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2016 Vaklav Havel Human Rights CoE Prize Winner Murad slams Inaction against ISIS Terror + Impunity

Written by ACM
Monday, 10 October 2016
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- The 2016 Winner of the prestigious "Vaklav Havel" Human Rights Prize, awarded at the PanEuropean, 47-Member Countries-strong CoE, the former ISIS' Prisoner, Young "Yazidi" Minority Girl, Nadia Murad, surprized Today in Strasbourg by Strongly Criticizing those who, inside the current International Community, don't really Do Anything Important in order to Find and Punish those Islamistic Extremist Terrorists of ISIL's atrocious BeHeaders even of Defenseless and Innocent Civilian People, who, in Fact, "Attack all Humanity", and its most elementary Moral Values,  as she said, (See Infra), largely Applauded by MEPs, Journalists and other participants, who Exceptionaly Stood up, spontaneously to Salute her.


F.ex., ISIS Barbarian Terrorists, just 2 Years ago (on 2014), Attacked and Destroyed the Villages of some 12.000 "Yazidi" People, made Prisoners, and "sought to Force us to Deny our Religion", reminded the fragile but resolute Young Girl who had been Taken Prisoner while aged 21, with many Women and Children, but Managed to Escape after 3 Months of Captivity, becoming a Human Rights Activist at nearby Germany.  "They Murdered Men (after being Jailed). They EnSlaved and/or Sold Women. And they Kidnapped Children, in order to Manipulate and make them "Child-Soldiers". Even Young Girls, from just 8 or 9 Years of Age, were Raped: I saw Girls just 8 or 9 y.o. being Raped, at an Age when they DidN't even Know what that Word meant, she Denounced, inter alia, Threatening a real "Genocide", as she pointed out.


+ They also Attacked Others, particularly Christians, but also Many Muslims, etc.


- "ISIS claims to act in the name of Religion, But, in reality, all it's doing is Trumpling underfoot all Humanity's Values", she stressed.

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=>  - In fact, "They are Attacking Humanity", she rightfully Concluded.


 - "This ... is a Threat to us all. And we have, therefore to Mobilize, to Rally, to Stand Together", Nadia Murad Urged


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- "That's why we must Bring Justice".

"We can't have Barbarians Destroy Peoples, Civilisations and Cultures !", she vowed.


- In consequence, She "Call(ed MEPs) to Help Save persecuted Minorities in the Middle East", "Save Women and Children in Conflict Zones", from other such "War Crimes", and "raise Awareness in the World-wide Community".


=> - "It's Important that such Criminals are Brought to Justice", f.ex. "in a Special Tribunal to Prosecute these Crimes".


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 -"However, Today, Noone has been Prosecuted for Killing or Enslaving 12.000 Yazidi People. Noone has been Booked. Noone has been Called to Account !", Nadia Murad denounced.

- "In fact, No Effort, whatever, has been made (not even) to Gather Evidence : As things stand, Nobody seems to prepared to even Document these Crimes !", she revealed.

=> In Consequence, "I am UnHappy, ... I am Sad that the World is Refusing to react. That Justice is Not been done", Nadia Murad Denounced Bitterly.

 - "I personaly Lost 18 Members of my Family. Some Died, others Disappeared. And there are Thousands of Men and Women, like myself, who have Nobody, Neither Local, Regional, National or International body, Responding in any way, or showinng  any Signs that they want to make sure that Justice is done", she regretted.


=> - But, nevertheless, "I Hope that this Prize will give Renewed Strength", in order "to Continue to Move Forward, and Fight against (such) Extremism, and See to it that Good Prevails", the 2016 "Vaklav Havel" Human Rights Prize concluded.


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CoE Assembly's President, ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Pedro Agramunt, who Handed to the Recipientr the prestigious Prize, (named after the World-Famous Writer, Political Dissident, and former President of the Czech Republic), praised in fine Nadia Murad for her "Courage" and "Commitment to Human Rights".


She had Strong Competition to Face for the prestigious "Vaklav Havel" Prize, including by a prominent Journalist and Human Rights Activist on Free Speech from Serbia, and even the prestigious International Institute for Human Rights "René Cassin", Heaquartered in Strasbourg and Chaired also by former ECHR President Jean-Paul Costa, (Comp. recent Costa's Reply to an "Eurofora" Question at: ....).


But she was Selected, last Weekend in Strasbourg, at a Secret Meeting of a Group of Experienced, Top European Human Rights Experts from several CoE's Member Countries, (including, f.ex., inter alia, a Polish Expert, as well as the former Long-Time President of CoE Parliamentary Assembly's Legal and Human Rights Committee, Lawyer and f. MEP Christos Pourgourides, from Cyprus, the Country that is going to take over the PanEuropean Organisation's rotatng Presidency for the period of November 2016 - May 2017).


The Young "Yazidi", Nadia Murad, has already been one of the Nominees for the "NOBEL" Peace Prize, was recenrtly Appointed as UNO's Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking (September 2016), and currently is also one among the Nominees for EU Parliament's  "Zacharov" Prize, awarded each Year for the Freedom of Expression, whose Winner will be Known Later this Month, (towards the End of October 2016).

UN SG Ban Ki Moon, (who has recently met Personaly with Nadia Murad), in a landmark Speech, previously in Brussels, had launched a vibrant Call to the EU for resolute Action in order to Save innocent People and bring an elementary Justice by punishing the Perpetrators of Serious Crimes which in fact, Threaten Humanity.
(See relevant "Eurofora"s NewsReport at :.....) .


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By a Timely Coincidence, Nadia Murad's plaidoyerie against ISIS' Bloody Terrorists, Denouncing a Scandalous Inaction somewhere inside the International Community, (Comp. Supra), came just Hours after the Latest Public Debate between the 2 Front-runner Candidates in the forcthcoming, November 8, crucial US Presidential Election, where Republican Candidate Donald Trump, reiterated, at his own Initiative (i.e. even without such a Question to be yet Raised by another participant) an even Stronger Call to put an End to ISIS' Misendeavours, Accusing the Out-going US President Obama and the former State Secretary Hillary Clinton, to have found only a Small Part of Iraq infested by Extremist Islamists, but to have themselves, after 8 More Years in Power (2009-2016+) Spread ISIS Terrorists in 32 Countries accross the World, as he said.


To what, Hillary, (who is also the Democrates' Candidate for the Job of New US President), simply Expressed a "Hope" that ISIS would be, finaly Defeated before the End of Obama's now finishing US Presidency, (up to January 2017), and, at any case, anounced her Intentio to rather "Go after El Bagdadi" himself, as she said, pointing at the supposed Ideological Leader of ISIS Deadly Terrorism.


However, the American People, notoriously don't have more, Today, than only Less than a Month, until the Decisive US Presidential Election's Day, (10 October - 8 November 2016)...


Shortly After that, will notoriously Follow 2 other Crucial Elections in Europe, First in France, and later-on in Germany, (May and September 2017).
Russia, which has just Completed its National Elections on September 2016, has recently Reminded President Vladimir Putin's invitation, for his Western and other Counterparts, to Join all Together in a Decisive Fight against ISIS' Deadly Terrorists, complaining that, with some Exceptions, curiously, No fully Convincing, Positive Answer hadn't been given yet, at least, until recently.

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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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