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As Impunity Risk in Cyprus' Missing People Murders grows, CoE stresses Turkey's duty to Investigate+

Written by ACM
Friday, 06 December 2019

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Among the Worst Violations of Human Rights in the World are those which may Target "Missing" Persons: Murders, Torture/Inhuman-Degrading Treatments, (in Isolation, at the Dark), Muzzling and/or Family Rights trampled underfoot, etc., while many Victims' Families face Tragedies, condemned to Wait for many Years/Decades an UnCertain "Return" of a beloved one, withOut even knowing if he/she is still alive...   

Europe had, unfortunately, the "privilege" to Test, there, its Human Rights' Protection Mechanisms the 1st, in this Post-World War Era, Starting with many ECHR's Cases since the 1974 Turkey's Military Invasion and Occupation of Cypus' Northern Terriories, But Latin-American Institutions and/or Politics managed to soon Catch-up, and even sometimes Bypass Europeans, particularly in the Fight against Impunity of Horrible Crimes, (Comp., already, also from an EU point of view, as early as since 2012, at: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/redingonvictimscyprusmissing911.html, etc).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Nowadays, the "Old" and "Classic" Issue of ECHR's case-law on Cyprus' "Missing" Persons, has Reached a Crucial Stage in Strasbourg :

During the Last 10 to 15 Years, from 1.510 "Missing" Greek Cypriots, the Remains of 695 Persons have been Identified, and Turkish Authorities Claim to Investigate 306 Cases, CoE noted. This includes POWs, even Women, Children, Elder Civilians, etc, almost certainly Captured Alive, withOut knowing what happened to them afterwards, and who was responsible.

But the Content and Conclusions of such "Investigations" have Not yet been Disclosed, save in Only Four (4) Cases ! Even Worse : Not even a Single Case has led to Any Prosecution proceedings against any Suspect, until Now (12/2019), Denounced the Cyprus' Government...

On the Contrary, in 3 cases on which Turkey gave some "Clarifications", including an important one, earlier Singled out by the COE, (that of Savvas Hadjipanteli, in Varnavas affair, a Bank Employee, reportedly "Taken for Questioning by Turkish Soldiers, and "Recorded" by "Representatives of the International Red Cross", before a Gang of T/C Emptied a Safe at his Bank, with a Key that he always carried with him, Finding Afterwards his Body in a Mass Grave, with a Bullet shot in his Skull), the Turkish Authorities "found ... that the available Evidence was Not Sufficient to initiate a Prosecution, and that until further evidence is available, the Investigations should be considered Closed" !      

     "Military Zones" (60% of the Occupied Territories of Cyprus, controlled by the Turkish Army) ; "Complicated" and "Time Consuming" "Procedures for gaining Access" ; Refusals to Excavate even in Civllian Areas, on pretext that an Owner and/or Occupant did No give his/her Consent ; Information on Mass Burial Locations WithHeld f.ex. in Turkish Military Archives, by "military or auxiliary Personnel who participated in the military Invasion of Cyprus by Turkey in 1974" ; Many Disturbances of Burial Sites and ReLocations of Human Remains, (etc); are among a Long List of Obstacles which Threaten to "Conceil Evidence of Crimes", Cyprus' Government Denounced.

=> In Consequence, CoE's Committee of Ministers, in a Decision adopted Today in Strasboug, stressed from the outset that, "due to the passage of time", it is "Urgent for the Turkish Authorities to advance", with a "Proactive approach" to provide" the "Committee on Missing Persons", with "all Necessary Assistabce to Achieve Tangible Results".    

>>> For that purpose, CoE asked Turkey to provide "UnHindered Access to All Areas which could contain the Remains of Missing persons". Given also the Fact that, with the passage of Time, Witness testimony becomes Scarcer", in consequence, "Documentary Evidence is Urgently Needed", in order "to Identify possible Burial Sites". Therefore, CoE Calls Turkey to "provide ...withOut Delay, ... All Information at their disposal relating to Burial Sites and Any Other Places where Remains might be Found, including ... Military Archives".

- Most Important, CoE expressed its "Interest" about "Information, ... on the ...Investigations", (Comp. Sypra). and Confirmed a "Call on the Turkish Authorities to Ensure the Effectiveness of the Investigations, as well as their Rapid Finalisation".

