situation clearly does Not Meet EU's "Copenhagen Criteria", which are Necessary for any eventual Candidate wishing to seek a place in EU's Enlargement process. I.e, something which can make the Lucrative Annual EU Funding (in full Grants and various Loans) earmarked for Turkey, (which currently Costs several Billions € per Year) to become Unjustified, since the Lack of one among its Key Conditions becomes now obvious.

 

 Already, Back since the Beginning of 2004, a Turkish lobby had exerted a Heavy Pressure in order to get a CoE's Decision to Cease Monitoring Ankara, so that EU -Turkey "Accession" Negociations can Start from 2005, soon Costing about 1 Billion € in full Grants each Year, added to almost 4 to 5 Billions € in Loans, which Persisted even during the Economic and Financial Crisis, (in Addition to the Blockade of EU "Constitution"'s Draft, by 3 "No" to 2005-2007 Referenda, because of "Hot" Popular reactions, up to "BREXIT"'s 2016 Debates, as well as recently Fueling "EuroScepticism" accross the EU, etc).

 

Now, PanEuropean CoE Assembly's Move in Strasbourg comes just 1 Day Before EU Parliament's "Mini" Session in Brussels holds another Turkey debate, Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 26., and while EU Commission is, reportedly, Examining to "ReConsider" EU - Turkey's Relationship, in view also of recent developments, as EU Commissioner respônsible for Enlargement and Good Neighborhood relations, Johannes Hahn from Aistria reportedly said earlier this week, shortly Before EU Foreign Ministers discuss the Future of EU - Turkey relations, (and eventually a Change of their format) in Malta on Friday. 

 

Not Only a 100% Turkish Attempt to entirely "Delete" the relevan Crucial Paragraph, in CoE Assembly's Report about "the Functioning of Democratic Institutions in Turkeyt", Drafted by Norwegian Conservative MEP Ingebjord Godskesen and Estonian Socialist MEP Marianne Mikko, but even a Turkish Lobby's Attempt to Postpone such Decisions for 1 more Year (2018), as also a Few Other MEPs from Azerbaijan, UK and pro-Kiev Ukraine asked, were Strongly Rejected by a Big Absolute Majority of MEPs in Strasbourg this Noon. 


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   - Experienced Austrian  MEP Stefan Schennach, former President of PACE's Monitoring Committee and current President of its Committee on Conflicts between CoE Member States, Reminded that, already, a Similar Draft Resolution on Re-Starting Monitoring Turkey had been Tabled 1 Year ago, and Postponed several Times, because Ankara always Asked for More Time : - Are we going to anew Postpone, again and again ?, he Wondered. We have already done so, but it only made things Worse !. In fact, the Right Time is Now :", he urged. 

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The Resolution Adopted by the Plenary of CoE's Assembly also expects from Turkey, among others, "as a matter of Priority", particularly to Stop "the Collective Dismissal of Civil Servants", and to "Release All" the Detained or Imprisoned Parliamentarians and Journalists pending trial.

 

 Ankara Government's recent "DisProportionate Measures" include, inter alia, also :  "150.000 Civil Servants, Military Officers, Judges, Teachers and Academics Dismissed. 100.000 Individuals Prosecuted and 40.000 of them Detained", as CoE's Resolution Denounces.

 

 This Turkey Debate is the Main Highlight of CoE Assembly's Plenary Session for Spring 2017, this Week in Strasbourg, where also the Heads of State from Greece and Spain, President Pavlopoulos and the Spanish King, respectively, are expected to Address the PanEuropean Organisation's MEPs on Wednesday and Thursday.


Significantly, even these 2 European Countries had, notoriously, Faced various Problems about Democracy in the Past, (f.ex. during the 1967-1974 "Colonels" regime in Athens, and the earlier Franco regime in Madrid), resulting in a "Special" Treatment by EU and CoE then, Before they Succeded, Later-on, to Overcome that situation and Establish clearly Democratic Institutions with an acceptable Legal mechanism for Human Rights respect, Concluding, Finaly, to a Normal Status in their relations with both European and Paneuropeaan Organisations until Today.


But such a Greek and Spanish RoadMap towards European Integration, passed through Real and Serious pro-Democratic and pro-Human Rights Changes, that the nowadays Turkish regime might, eventualy, not be yet Ready to realy make.

 

 

  Headquartered in Strasbourg, CoE is the Paneuropean Organisation of 47 Member States (including Russia, etc), whose main Mandate is for Human Rights, Democracy, and Rule of Law, particularly since its Heads of State/Government Summit in Warsaw (Poland) on 2004. 

  

 

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EU should take into account CoE's Findings especialy in Human Rights' issues, stressed a landmark Report on EU - CoE Cooperation in a New PanEuropean Architecture drafted by Jean-Claude Juncker, Experienced former Long-Time Prime Minister of Luxembourg and Chairman of €uro-Group, on the Official Demand of that Warsaw CoE Summit, alreadey as early as since 2006-2009, before Juncker is Elected as EU Commission's President for the current, 2014-2019 Period.
 

