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ECHR postponed Ukraine Hearing as Savchenko case impacts Election+Issue: + CoE's HR Director to "EF"

Written by ACM
Friday, 22 February 2019


*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- ECHR confirmed that it "Postponed" the 1st Grand Chamber's public Hearing of an Inter-State case on the Ukranian problem, initially scheduled on February 27, shortly after Nadejda Savchenko's affair's links to the Crucial forthcoming Presidential Election of March 31, as well as to the Political Issue itself, were highlighted by recent events, including relevant Statements to "Eurofora" both by ECHR's President, Guido Raimondi, and CoE's 1st PanEuropean Commissioner for Human Rights, Gil-Robles, added to CoE's Director General for Legal affairs and Human Rights, Christos Giakoumopoulos, (See Infra).

Savchenko notoriously was the World Famous Ukraine's Heroin, back on 2014-2016, when she spend 2 Years in a Russian Jail, accused to facilitate Air-clashes which killed 2 Journalists at the Donbass, before being exchanged with 2 Russian Prisoners from Kiev, hailed by President Poroshenko and elected as No 1 MP in former Prime Minister Julia Timoshenko's Party's list, selected as MEP to COE's Assembly in Strasbourg.


Already since 2015, she had evoked (in Reply to Questions) the possibility to become Candidate for the 2019 Presidential Elections, and on 2016 she Started to Organise a New Political Party, which was Registered on 2017, as a "Political and Social Platform for Hope", naming her its representative to that Top Election. On the 26th of January 2019, this Party's Congress, with more than 100 Delegates from allover the Country, reportedly confirmed Savchenko unanimously as its Candidate for a New President of Ukraine.

But since Savchenko had started to held Direct Talks with the Heads of the pro-Autonomy Regions of Donetsk/Luhansk, engage in Prisoners' liberation through exchanges, and search for "Missing" Persons, reportedly evoked a possibility for Kiev to let Crimea's return to Russia in exchange of Donbass' regions, focused against "Corruption", for Reforms, and mainly "Peace", arguing that the original "Maidan" Square Popular Movement's Ideals had been "Betrayed", etc., then, she was Striped from her MEP Status inside her Party and at the CoE, falling in Disgrace among Kiev's main Establishment.

Then, on 2018, immediately after she denounced a Senior Ukranian Politician to have pushed those Deadly "Snipers" who Killed both Policemen and Demonstrators, back on February 2014 at Maidan Square, provoking thus a Violent and Bloody Confrontantion which Cancelled a Peace Agreement (for General Amnesty, a Government of National Unity, Elections in that Year, etc), Signed by All Sides, under the auspices of French, German and Polish Foreign Ministers, resulting, Instead, to the Division and the Political Problem of nowadays Ukraine, suddenly, Kiev's Prosecutor accused her for ... "Terrorism", including an alleged Plan to Overthrow by Force the Governent, Bomb the Parliament, Kill President Poroshenko (etc), Arrested and Imprisoned her in Jail, where she is being Held for a Year (2018 - 2019) until now, facing prosecution which threatens from 5 Years up to Life imprisonment.


(See also: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coeandrussiain2019.html, etc).

The notorious incident of those strange, Deadly "Snipers" at Maidan square, (Comp. Supra), is also cited in a CoE's Report, prepared after enquiry by a High Level Panel headed by former ECHR President Sir Nicolas Bratza (UK), who Denounced the Lack of efficient Investigations by Kiev's Authorities on 2015.

=> So that, on 24 January 2019, the current ECHR's President, Guido Raimondi (from Italy), Replying to a relevent Question by "Eurofora", in his Annual Press Conference, ensured that, if an Application (on Savchenko's case) arrived to Strasbourg in that Context, then, the PanEuropean Court would certainly examine it very Seriously, (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/echrcavchenko.html).



- But on 7 February 2019, Kiev's Authorities Refused to register Savchenko as Candidate to the Presidential Election of March 2019, (where, on the contrary, about 50 Other Candidates were accepted), reportedly finding Pretext in the Fact that her current imprisonment Hindered her to deliver the required sum of Money for Registration on time, and stigmatized her, as so-called suspect for "Terrorism". 

(Previously, towards the End of 2018, the Jailed Woman had vainly declared another "Hunger Strike" in Prison, demanding from Kiev's Authorities to let her Access her personal Bank Account precisely in order to Pay the required Money for her Registration as Candidate to that crucial Election).

+ Shortly after that, on 15 February 2019, an Ukranian Court extended even further her ImPrisonment, for +2 Months more, until the 15 of April, (i.e. after the Elections).

