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CoE President-in-office Czech Culture Minister Herman:EU-CoE coop. on Human Rights+Cultural Heritage

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Moves for PanEuropean Cooperation on Human Rights' respect and European Cultural Heritage protection and promotion, starting from the Highest Level, were among the Key Measures anounced Today by the incoming New President-in-office of CoE's Highest Political body, that of its Committee of Ministers, Czech Minister of Culture Daniel Herman, in the presence of CoE's Secretary General, Thornbjorn Jagland.

- It's in Cooperation between EU Commission and the CoE that we shall Prepare the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, stressed Chairman-in-office Herman, before saluting kindly also "Eurofora" and leaving with Czech Ambassador Emil Ruffer to Strasbourg's Airport for a Flight to Prague, as he told us.

+ He also anounced that the Czech Presidency of the CoE, (for the Period of May - November 2017), will organize a High-Level Conference, with the Presidents of ECHR and EU's Court of Justice, as well as of All the Supreme Courts of CoE's 47 Member States, on "the Binding Nature of Judicial Decisions", on June.


That exceptional PanEuropean Top Conference is scheduled for 19-21 June 2017, at Brno, i.e. the "Judicial Capital" of the Czech Republic, where is Historicaly located its Highest Court, (that ECHR's President had visited, together with Prague, when he succesfuly contributed to dissipate the last hesitations for the Ratification of EU's Lisbon Treaty).

    - This is a Key part of the Main Priorities for the Incoming CoE's Czech Presidency, which also Decided to Take Over from the Concluding Cyprus' CoE's rotating Presidency, and Continue further on, their Common Priority for the development of the "Education on Human Rights' culture, as he anounced.

    - In fact, CoE is Important for us, also because it reminds that "We Belong to the European Family of Democracy and Human Rights' culture, Herman had stressed from the outset.

 

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    - In this regard, after refering, Earlier, to a Czech Exhibition on the Historic "Charter 77", which had notoriously contributed to prepare the ReUnification of Europe, CoE's twice elected Secretary General, Thornbjorn Jagland, (an Experienced former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister from Norway, as well as Top Member of Oslo NOBEL Peace prize Committee), clearly underlined, that, for the PanEuropean Organisation of Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, Nowadays, "the Number 1 Problem is ECHR Judgements' Execution" :


    => - "WithOut that, there is No Rule of Law, in Europe !", sternly Warned Jagland, (who had Earlier met with Herman in private).

 

    Today, however, the actual Chairmanship of CoE's Committee of Ministers' meetings specialy Dedicated to the Supervision of ECHR Judgements' Execution, have been taken over by the Dabnish Vice-Presidency of the CoE, (i.e. the Next CoE Chair, for the Next Period, starting after November 2017), according to a well established practice.

 

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But, since the current Danish Ambassador, Arnold de Fine Skibsted, was among those who reportedly stayed Longer, after a CoE's Ministerial meeting in Cyprus, "Eurofora", at least, attested, that the Forthcoming Danish CoE's rotating Presidency seems to take close Care in Preparing well the foreseable Future, as an original Photo of an involved Danish Diplomate's Family, clearly indicates...

 

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            Meanwhile, the European and Czech Flags flew at Half-Mast, in the usual CoE Ceremony for the New Presidency of the Paneuropean Organization, at Strasbourg's Historic City Hall, (where the CoE was Created, Back on 1949), and participants, (including CoE's Secretary General, Thornbjorn Jagland), kept 1 Minute of Silence, in Solidarity with the numerous Victims, innocent Civilian People Targetted and Killed or Wounded at a popular Musical Concert in Manchester (including Children) after being Brutaly Attacked by Cowards acting as Islamist Terrorists in the UK.  

 

         - "Culturaly, Great Britain is absolutely a European Country !". For this, and several other resaons, including the Future of Scientific Cooperation and Research, it would be a Catastroph if it really went away, cutting its relations with the EU, warned, later this Same Day, Strasbourg University's President, Michel Deneken, who had just participated in a Meeting of the 25 Biggest Universities of Europe at Cambridge, England.

 

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(NDLR : For other Statements by President Deneken, and his Replies to "Eurofora"s Questions, see a Specific NewsReport, at ....)

 

 

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  Ten Years of ECHR : 1998 - 2008 show need of Revival in 2009-2010 coinciding with 2009 EU Election
   

A threefold, coordinated move by new Top French Political actors in the 2009 EU Parliament Elections, expressed in Strasbourg a will to boost Europe's Political dimension close to Citizens' concerns, going from protection of Economy to defence of Human Rights.    

The move met an exceptional ECHR's call for a "revival" of Human Rights' protection mechanism', in a Mega-Conference, early 2010.   

