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COMECE SG Poquillon to EF: Heritable Gene Editing risk + China/US =Question for EU's External Action

Escrito por ACM
28.03.19
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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Shortly before a crucial EU - China Summit in Brussels, Pope Francis' pick for EU, COMECE's Secretary General, Fr. Olivier Poquillon from France, Replying after a Topical BioEthical Question raised by "Eurofora" on the recent incident of Heritable Gene Editing scandalously operated on 2 new born Babies by a Chinese Doctor, educated and linked with some USA Lobbies dating from the era of Former "Socialist"/Liberal US President Barack Hussein Obama, (Comp., f.ex. : ..., + .., etc), Acknowledged the Importance of the Issue and advised to alert EU's External Action, headed by Frederica Mogherini.

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He was a keynote Speaker at a meeting of the "PanEuropa" working Group of ChristianDemocrats/EPP MEPs in EU Parliament in Strasbourg, organized by its new Chairman, the Young Austrian MEP Lukas Mandl.

- "Eurofora", pointing at notorious Health Risks, but also at the Serious Threats against all Humankind from possible abuse of so Dangerous Irreversible Alterations of Human Genome transmissible to Future Generations, which are Prohibited by CoE's BioEthical Convention on Human Rights, Biology and Medicine, (known as "Oviedo" Convention), and have recently provoked a Public Debate in EU Parliament in Strasbourg, added also to a Draft Resolution reportedly pushed by the EPP Group against such practices, with Calls, inter alia, for a "Global Ban", (See also : ..., etc), after a verbal Condemnation also by a Chinese Official, as well as the adoption of an Interesting Wording, by China's President Xi, during this week's top Talks in Paris with French and German Leaders, President Macron and Chancellor Merkel, as well as EU Commission's President Juncker, urging for Multilateral Cooperation at Global level in order to Deal with "Challenges Faced by Humanity", (See: ..., etc), critically observed that, despite an important forthcoming EU - China Summit in Brussels on April 9, nevertheless, some inside the EU still seem to be Ignoring or Downplaying the Crucial Issues at Stake !

=> For some, it seems as if the EU would be still Limited only into a mere Common Market of the Past, withOut the Lisbon Treaty of 2010, Neither the Charter of Fundamental Rights, which notoriously includes also a Key Reference to "Human Dignity", "Eurofora" criticized, in this regard.                       

- Speaking shortly After that "Eurofora"s Question, COMECE's Secretary General, Fr. Poquillon, significantly cought on the fly our above-mentioned reference to Europe and "Human Dignity" (Comp. Supra), adding even that "for Christians", the European "Identity" itself is, precisely Linked with that Basic Concept, and that, for them, "All Humans are Created at the Image of God".

- By a Welcome Coincidence, Poquillon's above-mentioned, latest formula, was almost Identical to a Similar, Topical Public Statement, made Recently also by new US President Don Trump, when he spoke, precisely, about "the UnBorn Children", (i.e. the Human Embryos), at this Year's "National Christian Breakfast", a big Traditional BiPartisan Gathering in North America, where he was very Widely Applauded at this juncture, (See, f.ex., at : .., etc). Significantly, Trump said that while he was (and still is) notoriously engaged in prolonged Talks with China's President Xi, (mainly on World Trade, but, naturally, without excluding a priori also an eventual USA - Chine Deal, (on the sidelines f.ex. of the occasion which might be given by an eventual Summit, in case of success), which could extend even to a Protection of Humanity from such Controversial and Dangerous, Heritable Artificial Manipulations of Human Embryos' Genome, (an Issue already discussed, in the Past, between China, USA and other such Global Players).   

- So that, when "Eurofora" asked COMECE's Secretary General to confirm whether he really meant that (as we had already observed earlier : Comp. Supra), EU's Lisbon Treaty's Post-2010 key Referneto "Human Dignity", precisely, should, normaly, Protect Human Embryos from any such Dangerous Heritable "Gene Editing", Frere Poquillon did Not Deny...

=> On the Contrary, he even took the Initiative to Add, Afterwards, that, in his view, this Issue should be Raised, asap, not  so much in EU Parliament now, (i.e. in the run up to the forthcoming EU - China Summit of April 9 in Brussels : Comp. Supra), but Rather vis a vis EU's "External Action", currently headed by the EU Commission's vice-President, and EU's High Representative, Frederica Mogherini, (former Italian Foreign Minister), as he Advised us in Conclusion.

 

 

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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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