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Turkish President Erdogan: Controversial Speech "on Terrorism" doesn't even mention ISIL+ !...

Written by ACM
Sunday, 04 October 2015
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*Strasbourg/Haute-Pierre/- Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, in a controversial Mass Meeting of some 12.000 Turkish immigants from various EU Countries at Strasbourg's South-western Residential Suburb "Haute-Pierre"'s  "Zenith" Building, normaly used for Rock Music Groups or Dancers, while officialy due to focus on a Speech "against Terrorism", nevertheless, did not even mention the Extremist Islamic Terrorists of "ISIL"s atrocious BeHeaders !

 

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Instead, he reportedly pushed the politicized Turkish Immigrants who had gathered there, (a Minority, compared to the 75.000 Turcs registered only in Strasbourg's regional Consulate), to impose "Multi-Culturalism" inside Europe, to which are notoriously opposed several mainstream EU Political Leaders, including German Chancelor Angie Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, etc., as well as, in general, all those who support, on the contrary, to foster Immigrants' Socio-Cultural Integration in European Society and to  strengthen the Popular Conscience of a Common European Identity and Values.

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That Issue has become, Today, even more Important than in the Past, inter alia, also because of an Unprecedentes "Tsunami" of many Hundreds of Thousands of Irregular Immigrants and Asylum Seekers through Turkey, which would reportedly attempt to Exploit that Massive Influx, in order to Push for More "Visas" to Turkish Immigrants, even more EU Funds to Turkey, and/or a Green Light for a Turkish Army-controlled "Corridor" violating Syria's (and/or Iraq's) Territorial Integrity.

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Even if the Orgaizers' anounced aim to gather "30.000" Turkish Immigrants from various European Countries, they reportedly Failed with "Only" some 12.000 poiticized Turkish Immigrants ; I.e. a Minority compared to the 75.000 Turcs registered as Voters just in Strasbourg Region's Consulate Nevertheless, that Massive Move inundated the South-Western Suburb of the City, "Haute-Pierre", which has a Total Population of about 15.000 Inhabitants, mainly Migrants from various other Countries, but has recently been seen a Rapid Growth of Islamisation, with 2 Local Mosques prepared, a Turkish School for Imams (all Appointed by the Turkish Government, and Not Elected by a Religious Community, as it has been observed in ECHR proceedings), etc., without any Jewish Synagogue or Boudhist Temple, but only 2 Small Christian Churches, of which, the Tiny Protestant Temple faced Repeated Aggressions a few Years ago, (f.ex., attempts to Burn it down, Candles and/or Religious Tissues Vandalized inside, even Bible Teared up, etc), while the Catholic Church was, almost simultaneously, obliged to set up a Closed Metalic Fence around it, for the 1st Time in 45 Years, after Many long-time European Inhabitants were, one after the other, recently pushed to Leave that Suburb and go Elsewhere...

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At Down-Town Strasbourg's Central "Place Kleber" Square,  at least 1.500 Counter-Demonstrators reportedly Denounced mainly the Turkish Government's contempt against Human Rights, Freedom of Speech and Democracy, accusing it also to push towards a War-like Conflict in the Kurdish Minority Problem, instead of Peace, and to be an "Accomplish of ISIL"'s Extremist Islamic Terrorists' atrocious BeHeaders.


ISIL has notoriously emerged mainly from Turkey's Borders to Syria and Iraq, and continues to use Turkey as a "Transit" for Recruitment of Djihadist Fighters, Smuggling of usurpated Oil/Gas, and Weapons' illegal purchase.

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Shortly before that, among Edrogan's Critics, even a Turkish Journalist, Editor of the richest Media of Turkey's Establishement : Hurriyet, who used tio be accompagnied by a Driver and a Body-Guard, was reportedly Attacked by 5 Thugs on his way back, right in front of his Family Home, hit and obliged to be Hospitalized, following recent Threats by a pro-Government Journalist who had warned him that he would be "Crushed like an Insect"....

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Meanwhile, the Offices of the pro-Kurdish "People's Democratic Party"(HDP) which had won 13% in the latest Elections were reportedly Attacked by Violent extremist Turkish Mobs who Destroyed their equipments, without any efficient protection of the Victims from the Turkish Police. After the multiplication of such Aggressions, HDP's Leader Selahatin Demistas, called for Europe to carefuly Monitor the current Pre-Electoral period in Turkey in order to Help Prevent more Anti-Democratic Violence, as he stressed Earlier this Week in Strasbourg at a COE's side-event, where he had been Invited by the President of the PanEuropean Organization's Parliamentary Assembly's EuroLeft Group of MEPs, Dutch Senator Tiny Cox, who spoke later on such Topical issues with "EuroFora".