=> That's why CoE asked Turkey to "Transmit to the Committee of Ministers information on the progress of the Investigations and their Outcome".

This goes,  "in particular, in the Case of Savvas Apostolides", (a Young Conscrit/POW who had been reportedly Seen, by one of his Friends, Captured Alive, inside the Adana Prison at Mainland Turkey), as CoE's Official Decision points out.

+ Meanwhile, CoE, also, "Insisted again firmly on the Unconditional Obligation of Turkey to pay the Just Satisfaction awarded by the European Court in the Judgment "Cyprus v. Turkey" of 12 May 2014, withOut Further Delay".

This concerns 30 Millions € that ECHR's Grand Chamber has awarded, for Moral Damage, to the Families of "Missing" Persons, already 5,5 Years Earlier, but to whom, Turkey has Not yet paid not even a dime...        

On the Contrary, Ankara is reportedly Abusing of its own Obligations in order to ...Blackmail its Victims even on Other massive Human Rights Violations, as, f.ex., the Big Issue of Greek Cypriot Refugees/Displaced Persons (about 21% of the Total Island's Population, of whom Only a Few still struggle to survive in the Occupied Territories of Cyprus, invaded and controlled by Turkey's Military)...           

CoE, except from Repeating the above-mentioned, Correct, but obviously Toothless Verbal Formula, several times, has Not Yet undertaken any known effort to impose the slightest Sanction to Turkey for its blatantly shameless and provocative behavior vis a vis elementary Human Rights, until now.    

Those 2 Issues are due to partly criss-cross eachother, inside CoE's Committee of Ministers' session for the Execution of ECHR's Judgements scheduled on June 2020.

But, will it be in order to really Strengthen Human Rights, or, in order to Yield to just another Turkish Blackmail, among notoriously too many, nowadays, (at CoE, EU, NATO, UN levels) ?        

 

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It's important to create a synergy between "mutually stimulating" EU Countries' moves in order to overcome an "Unjust" Crisis "imported from USA", stressed new French Minister for Economic Revival, Patrick Devedjian, in Strasbourg, warning also that, while hoping for a vigorous Obama US Plan, nevertheless, "Time" is of essence for Europe...

In fact, it's EU's own interest to act Fast, before June 2009 EU Election, since, with Lisbon Treaty not ratified yet, it cannot face again the risk of a Majority Abstention, as back in 1999 and 2004, nor another "anti-EU" mood among Citizens, as in the 2005 French and Dutch "No", followed by the 2008 Irish "No", without endangering rare Historic opportunities, currently open for the EU, whose future is at stake.

From Social issues up to High-Tech Scientific Research, concrete action for Economic revival started from Strasbourg and its European dimension, for the new super-Minister Patrick Devedjian, who visited a Popular Social Housing and Infrastructure project at nearby Hagenau village, before meeting new leaders of Strasbourg's unified mega-University in a Scientific Labo at the Campus, close to EU Parliament and CoE headquarters.

Devedjian, who met also with all the spectrum of Local Political  deciders of Alsace region, close to FrancoGerman borders, wants for deeds to meet the words, in real practice, whenever politicians speak about Strasbourg and Europe's development.

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Devedjan to "EuroFora" : "European coordination can act as a multiplicator by mutual stimulations"
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Devedjian was questioned by "Euro-Fora" on his expectations for reciprocal effects of coordinated European plans :

- "We are living in a (European and Global) system where borders are transparent : When we take measures in France, they produce effects also in Germany, in Belgium, Italy, Spain, or other EU countries, and vice-versa. "So, we can have mutually stimulating effects between national revival Plans, if they are somehow coordinated", ..."They can augment each other's effects, acting as multiplicators and levers". "As a State stimulates Local authorities and Private business, similarly, each EU country's economic revival plan may multiply the effects of other EU countries' actions", he told us.

- "F.ex., when I visited Strasbourg University's Scientific labos, they told me that part of the renovation, funded by France, is realized by German companies located only a few Kms away from the border. Thus, the French revival plan benefits also the German economy. And vice-versa : when Germany takes certain measures, they can have beneficial effects also for French companies"

In an era of Globalisation, "nobody can close and isolate himself inside a Fish-Bowl !", he concluded.
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Economy's revival starts from Strasbourg and Europe, for new French Minister Devedjian
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This could be one of the reasons for which the new French Minister for Economic Stimulus chose to make his 1st visit to Strasbourg, the headquarters of European and Paneuropean Institutions, in the Franco-German river borders at the heart of Europe.