=> Reacting, Nadeza Savchenko declared that "Time has come for Sanctions", "long overdue" particularly from "the ECHR", on those "Authorities of Ukraine" which are responsible for all that, Denouncing also the fact that the out-going President in Kiev, Pedro Poroshenko, "did Not make the Judicial Reforms that he had Promised", and accusing him to have "Lied".

++ In Addition, Later-on this same Month, for a Public Meeting at Kiev during the Week-End of 16 to 17 February 2019, Savchenko, (in a Message with a photo, brought by her younger Sister), stressed that "Citizens of Ukraine... have a Right to a Decent Life, Security and Justice", and launched a Wider Call for "a New Maidan" !

Already, the Initial information about those muysterious Deadly "Snipers", who curiously Targetted Both Policemen and Demonstrators, back on that Crucial Night of 22 February 2014, (provoking Violent Clashes, the Cancellation of a Peace Agreement, and the Division of Ukraine which has made much more than 10.000 Victims, including Many Civilian People), had been notoriously made (to former Foreign Minister of Estonia, Urmas Paet , currently MEP at EU Parliament, who said that to f. EU Commissioner for External affairs, Catherine Ashton, UK), by a Respected Lady, a Medical Doctor, working in one of the NGOs which were present at Maidan Square, (mainly on the basis of a striking Similarity of Victims' Wounds, Bullets' directions, etc) +Moreover, among various Other sources, even "New York Times" had observed, during those Crucial Kiev Events, (on 20 Feb. 2014), that "Snipers .... opened Fire, but it was Unclear which Side they were on", and that "Fighting Shatters Truce", (See: https://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/21/world/europe/ukraine.html).

- And Nowadays, as a Young PhD Researcher on "the role of NGOs in Conflict Resolution", studying precisely the case of "the Armed Conflict at Eastern Ukraine", (in cooperation between the French "Institute for Straregic Studies in the Military School", alias "IRSEM", and the "EHESS" : "Higher Education School  in Social Sciences"), told "Eurofora", during an Event organized by the Ministry of Defense, where "Eurofora" was invited Last Week in Paris, (See: ..., etc), indeed, even Today, many NGOs appear actively Engaged in trying to help find a Peaceful Solution to the Ukranian Problem asap.

=> Thus, such a kind of Original and Independent-minded, partly Civil Society - partly Populist approach, at Grassroots level, to boost Dialogue between all Sides, help settle the most Urgent Human Rights' Issues, while also aiming to actively contribute to Peace-building, as also Nadejda Savchenko seems to pursue, (at the Risk of her own Freedom, Career, Health and perhaps even Life), might be an Interesting and useful Voice to add in the Public Debate around the forthcoming Presidential Elections in Ukraine, which seem to be of Crucial lmportance for Key Political Developments in the foreseable Future.



- So that it wasn't a surprise when CoE's Experienced 1st PanEuropean Commissioner for Human Rights (1999-2006), Professor in Law, Alvaro Gil Robles from Spain, (brother of EU Parliament's former President, José María Gil-Robles y Gil-Delgado), speaking to "Eurofora" earlier on 2019 at the COE in Strasbourg, made it crystal-clear that, as a matter of principle, the above-mentioned Case of Nadezda Savchenko "is really Important".

- Even more interesting, the very experienced and well informed on the Ukranian issue, CoE's Director General for Legal affairs and Human Rights, Christos Giakoumopoulos, who served also as CoE's Envoy to Ukraine, speaking recently to "Eurofora" in Strasbourg on the Savchenko affair, seen particularly from the above-mentioned point of view, Strongly observed that it seems to Raise also Important Human Rights Issues "Similar to those of the well-known ECHR Judgements in landmark cases of Julia Tymoshenko v. Ukraine (2013), Lutsenko v. Ukraine (2012), as well as Mammadov v. Azerbaijan (2014) !".



- Indeed, in all these ECHR's Judgements, (alike Nadeja Savshenko's case: Comp. Suipra), the Victims were engaged in Opposition Politics, (former Prime Minister, former Minister, or co-Founder of a Party, respectively), well Known also for Criticizing the current Government on Topical Key Issues, and aimed to participate in a forthcoming Presidential Election, from which they had been Hindered or Refused, practically by the consequences of their Prosecution and Jailing. And, as ECHR noted, the Circumstances of their cases indicated that the Actual Purpose for which a State Authority had taken restrictive Measures against them, was, in fact, also "Other" from the Reasons for which they had been prescribed by law.