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A Cold-Blood Murder of 3 Dissident Women of Kurdish origin, committed in Paris, France, by a Gunman who intruded in their House Offices  on January 2013, still remains officialy unelucidateted, and nobody among the Perpetrators and/or Istingators hasn't yet been Neither Found, Nor Punished, Contrary to ECHR's established case-law which asks the Contrary, in order to Protect the Human Right to Life, and despite an Audio Tape published at the Internet, which would reportedly reveal that the Killer was, in fact, recruited by the Turkish Secret Services.

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One of those 3 Murdered Women Murdered in Paris on January 2013 was living in Strasbourg's  "Haute-Pierre" Suburb, where Turkish President's Fans gathered Today (10/2015), only Months after Flags asking for "Justice" to be done by Ending Impunity on that Triple Killing's 3rd Anniversary, had joined Huge French Demonstrations against another Cold-Blood Killing in Paris, on January 2015, in the World Famous ISIL Terrorists' Deadly Attack against "Charlie Hebdo"'s Critical Journalists and Civilian Jewish People by 3 Gunmen, (See original "EuroFora's relevant Photo fromb those Popular Demonstations in Strasbourg).
 
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 Recently, bloody Clashes re-started again inside Turkey, mainly around its South-Eastern areas, of predominantly Kurdish Population, after an unprecedented Terrorist Attack which killed Dozens of Civilians, young boys and girls, volunteers ready to Help ReBuild the Syrian-Kurdish City of Kobane, notoriously attacked by ISIS' atrocious BeHeaders Terrorists since a Year :

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A Massacre for which ISIL claimed, indeed, the responsibility, while the Kurds blaimed  the Turkish "Deep State", triggering a growing series of Deadly Violent Attacks between the Turkish Police and Army from one side, and Kurdish Demonstrators and the PKK, from the other side, a long Peace process on the Kurdish issue and a Ceasefire deal having, meanwhile, ceased to exist.     

 

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But things become even more Nasty when one sees that Erdogan reportedly accused all the Arab Countries which had been in the Past Invaded and Occupied by the former Ottoman-Turkish Empire, mainly during Medieval Times, to have Fallen in a "Chaos" sice they had recovered their National Independence and Freedom after the Withdrawal of the Ottoman-Turkish Military Troops at the Beginning of the 20th Century : A move which, obviously, Fits the Denonciations, by various Critics, of the Turkish President's so-called "Hegemonic" visions over many Neighbouring Countries...


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Astonishingly, Today's Controversial  Mass gathering of more than 10.000 Turkish Immigrants supporters of Mr. Erdogan's Islamic Party, had been ...Refused in Brussels, but authorized only in Strasbourg, (even if Far Away from the Area of European Institutions, at the Other Side of the City, where EU Parliament starts its October I Plenary Session Tomorrow, Monday). A Fact which, as several Media reported,  Raises Critical Questions.


According to some Press Reports, (f.ex. by "RTBF", etc), the Turkish President's Controversial venue in Strasbourg's "Haute-Pierre" Suburb, together with more than Ten Thousand politicized Turkish Immigrants,  at the Eve of an Exceptionaly Important EU Parliament's Plenary Session here, where, inter alia, French President Hollande and German Chancelor Merkel are due to participate at a Unique Joint Debate with MEPs later this week, "might have anOther Aim: To Meet certain Lobbying or Pressure groups"...

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The Future will say whether this might include any  Turkish Influence Networks inside the EU Parliament and/or CoE, or not, Starting by the Following Days.

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People in Europe and the World expect from CoE to make a succes of its "Monitoring" for Human Rights and Democracy, despite difficulties, said Finland's President Tarja Halonen to "EuroFora" at a crucial moment for the mecanism built 15 years ago by the paneuropean organization which celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2009.

Halonen, known as "Mother" of CoE's "Monitoring" mecanism, a long-time MEP and former Foreign Minister before becoming Finland's President, holds a long experience in the mattter, after also serving twice as CoE and EU Chairwoman in the past. That's why she is well placed to judge how CoE's "monitoring" should deal today with some crucial issues of importance both to CoE and to the EU.

The move came just a Month before a crucial, last visit to Turkey, scheduled for June, by the President of CoE''s "Monitoring" Committee, Ukranian MEP Serge Holovaty, to finalize his Report on Ankara, the CoE Member State with the longest Monitoring procedure. From its results depends its overall credibility.