Obviously focusing on June 2009 Elections to EU Parliament, it involved from the outset the recently nominated "dual" Head of French Governing Party (UMP)  Michel BARNIER and Rachida DATI :

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     - "As President Sarkozy has clearly said, we (France) are in favor of a Strong, Sovereign and Independent, Political Europe, which protects its Citizens, and not for a large Super-Market, nor for a Europe under influence",

    "This goes for everything, including Energy", added to "EuroFora" the experienced former EU Commissioner, Minister of Foreign affairs, currently of Agriculture and Sarkozy's new pick as Leader of the Governing party UMP to EU 2009 Election, Michel BARNIER                                              .                             

  - Human Rights are important because they are at the Heart of the Political Europe that we aspire for : I.e. a Europe able to act and protect its Citizens, stressed also the New French Minister for European affairs, Bruno LE MAIRE, while meeting Strasbourg's Journalists at his first visit to the CoE.   

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This is one of the main interests for CoE, which is also a natural place for cooperation between EU countries and Russia or Turkey, which was recently helpful at the Middle East crisis, he added.

The move gained momentum with French Minister of Justice, Rachida Dati's main observations at ECHR's 5Oth Anniversary :   

- "While we are seeking Europe's Borders and Identity, you (ECHR) remind us also of its Values", Human Rights, Dati noted.   

Citizens seek more and more often ECHR's help, and the tempo accelerates, Europa awaits a symbol, while national legal orders are not freezed   

And she expressed "support" to ECHR President Jean-Paul Costa's call to satisfy the vital need to revigorate the PanEuropean Court by deciding big changes at a High-Level Conference open to a large audience, a kind of "Etats Generaux" of Human Rights, at the beginning of 2010.       

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It's not so much the recently growing number of applications for Russia or Ukraine etc, which seems to be Costa's main concern : In fact, the cases declared "admissible" are much fewer...    

But rather the persistent violations of Human Rights, sometimes very grave (ie. murders, torture, abritrary deprivation of liberty, oppression of freedom of speech, destructions of homes/properties, etc), despite numerous, repeated condemnations by ECHR. So that CoE's Ministers, due to "supervise execution" of ECHR's judgements, are overloaded.   

F.ex. most Media noted that Turkey still remains, even in 2008, the 1st among 47 CoE member States in the number of condemnations by ECHR :  257, compared to 233 for Russia, with a population more than the double..    

The problem is that it's not the 1st time at all : During all the last Decade 1998-2008, Turkey was condemned by ECHR much more than any other State, and for particularly grave violations :   

- 1.652 condemnations, compared to 605 for Russia, 548 for Poland, 494 for France, 476 for Ukraine, etc.   

Italy's second place with 1.394 condemnations is a misleading false appearance : In fact, most of them (999) concern mere "procedural delays" in national courts. Same for France.   

On the contrary, Turkey was condemned 180 times for Killings, 192 times for Torture or Inhuman/Degrading treatments, 340 times for arbitrary deprivation of Liberty, 528 times for "Unfair trial", and 169 times for oppression of Freedom of speech, (etc). And the latest, 2008 numbers, indicate no change in this trend, (See supra).   

The current Spanish CoE Presidency (November 2008 - May 2009) has made of the implementation of ECHR's judgements its 1st Priority.   

ECHR's President, Jean-Paul Costa, stressed in its 2009 Annual Press Conference, CoE Member States' obligation to implement the judgements, according to Article 46 of the European Convention on Human Rights.   

Moreover, if CoE's Committee of Ministers delays to ensure implementation, then, the repetition of violations in similar cases provokes a multiplication of complaints tabled to the Court, which overload the mecanism for the protection of Human Rights, denounced Costa.          

A series of Debates on "the situation of Human Rights in Europe", focusing on the "need to fight against Impunity" of perpetrators of grave crimes, is  currently prepared by CoE's Parliamentary Assembly for the session of June 2009.  

The final Timing comes shortly AFTER the EU Elections, but the main Reports should have been adopted before.

Meanwhile, French President Sarkozy and German Chancelor Merkel's recent call "for a Political Europe" in 2009 EU Elections (See earlier "correspondence from Paris, Elysee Palace), seems more and more endorsed also by other EU Countries' Top MEPs :

Thus, f.ex., EU Parliament's 1st vice-President, Greek MEP Mrs Rodi KRATSA, speaking to "EuroFora", agreed that 2009 EU Election would be a "naturally good" opportunity to debate what really interests EU Citizens : "The Future of a Political Europe, able to face the Economic Crisis, with a Culture and identity which attracts the People"

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(Photo taken earlier during Sarkozy's 1st visit at EU Parliament, in 2007 : Sarkozy and Merkel's Ideas for a Political Europe inspire also other EU politicians accross the continent)..
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