I.e., in order to "Punish" them for their Political Opposition, Criticism or perceived "Lack of Respect" to the Authorities, and/or to Silence them for attempting to Disseminate what they believed to be True information, which the Government was trying to Hide, etc.

F.ex., at Tymoshenko's case ECHR pointed also at a "Punishment" for alleged "Lack of Respect" to the Ukranian Cour ; in Lutsenko's case, ECHR pointed mainly at his attempts to Speak out to the "Medias" ; and in Mammadov's case, ECHR pointed, in particular, at a Publication in his Blog about alleged Causes for a Popular Unrest in a remote Village.

That is to say, something very Similar to the  "Hotter" Savchenko's Denonciations (made at a Press Conference) on who had pushed the Deadly Kiev's "Snipers", who Murdered, provoked a Violent Conflict, and Topled a Peace Agreement signed by all Sides under EU Auspices, triggering the present Ukranian Problem, which has already Killed more than 13.000 People, Divided Europe and even Hampered its Economic Growth, (as f.ex. OCDE's Head, Angel Guria, has observed to "Eurofora", See: ...).

=> That's why, ECHR's established Case-Law, taking also into account the supplementary Fact that the Victims had been Hindered to Participate in Key forthcoming Elections, Contrary to their Wish, (Comp. Supra), concluded, in all such cases, that the respondent State "had Violated the Article 18 (Legal Purpose) in conjunction with Article 5 (Personal Liberty)", of the European Convention of Human Rights, because Restrictive Measures (as Jailing, etc) had been taken for "Purposes Other than those for which they have been prescribed", underlined Giakoumopoulos in Reply to an "Eurofora"'s Question on the Savchenko case.

+ Moreover, in the present case, it would also be Natural for ECHR to seek to take into Account Savchenko's personal Testimony, as an alleged Witness of mainsteam Kiev Politicians' implication in the affair of those Deadly Kiev's "Snipers" at Maidan Square on February 20, 2014, which topled a Peace Agreement signed by all sides, and triggered the Ukranian Problem, (Comp. Supra), BEFORE EuroJudges procede to that initially scheduled Public Hearing of the 1st InterState case "Ukraine v. Russia", initially due for February 27. Probably, that might be one of the Reasons for which it was suddenly "Postponed" sine die, (Comp. Supra).

    ++ In Addition, it has just been announced officially that UNO's World Council on Human Rights, at nearby Geneva, is due to Examine also the situation in Ukraine, during its Annual Session of 25 February  - 22 March 2019, including with an Interactive Debate on 20 of March...








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After EuroZone Paris Summit's succes, Sarkozy calls to "think anew how to re-construct Europe !

"EuroZone and EU Institutional debates pave the way to 2009 discussions on EU Future, including Enlargment, Turkey etc. ?

23 October 2008

After EU Parliament strongly suppported in 3 successive Votes this week in Strasbourg French EU Chairmanship's move to boost Euro-Group at EU's core, while ideas on EU Institutional problems are awaited on December, "it's an open Question now" if this may lead to a debate on EU's Future, or not, told us French President, Nicolas Sarkozy''s Spokesman, Pierre-Jerome Henin.

MEPs voted on Thursday fresh Funds to support EuroGroup, after adopting on Wednesday a Resolution asking a "further Evolution" to "the 1st ever meeting of Heads of State and of Government of the Euro-Zone, taking decisions in that capacity", while earlier this week a Report asked "a stronger Institutional setting" for "EuroGroup", extended from "competitiveness/industry" to "environment, employment and education", with "increased powers for Political decision-making", according to a text drafted by French MEP Francoise Beres and German MEP Werner Langen, "10 Years after the creation of Euro" (1999 - 2009).

- Brussels' subsequent "EU Council ..(simply)..ratified the measures decided by EuroGroup on October 12" in Paris, which "were necessary to contain the current Financial Crisis", Resolution observes, expressing also support to the new process succesfully initiated by Sarkozy and due to be completed by agreements with USA and other countries at a Global level.

From now on, it's between two differend but parallel moves : EU's delay, and EuroZone's acceleration, that Enlargement and particularly Turkey's controversial EU bid, will have to search its way :

Indeed, EU's 27 expect a "Roadmap on how to deal with the Irish problem" on Lisbon Treaty ratification after December, risking to pass even 2009 Elections and next Commission with the old Nice Treaty of 2000, out-dated and unfit even for 2004's Enlargement...