This is a Test-case, because, in fact, it's in order to avoid Sanctions threatened against Turkey by a CoE's Assembly's April 1995 Resolution for grave Human Rights violations, Democracy gaps, the continuing Military Occupation in Cyprus, the unresolved Kurdish problem, Aegean differend with Greece, etc., that MEPs decided to create, for the 1st time on April 1996, a "Monitoring" proces, allegedly destinated to check, without excluding Countries who did not fulfill all CoE's standards.

In the Past, the obliged withdrawal of Greece's Military regime and of its "Civil" cover-up out of the CoE had helped bring back Democracy in 1974. But, on the contrary, since April 1996, the idea was to "monitor" Human Rights' respect while keeping most concerned Countries inside the CoE. After Turkey's oldest example, this was extended also to several former "Eastern" European Countries, even if CoE's Assembly has imposed to some of them (fex. Ukraine, Russia, etc., after Belarus, Serbia, etc) various "Sanctions", that Ankara always avoided. Curiously more succesful even than .. USA itself, (a CoE "Observer" since 1995), which has been at least threatened with sanctions some years ago..

EU-effects of CoE's Monitoring process became obvious between 2001-2008, since the "closure" of this procedure, when CoE felt that a Country had met most of its Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law obligations, (i.e. the "Copenhagen Criteria" for the EU), helped trigger Negotiations with the EU for "Accession" or other closer relations : This occured already before the 2004 and 2007 EU Enlargements to former "Eastern" European Countries, as well as for the commencement of "accession" negotiations with Croatia, and of "open-ended" negotiations with Turkey in 2005.

    But a stricking new development are Holovaty's recent findings that on core Human Rights issues as Torture and Freedom of Expression, Turkey, even "5 Years after" CoE closed its "Monitoring", back in 2004, inciting EU to start accession Negotiations in 2005, still presents grave problems.

    His findings are of crucial importance after a 2008 CoE Resolution called, "if need be", to "seriously consider the possibility of Re-Opening the Monitoring procedure for Turkey" : A move which might affect Ankara's controversial EU bid, since EU Accession Negotiations are based on the Hypothesis that the Candidate fullfils the "Copenhagen Criteria" (See above)..
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    Holovaty expressed his will to check  "Matters still Outstanding" and  those that he "didn't have an opportunity to discuss" at an earlier visit this year, "in order to discuss the more complex issues in greater depth", at his forthcoming New Visit to Ankara, before the December 2009 EU Summit.  This is all based on the 2004 CoE Resolution which stresses that, CoE "will continue.. post-monitoring Dialogue with the Turkish authorities,...in addition to a 12-points list,..and on any Other Matter that might arise in connection with Turkey’s Obligations as a CoE member state".

    CoE's Resolution also asks  from Turkey "to secure the proper Implementation of Judgements, particularly in the Cyprus v. Turkey InterState case", of 2001, which concerns also the plight of many Hundreds of MISSING People. It adds Turkey's obligations to "execute" ECHR's Judgements in the Loizidou case,..and in particular adopt General Measures to avoid repetition or continuation of Violations found by the Court" to the detriment of Refugees.

    Nevertheless, Holovaty said to "EuroFora" that "MISSING" persons,"might be included" and cannot be excluded, but he has yet to examine the situation "to find out  which issues will be raised" to the Turkish Government.

    Therefore, "EuroFora" asked Halonen, as the Historic "Mother" of CoE's Monitoring mecanism, if she thought that, "whenever there are grave Human Rights Violations, as fex. "MISSING" persons, attested even by ECHR's judgements, they should be always checked by a Monitoring process. Or could they be forgotten ?"
    
     - "We (CoE) must be, at the same time, Fair, Realistic, but not in the mind that "now we have Forgotten", etc., replied to "EuroFora"'s question Halonen, speaking as a matter of general principle.

    - "When we think of those People that are suffering from the lack of Democracy, of Human Rights, and of the Rule of Law", "we should find a base on how to deal with the (Monitoring) system more rapidly"', she stressed.

    - "Sometimes it's very difficult to combine Transparency and Effectivenes together, particularly in this specific case", she went on to say. But, "I have not found a (CoE Member) Country who could be insensitive in this sens", Halonen answered concerning grave Human Rights violations attested by the ECHR.

    - "I have no ready-made answer. I have the expectations that you, in the CoE, will, step by step, find the different types of the monitoring systems."

    Also "because this is a part of the UN's Post-Conflict system, (fex. when it comes to Cyprus' MISSING persons), and it's a more Global system". So that, "If we make a succes in Europe, the others will follow", throughout the World.  "But they expect that we (Europe) are this opportunity, this Opportunity to make a Succes", Halonen concluded.

    In addition, she advised to extend CoE's Monitoring to all its 47 Member States, "because, as long as we hear that, all these monitoring systems are "OK for the neighbor, but not for me", "it's very difficult" to understand. Something which could make easier to Compare...