- "It was President Sarkozy's idea", he revealed, adding also fresh "support to Strasbourg's European vocation, not only with words, but also with deeds" :F.ex., the completion of a High-Speed Train network, due to stimulate fast links with Germany, Austria, Italy, Hungary and other central EU Countries.

- "This Crisis is Unjust for Europe, because it wasn't its fault". The greatest part of the "Crisis was imported from the USA, where problems are deeper than here'', in the EU. The Crisis "wasn't due to a bad managment by Europe", who was affected by problems which emerged elsewhere. That's why Europe must be united and active enough to face this challenge. said Devedjian, who has just won +5% in popularity...

- "I hope that there will be an "Obama-effect" also on Economy, and that the Plan of the New American President will be substantial enough to face this crisis, which is worse in the USA than in our area", Europe, he added.

"Economic Revival overcomes political divisions : F.ex. Strasbourg's Socialist Mayor "Ries agreed that State actions funded by Public Debt are justified during such exceptional circumstances", noted the Center-Right republican Minister.

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"Zeitnot" for 2009 EU Elections ?

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"My problem is Time", stressed Devedjian from the outset, at Strasbourg's University. "I have to engage 75% of funds in 2009, out of a total of 29 Billion euros", he explained later. "Monitoring will be of essence", because we must "avoid bureaucracy or delays. No project should get lost or neglected in complex meanders of adminstrative offices' moving sands", he warned.

- "I must create activities in the middle of the Crisis", he added. Questioned by EuroFora whether he aims to start creating some "hopes before the June 2009 EU Elections", Devedjian, a former leader of the Governing Political Party in France: UMP, did not immediately reply, but revealed, later, that he "hoped to start at least some Projects on May 2009, even if the bulk of Revival Plan's effects are "expected from Autumn 2009".

However, with only 30% of EU Citizens currently aiming to cast a vote at the forthcoming EU Elections on June, (See other NewStory), the  coordinated moves' results are expected to be crucial for Citizens' participation and votes at the forthcoming June 2009 EU Elections throughout all 27 EU Member Countries...Thus, it's vital for all Europe's own Future that coordinated national Economic revival plans start to have concrete results and create hopes for new dynamics before the June 2009 EU Election...

A real challenge, since careful choices are needed : Our aim is to fund projects which "create activities", even "in the middle of the crisis", and have a "lever effect, attracting other investments", Devedjian said. Because the "Stimulus' Plan has 2 aims : A Tactical one : to create New Activities. And a Strategic one : Choose what can become efficient and useful also in the Long-term". 

- "Are you ready ?", he asked Strasbourg University's new President, professor Alain Beretz, with some 700 million euros in his pockets for Education-Research in France. - "We are !", he replied.

- "The Minister's initiative can accelerate funds, and Time is important for us. This concerns the entire renovation of all our buildings", said to "EuroFora" President, Beretz. "I showed some Scientific Research Labos to Mr. Devedjian. But, If we had more time, I could show him also some Education Amphis, whose condition needs to meet Strasbourg's new Mega-University's ambition" to reach the 10 best in the World, as Prime Minister Fillon earlier anounced here.

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(Devedjian kicks off his Economic Revival tour from Strasbourg University, meeting with its new chairman Beretz, at Scientific Institute Le Bel) 

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Regional Prefectures should gather and select projects to be presented for decision before the end of January 2009.

A well-known close friend of President Sarkozy, who succeeded as EU Chairman to launch, in agreement with German chancelor Merkel and even British prime minister Brown, vigorous EU actions against the Financial/Economic Crisis, (starting from the 1st Historic Summit of EuroZone's Heads of State/Government, October 12 at Elysee Palace, followed by Washington G20 Global Summit), Devedjan will have a key role in the realisation of National and EU plans recently agreed in Brussels.

President Sarkozy is expected to arrive himself in Strasbourg, on the occasion of the official inauguration of its brand New Mega-Hospital, on the 9th of January 2009, at the eve of EU Parliament's session here, Elysee confirmed shortly after Devedjian's visit.

EU is due to review its economic revival plans at March 2009 EU Council in Prague, before the April 2 London Global Summit.

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