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CoE Syria Rapporteur Bakoyani on Turkish Invasion (as +US react): Stop Hostilities+Protect Civilians

Written by ACM
Friday, 26 January 2018
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- As USA started to react, the same CoE Rapporteur who had succesfully launched the 1st Call to Save assieged Kobane City from ISIS' Deadly Islamist Terrorists cowardly Targetting even innocent Civilians, back on 2014 (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coeforimmediateinternationalhelptosyriankurds.html, etc), Experienced former Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyanni, who has just become, this week in Strasbourg, the PanEuropean CoE Assembly's New Rapporteur on Syria, reportedly urged to Stop Hostilities, after Turkey's, much Criticized, Military Invasion in Syria's Kurdish Region at Afrin, and to Protect Civilian People.

 

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- Declaring to be "Extremely Worried, about the Situation in Afrin", (the Syrian Kurdish Region attacked by Turkey's Military and its Proxy Armed Gangs), COE's Rapporteur on Syria urged for "No Further Escalation of Hostilities" started by Ankara's Military Invasion a few Days ago, and Stressed that "it's Important to ... Protect Civilians", as well as to have an "Humanitarian Access" to that Region, according to an Official Publication made Today (Friday) by PACE's Political Affairs Committee, and Re-Published by CoE's General Communication Service.


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+ Meanwhile, Germany reportedly moved to Raise the Issue also inside NATO, (where Turkey's position has notoriously become more and more Controversial, particularly after buying Russian Anti-Air Missile System "S400", Blocking Western Politician's Access sometimes to Incirlik AirBase, sometimes to their own Troops manning "PATRIOT" Anti-Missile Systems lended to Turkey, Spying and/or Bullying NATO Member States on alleged Dissidents living in Europe, and now Attacking the International Coalition's Best local Allies against ISIL's Islamist Terrorists, etc).

 

 Earlier this week, French President Macron, "expressed ... his Concern, following the Turkish Military Intervention launched on Saturday in Afrin's area", said an Official Press Comuniqué published by Elysée Palace in Paris. In particular, Macron reminded the Need to ":


 - "Fight, as a matter of Priority, against ISIS, and All the Jihadist Forces present",


- "Ensure, for Civilian Populations the indispensable Humanitarian conditions"


- "Facilitate the on the spot conditions for a Sustainable Political Solution"
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- USA has also Denounced the Fact that Turkey's Military Invasion of Syria's Kurdish Region obviously risks to "Distract" attention from the recent Focus on totally Defeating ISIL's Deadly Islamist Terrorists :

- "“The Violence in Afrin Disrupts what was a relatively Stable Area in Syria, and Distracts from the International effort to Defeat ISIS", U.S. Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis, denounced.


- Therefore, Mattis "Urge(d) Turkey to exercice Restraint", Both "in the Miitary Action", "and" on the provocative "Rhetoric", (which, according to an "AP"'s "FactCheck", contains several UnTrue claims, which are Grossly Fake : F.ex. that "ISIS" would exist at Afrin's area, that Syrian Kurds would have "Attacked" Turkey : Both False, and so on)...


=> So that New US President Don Trump has just "expressed Concern about Destructive and False Rhetoric coming from Turkey", as an Official "White House" Press Readout revealed.


- US President Trump also "relayed (to Turkey's Erdogan) Concerns that Escalating Violence in Afrin, Syria, Risks UnderCutting our ... Goals in Syria : "All parties" "Must Focus ... on .. . Achieving the Lasting Defeat of ISIS" instead, the White House pointed out.


>>>That's why, the American President "Urged Turkey to DeEscalate, LImit its Military Actions, and Avoid Civilian Casualties", as well as "Increases to Displaced persons and Refugees".


Significantly, the "White House" listed what U.S. considers as "Terrorism" in that area, citting "ISIS, Al-Quaida, PKK and Iranian-sponsored Terrorism", but clearly Ommitting even to mention here, the Syrian Kurds of YPG, (who have Never Attacked Turkey until now, as an "AP FactCheck" reminded in parallel).


+ Moreover, Don Trump also "Urged Turkey to exercice Caution, and to Avoid any actions that might Risk Conflict between Turkish and American Forces" (sic !) in Syria's Kurdish region, (particularly after Erdogan threatened to Extend Turkey's Military Invasion even to adjacent areas, where U.S.A. Defense Officers are present)...


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+ Mainstream North American NewsAgency "Bloomberg" has just published a Strong Criticism of the current Risk to "Betray" USA's recently proven "Best Allies" in that Strategic area, i.e. the Syrian Kurds, with Consequence for the USA to Never Find any Other new Ally, ready to fight efficiently, anywhere else in the World, at the foreseable Future...


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++ The Syrian Kurds have also, reportedly, launched a call for the Country's National Government in Damas, to Join Forces in order to Defend Syria's Territorial Integrity from the Turkish Military Invasion which pushes also some "Proxy" Armed Gangs opposed to Damas.


+++ Earlier this week in Strasbourg, PanEuropean COE's Parliamentary Assembly (PACE)'s Bureau, backed by at least the 4 Biggest Political Groups of MEPs, (the ChristianDemocrats/EPP, the Socialists, the Liberals, and the EuroLeft, etc), openly Supported a series of proposals asking Turkey to "immediately Stop" its Military Intervention, calling for a relevant UN SC Resolution, Measures to Save Civilian Peoples' Lives and care for new Refugees provoked by Ankara's troops invasion, as well as to Seek Peaceful Political Solutions, (See : ....).


=> The Next Meeting of CoE Assembly's Bureau will take place on March 2018 in Paris, immediately Followed by an Important PACE's "Standing Committee" subsequent Session, (which has, in principle, Equal Powers to PACE's Plenary sessions, as that which is scheduled for April 2018 in Strasbourg).


Both Moves will be Preceded by an Earlier Meeting of PACE's Political Affairs Committee, also in Paris, due to be Chaired by its Newly Elected President, the Experienced Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijten, from the Same ChristianDemocrat/EPP Political Group as PACE's New Rapporteur on Syria, mainstream MEP Dora Bakoyanis, (who, as Rapporteur, can Follow relevant developments and make Urgent Statements on her Mandate, whenever Necessary).

 

 +Meanwhile, the mainly Turkey-controlled "Opposition" in Syria, has just Refused to go to Sochi (Russia) for an Important Meeting on the Peace process in Syria.

Until now, that Meeting had been Interpreted as a Concession by Turkey to Russia, speculating that, in exchange, Moscow might have accepted to Close its Eyes on Ankara's eventual Military Intervention against Syrian Kurds.

But, Today, after that blunt Refusal, Russia has no more reasons for closing its eyee on Turkey's selfish wrongdoings, no more...

After the cowardly Killing of 2 Russian Pilots, stubbed behind the back while Fighting against ISIL's Islamist Terrorism at the Turkish-Syrian Borders near Afrin, (followed even by the Brutal Murder of the Russian Ambassador to Ankara, by a Turkish "Guard"), now it's also the Syrian Kurds, who had Dared Fight a Hard but Succesful  Struggle against ISIL's Deadly Islamist Terrorism, who are Stubbed behind the back by the Turkish Military and its Proxies... 

I.e. the Same who had notoriously profited from several Years of various illegal Trafficks to and from ISIL Terrorists, (f.ex. Jihadists, Arms, Oil/Gas, stolen Cultural Goods, etc), always in Total Impunity !          

  - Could, all this, be just a pure "Coincidence" ?...
                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                     

 

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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 ?

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- "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.

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      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).
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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.
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    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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