    Finnish MEP Jaako Laakso, former CoE Rapporteur on the Occupied Territories of Cyprus and one of the 5 Signatories of the Historic CoE's call to create the "MONITORING" mecanism since 1996, was more specific :  - "We (CoE Assembly) have to find a way for the issue of Cyprus' MISSING People to be better followed", he stressed, anouncing his intention to "speak to Mr. Holovaty" about that. "There might be also other ways", added Laakso.

    - The 2008 "Year had been a very Bad one for Turkey with regard to Human Rights in general, and Freedom of Expression in particular", denounced, meanwhile, Holovaty's preliminary Post-Monitoringh Draft Report by Holovaty, published by the CoE on April 2009.

    "Amnesty International believes that freedom of expression is not guaranteed given the various articles of the Criminal Code that restrict it. .. "For example, 1,300 Websites are said to have been closed down by the (Turkish) authorities in 2008" ! While "the new Turkish Criminal Code was used to bring a total of 1,072 proceedings between June 2005 and April 2008, and led to the conviction of 192 people", for expressing views. "Representatives of the Özgür Gündem newspaper, which specialises in Kurdish affairs, ..complained about Numerous Attacks on their Freedom of Expression ...as was everyone who advocated a settlement to the question by means other than the intervention of the army" "According to their figures, 19 Newspapers had been suspended 43 times between 4 August 2006 and 4 November 2008" !...

    Moreover, on 2008,  CoE's "Ministers adopted its 4rth Resolution on the execution of the judgments of the ECHR, ...and outstanding issues regarding 175 Judgements and decisions relating to Turkey delivered between 1996 and 2008...  concerning Deaths resulting from the excessive use of force by members of the Security forces, the failure to protect the right to life, the DIisappearance and/or death of individuals, Ill-Treatment and the Destruction of property". CoE's " Ministers urged the Turkish authorities ...to ensure that members of Security forces of all ranks can be prosecuted without administrative
authorisation" for "serious crimes". Holovaty reminded.

"Nonetheless", Holovaty heard anew of "Several cases of Violence committed last year (2008) by the (Turkish) security forces". Amnesty International speaks of Many Cases of ill-treatment and Torture in the prisons and by the police". "Including, fex."'the death of Engin Ceber, a young man of 29 who died on October 2008 as a result of the TORTURE allegedly inflicted on him by police officers, prison staff and members of the gendarmerie. He was part of a group of people arrested on September 2008 during a demonstration and Press Conference in Istanbul'. Proceedings against suspects are "on-going" in this case.

- " I therefore noted an Obvious Contradiction between the Government’s stated “zero tolerance” policy.... of Torture and other forms of ill-treatment, and the different testimonies given", denounced CoE's Rapporteur.  Turkish "authorities must make considerable efforts to guarantee that proper investigations are carried out into allegations of abuses by members of the security forces and that perpetrators are effectively punished" "In this respect, I have requested detailed Statistics on the number of Investigations, acquittals and convictions in cases involving allegations of abuse in order to show the positive impact of the measures taken to date", Holovaty said, repeating a permanently unsatisfied CoE's demand to Turkey since a Decade...

    - "The Political Crisis that shook the country in the spring of 2008 highlighted the Weaknesses of the (Turkish) Constitution", which comes from the Military regime of 1982, "and the Urgent Need of Reforms", stressed from the outset CoE's Rapporteur in 2009. In particular, "the ...Democratic functioning of state institutions, including the independence of the judicial system, are crucial", he observes.

    But, "the Electoral  system and the ways in which it is circumvented do not appear to give those elected complete Legitimacy, and tend to pervert the course of direct universal suffrage", denounces Holovaty, observing that, even 5 Years later, Turkey did not yet change the 10% nationwide Threshold for a party to take any seat, which is "far higher" than the "3%" maximum in Europe and already condemned as contrary to European Standards by the CoE.

    + Moreover, EU Parliament's 2009 Report on Turkey, drafted by Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijten and adopted in Strasbourg on March, expresses "Concern over the Failure of the (Turkish) Judiciary to prosecute cases of Torture and Ill-treatment, the Number of which is Growing". EU also "is concerned about continuing Hostility and Violence against Minorities" in Turkey. It also "calls on the Turkish Government to launch, as a matter of Priority, a Political Initiatve favouring a lasting Settlement of the Kurdish issue, (while "condemning violence.. and terrorist groups"). EU "regrets that No progress has been made on establishing full, systematic Civilian suprevisory functions over the (Turkish) Military".

    The final results of Holovaty's 2nd and last visit to Turkley will be known later this year, and, at any case, before EU's December 2009 Summit.

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