On the contrary, EU's core launches a real "Economic Governance for EuroZone at the highest level of Heads of State/Government" of the 15, which started in Paris on October 12 and was strongly supported this week in Strasbourg by Sarkozy and EU Parliament.
- "It's a good idea, to launch such a debate ("on EU's Future") in EU Parliament in view of 2009 Euro-Election : Perhaps some MEPs will seize an opportunity", told us mainstream French MEP Alain Lamassoure, former EU Minister and EU Spokesman for France's governing party UMP.

- "All MEPs' debates on such EU Councils are also part of the larger debate on Europe's future : Now with EuroZone, and even more when, on December, Irish Prime Minister is due to table proposals in Strasbourg on how to deal with EU Treaty's ratification", replied earlier to our question EU Parliament's Press Director and Spokesman, Jaume Duch.
Sarkozy has formally anounced his intention to open EU Debates on Economy, Identity/Enlargement (i.e. mainly Turkey), etc. both linked to a popular Political view of Europe, since his Historic speeches on EU in Strasbourg, on February and July 2007, when he stressed that "Europe needs a New Renaissance". At the beginning of the French EU Presidency, on July 2008, replying to a MEP, he suggested that EU Parliament takes an active part in Debates on EU's Future.

- Now, in 2008, "Crisis are an opportunity to re-think how to re-construct Europe", Sarkozy stressed. At any case, the Historic 1st EuroZone Summit of Heads of State/Government, which started replying to the Financial crisis,"is a Turning Point : After that, Europe cannot be governed as before, but differently" : People "like a Europe with Strong Will".

- "We must make the System move !", "Europe needs Innovation" and free political debates. EU "Elections are in a few Months", Sarkozy warned.

He invited EU Parliament to fully play its role as "the Democratic Heart of the Europe we want : United, Independent and Voluntarist, because the World needs Europe's voice".

- "It's no more possible for Euro-Zone to continue without an Economic Government" at the Highest Level of Heads of State/Government, who provide "Democratic Legitimity" and can take important decisions, he announced, strongly supported by EU Parliament's Economic Committee which just voted to boost the "Institutional" aspects of "EuroGroup".

Plasticity offered by the current absence of a special Treaty on EuroZone's Institutions "made it easy to adapt the organization of the 1st Summit with imagination, to efficiently meet urgent needs", he observed, on the occasion of Brittish Prime Minister's exceptionnal presence at the greatest part of EuroGroup's Paris Summit.

- "In EuroZone we have the same Bank, the same Money, and, thus, a same duty for Unity" : "By bringing together EuroGroup's 15 members States we suceeded to find a solution and prepare a Giant Plan of 1.800 Billion euros", Sarkozy reminded of Paris' 1st Historic EuroZone's Summit.

Afterwards, Brussels' EU Council followed the move, and USA's Paulson II Plan was inspired from that. "Europe must promote the idea of Global Economy's Refoundation", he stressed.


- "I was frankly astonished when I found, at the EU, a rigid system, where any New Idea was seen from the outset as a sacrilege, while, on the contrary, Europe needs Innovation !", he described.

F.ex. ,"'When we first spoke about the "Union for the Mediterranean", it was misunderstood as something extraordinary.. When later we had the Russia -Georgia crisis, it seemed against EU's custom to act "in the middle of August", instead of staying a passive spectator ! And when, in front of the Financial ciris, we gathered the 1st EuroZone Summit of the "15", some thought of it as a lese-majesté", he denounced.
On Geo-Political Principles :
- But, by moving resolutely, "EU obtained the ...withdrawal of Occupation Troops in 2 Months !", reminded Sarkozy, observing that Russia "fulfilled its commitments", in the Georgian crisis, where a "disroportionate reaction" from Moscow followed a "totally inappropriate action" from Tbilisi's troops. "It would be crazy to reply by military means : EU should not become accomplice of another Cold War, imposed by lack of cool heads".. as he said.

In future, "the creation of a common European Economic Area with EU and Russia, would also obtain a raprochment on our Human Rights and Democratic Values", added Sarkozy, in a statement which should logically be applied, a fortiori, to controversial EU "candidate" Turkey..

Particularly when, the same week that EU Parliament voted 2009 EU Funds for Turkey's controversial EU bid, ECHR took a series of judgements condemning Turkey for grave Violations of Human Rights, such as : Torture, death of a political prisoner in unclear circumstances followed by failure to conduct a proper Investigation, "enforced Disappearance" of a youngster aged 17, Killing of a sepherd with Tank Shells, persecuting Journalists for articles on "Missing" People, even a former President of Human Rights' Association, (etc)

- "We (EU) can defend our ideas on respect of Sovereignity and territorial Integrity, on Human Rights and other differences ... without confrontation", Sarkozy stressed, on the occasion of Russian/Georgian conflict, reminding that : "we were only 2 steps from catastroph", when a Peace agreement brokered in Moscow prevented, at the last minute, Russian troops' advance towards Tbilisi.