                                                                                                                                                         

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They voted to "freeze" UK Government's draft to put People in jail for 42 Days on "anti-terrorist" suspicion without charge, or they abstained. Don't they look suspect ?
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CoE's debate on UK controversy stirs PanEuropean check of anti-terror suspects' imprisonment

Former Leftists of the Sixties would boil in hot water if they heard PACE's debate on the controversial 42 days detention without charge, currently drafted by the British Government :

A "Socialist" Government, a Socialist PACE Rapporteur and a Socialist Chair of PACE's Legal Committee, opposed a .. "Conservative" amendment (supported by .. Liberals, Democrats, etc), to freeze the measure, in order to protect Citizens' Freedom, by "waiting" until CoE's Venice Committee checks its conformity with Human Rights' principles.

"Left"'s support to Conservative-Lib.Dem's criticism, wasn't enough to obtain a majority, nor to make things as they were back in the good old days, when "Left" and "Right" had a clear meaning, as "liberty" and "restrictions"...

Conservatives and most Democrats were joined by the Left in voting for the "freeze", as well as Liberal Paul Rowen, while Socialist MEP Ivan Popescu, an experienced MEP from Ukraine (PACE Member since 1996-2008) abstained. But most Socialists, added to a few Liberals and EPP's Right, voted against.

Fortunately, someone inside PACE had the wise idea to shorten the Debate for less than 1 Hour, and put it on the Agenda only at the end of an exceptionally busy day, towards the end of the Evening, when most MEPs had already gone to taste wins and foods at various Receptions all around Strasbourg's "European" area : As a result, not even 42 MEPs weren't present..

Socialist Lord Tomlinson accused the leaders of the PanEuropean Assembly, in its highest body : the "Bureau", to "lack wisdom" by deciding to hold a Debate on an issue that neither the Socialist Chair of the Legal Committee, nor its Socialist "reluctant Rapporteur", did "not want to do", ...

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Finally, everybody (critics and supporters alike) was happy to agree, in substance, that the controversial measure "may" gravely violate Human Rights, and therefore, PACE asked Legal Experts of Venice Commission to check UK Government''s plans.

But this might take more than .. 42 Days to do, since PACE's Rapporteur asked the Experts to enlarge their study in a PanEuropean comparison of all that is happening on "anti-terrorism" legislation in 47 CoE Member Countries, including Russia, Turkey and Azerbaidjan..

Bad lack : "The existing 28 days’ detention without charge in the UK is, in comparison with other CoE member countries, one of the most extreme : In Turkey, the period is 7,5 days, in France 6 days, in Russia 5 days, and in .. the U.S. and Canada just 2 and 1 days respectively", denounced Democrat MEP Ms WOLDSETH from Norway..

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"Numerous respected human rights organisations, including Liberty and Human Rights Watch, have expressed serious concern" "The proposed legislation ...could easily lead to extensive abuses. ...Detention for 42 days means six weeks in which one is taken away from one’s family, friends, home and livelihood only to be let off without being charged. That will destroy lives and isolate communities", she added.

- "3 years ago, the UK Government sought to increase the period of pre-charge detention from 14 days to 90 days. Not long before that, it had been only 7 days. There was a vigorous debate ...and a ...compromise was reached of 28 days. We have to ask whether there are proper safeguards in place to extend the period to 42 days. I suggest that there are fatal flaws", reminded British Conservative Clappison.

- "What sort of society holds someone in detention for 42 days and does not have to tell the person who is in prison why they are there, or explain the suspicions that arose and led to their detention? What sort of society believes that that is the way to treat its citizens? That is an appalling injustice, ...A 42-day detention period will not make the UK safer. Instead, it will be the first step to giving in to terrorists; it is saying that we are prepared to sacrifice our democratic rights and the principles for which we have stood for centuries", criticized British Liberal Michael Hanckock

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"Comments made ...by Norwegian delegates are unfortunate", replied British Socialist MEP Ms.Curtis-Thomas, accusing them to "besmirch the reputation of our police force, which is one of the Best in the World", as she said, believing that "there are significant safeguards ...to ensure that individuals are not subjected to unlawful detention"

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PACE "has serious doubts whether ...the draft legislation are in conformity with the ...case-law of the European Court of Human Rights. A lack of ..safeguards may lead to arbitrariness, resulting in breaches of ... liberty and ...right to a fair trial". PACE "is particularly concerned that: ..the judge ..may not be in a position to examine whether there exist reasonable grounds for suspecting that the arrested person has committed an offence;"; that "... representation by a lawyer may be inappropriately restricted or delayed;" that "information on the grounds for suspicion of a person ...may be unduly withheld.. ;" that this "may give rise to arrests without the intention to charge;", and; in general, that "prolonged detention without proper information on the grounds for arrest may constitute inhuman treatment", says Klaus De Vries' Report, adopted with 29 votes against zero.

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