An EU Parliament Resolution adopted Wednesday in Strasbourg on the occasion of Russia - Georgia conflict, outlines a set of Principle which apply elsewhere too, (particularly when EU Rapporteur for Russia and Turkey is one and same person ; Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijtanen !)

Clearly rejecting any "military solution to the conflicts", MEPs "condemn ..all those who resorted to force and violence". They denounce a "disproportionate military action", "as well as (an) unilateral decision to recognise the independence" of brekaway regions, "calling.. to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity" of the concerned country, "and the inviolability of its borders recognised by all EU Member States". They warn that "EU must review its policy towards" a 3rd Country, "should .(it)...not comply with its commitments", and "stress that the withdrawal of.... troops from the areas ....is an essential additional step".

EU Parliament "calls for the safe and quick return of refugees, (accepted by Russian President Medvedev) accompanied by the deployment of EU observers on the ground", and "regrets ...that ..EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) is not allowed to enter the ...breakaway regions". Moreover, "It's important to ensure that persons and NGOs ..engaged in defending human and civil rights can operate". "Until ...all remaining issues (are) resolved..., and notably the continuing ...Military presence", "relations with the EU ..cannot be fully normalised", MEPS warned.

As nobody likes to be accused to practice "Double Standards", this should be regarded as "Principles" applicable to any Third Country at EU's Neighborhood.. No ?


On Economy :

- "When Financial crisis shook US and EU's Banks, without result from the 1st (American) Paulsen plan, it was the common reply of the 1st EuroZone's Summit, involving some 1800 Billion euros, which started a positive move in the markets, soon strengthened by the follow-up of the US Paulson 2 Plan, noted Sarkozy.

- "Europe should not be only on the defensive, but, if necessary, know also how to take an offensive", he said, brushing away hesitationsto act on Economy: - "I'm for a refondation of Capitaliism, but against Speculators, who betray its values" : "Lack of Rules was profitable to speculators, Not to businessmen !" We must make sure to prevent any such crisis in future". "We, the rest of the World, cannot continue to bear the deficits of the 1st World power without saying anything !", the French President said, applauded by EU Parliament. All this needs "a New Global Governance", on which EU Parliament must debate. That's why "we proposed together with USA, several Summits from mid-November", to which G-8, enlarged to China, India a.o. countries, should participate. UNO's SG; Ban Ki Moon, the IMF, etc.

Financial crisis lowered shares' prices even for healthy companies, sometimes to 1/3 of their initial price, so that strangers might buy EU industries for only a portion of their real value, and Europeans may wake up one day with their main industries sold out to foreigners !

That's one of the reasons for which EU should debate about creating "Golden Shares" for States to jointly take Strategic participations to help European Industries until the end of the Crisis, particularly against distording competition, he suggested, pointing at USA's 35 billion $ plan for American Car Industry."We shall struggle for Europe to be able to build Airplanes, Ships, Trains, Cars, because we need a strong Industry", he concluded.

"F.ex. as we did back in 2004, when as Finance Minister, we bought Alsthom's shares for 800.000 euros, and, after restructuring, we sold them for 2 Millions : Help a company and make money is not so bad"...

As for the UK, "when Ireland announced that it would guarantee only Irish Banks, London City emptied from liquidities in 24 hours : It's the EU which helped to restore the situation, Not the UK alone !", reminded Sarkozy to nationalist British MEP Nigel Farage.


On the contrary, in a last-minute attempt for the EU to catch-up with its Institutional delay "before the European Elections" of June 2009, MEPs simply voted a call for a "set of proposals" to be made for the "Irish public opinion" at the end of the year...

- "As long as Lisbon Treaty is not ratified by all 27 EU Member States, there is an unanimous decision to stop Enlargement, reminded Wednesday in Strasbourg the French Minister for EU affairs, Jean-Pierre Jouyet..

Added to an indirect but clear warning that, without Lisbon Treaty, all 27 EU Member Countries may not have a Commissioner in the 2009 resuffle, MEPS in the Constitutional/Foreign affairs Committees applauded hoping that this might motivate their Irish friends..



2009 EU Elections were won by Parties against Technocracy and Turkey's controversial EU bid, while the 1999-2004 Majority Abstention trend decelerated. What should be done in 2009-2014 ?


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