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CoE Official points at Report citting EU-CoE Coop. versus Turkish Blockade of ECHR rulings Execution

Written by ACM
Thursday, 21 January 2021

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- CoE Assembly's Experienced CEO, Wojciech Sawicki, speaking to "Eurofora" a.o. Journalists Invited to the Video-Press Briefing on the forthcoming 1st 2021 Plenary Session (25-28 January) of the PanEuropean, 47 Member Countries-strong (Russia included) Parliamentary body, under German Chairmanship (November 2020 - May 2021), Pointed to the Importance of a New Report on ECHR Judgements' Execution, which might Hold a "Key" on Solving the Deleterious for Basic Human Rights Problem of Turkey's stubborn Refusal to Implement ECHR's Judgements Condemning her on particularly "Hot" Issues, such as Cyprus' "Missing" People and Refugees from the Occupied Territories of the Island, even More than 45 Years since the 1974 Foreign Military Invasion by Ankara's Army, still Persisting at this Strategic EU Island until Nowadays.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Contrary to what has already happened in Other Areas of the World, including Even Latin America, etc., and Despite ECHR's Crystal-Clear Case Law, Nobody has yet been Found and Punished among those Responsible for Tragic Dramas inflicted by Turkey among more than 1.500+ Greek Cypriot "Missing" People and their Families, while Many ECHR's Judgements Condemning Turkey for blatant Violations of Cyprus' Refugees/Displaced People's Rights to their Family Homes and Properties, Still Remain Scandalously UnImplemented, withOut Restitutions, not even Full Indemnisation, (but Only 1 Partial Exception dating from 2004, made in Exchange of a Political Concession by the EU, then).

    But a New CoE Report's Recent "Addendum" on ECHR Judgements' Implementation might hold a "Key" in UnLocking Turkey's Stubborn Obstruction at "Hot" Human Rights Issues, such as "Missing" People or Refugees from Cyprus' Invaded and Occupied Territories still held by Ankara's Foreign Army.

    - Despite some Pressure to Stop PACE's Tradition for such Regular Reports, Public Debates and Resolutions voted by MEPs, on ECHR Judgements' Execution, Nevertheless, -"We (CoE's Assembly) Insist" to Continue doing so, Firmly Stressed the Experienced CoE's Senior Official, since this Obviously Allows to Openly Denounce various eventual Wrong-doings, Propose and/or Promote Alternative Solutions, Call for possible Sanctions against Too much Recalcitrant States, (as, particularly, Turkey, a.o.), etc, Instead of merely Swiping it all Under the Carpet...

    => In this case, the Latest "Addendum" to the bi-Annual PACE Report on ECHR Judgements' Application, Drafted by Cypriot MEP Eftymiou (an Atypical "Socialist"), indeed, contains a very Interesting Hypothesis :

    - In order to Overcome Turkey's Stubborn Refusal to Pay Any Financial Indemnisation of Greek Cypriot Refugees for the Persisting Usurpation of their Belongings at the Occupied Territories of Cyprus, a Refugee lodged a Legal Complaint allowing him, as well as other Victims, to seize an equivalent amount from EU Funds earmarked for Turkey's controversial and unpopular EU "Accession" bid...

 => After an Initial EU Commission's Refusal, that Case, originaly known as "Ramon v. Turkey", Recently came at EU's ECJ at nearby Luxembourg, where it's now Pending.

  It practicaly means that, Now, ECJ holds a "Key" able to UnBlock a Previously Deadlocked and Scandalous Situation, where Turkey was Refusing for Many Years to Implement ECHR's Judgements on Refugees' Homes and Properies, or "Missing" Persons' Families, etc., (Comp. Supra), withOut leaving, Until Now, Any Other Alternative to the CoE's Committee of Ministers, responsible for overseing ECHR Judgements' Execution, but Only an inevitably ..."Majochistic" Repetition of purely Verbative CoE's "Calls" upon Ankara to, at last, Honour its Commitments, with Turkey Always Refusing to do so, during too Many Years, withOut Any Sanction Yet... (See, f.ex., at: .., etc).

In Other Words, from now on, EU-CoE Cooperation Can Solve a serious Problem about ECHR Judgements' Respect by Turkey, which had Ridiculized recently the PanEuropean Mechanism for the protection of Human Rights.

 Significant of the Importance that PACE currently Gives to that New Report for ECHR Judgements' Execution is also the Fact that it was the 1st Report citted at Today's Video-Press Briefing on the forthcoming 1st PACE Plenary Session for 2021, and is also Scheduled to be the 1st CoE's Report due to get Debated and Voted, Next Week, Starting from Tuesday, Jan. 26...

 


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    An "Eugenic" loophole Amendment, which might expose to Dangers reminiscent of "3rd Reich's" notorious Genetic Abuses, hidden at the last minute inside an otherwise Good, larger Health policy Package scheduled to be voted on Thursday, was strongly denounced by a coalition of MEPs from various Political Groups and Countries, in a Press Conference held this afternoon at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    Mainly calling to "Select Human Embryos", via "Genetic Counselling" and "pre-implantation" Techniques including "Genetic Tests", in order to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", it might open ways to Dangerous Practices in Future, they denounced in substance.

    But they also made it clear that a much larger Report inside which this Controversial Amendment "No 15" was added in dubious circumstances, officialy destinated to struggle against "Rare Diseases", and drafted by Professor Antonios Trakatellis, was otherwise "an Excellent Report", aiming at a "completely Uncontroversial target" of Health policy on which "all MEPs and Experts are united, believing that Europe should act" to protect People's Health (See "EuroFora"'s earlier News).

    The controversy came at a particularly delicate moment for the EU in relation to Citizens, at the eve of June 2009 EU Elections, and shortly before Ireland re-votes for "Lisbon Treaty"..    

- Denouncing risks of "an Eugenic demand, very similar to what we had during the 3rd Reich in Germany, but now coming from some Scientisists themselves", German ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Dr. Peter Liese stressed that critical MEPs were against "Eugenic" engineering with "Selection of Human Embryos", and anything which might ultimately lead up to to a "Selection of Human Race". It doesn't help to "eradicate" Human Lives, he added.


    Several Experts and NGOs expressed "Deep Concern", as f;ex. DR M.C. Cornel of the "European Society of Human Genetics", which stressed, on this occasion, that "the importance of Non-Directiveness in Reproductive issues is a Central characteristic of Human Genetics, after the Atrocities committed in the name of Genetics in the first half or the 20th Century".

     - "This is completely Unacceptable", stressed Italian Liberal MEP Vittorio Prodi, on the Controversial Amendment, also because pushes to "eliminate early Human Life", as he noted.

     - "This opens a Dangerous Road, rather a Motorway", denounced Danish MEP Mrs Margrette Auken, from the "Greens", observing that various similar attempts were made in the Past "not only in Germany, but also in several other Countries, "even at the 1970ies", "f.ex. on forced Sterilisation of Roma" People, and other criticisable situations f.ex. in the UK, in Sweden, etc. as she said.

    + Other NGOs, as f.ex. "LebenHilfe" from Berlin, added that, among various other Risks, could also be that, by exploiting the pre-implantation Genetic Diagnostics and the Selection of "healthy" Embryos, some may "propagate" several "Eugenic" aims, starting f.ex. by pushing to eradicate Human Livies which might "Cost too much" to preserve, ultimately exposing to dangers reminiscent of the "3rd Reich"'s atrocious abuses.

    In consequence, ChristianDemocrats/EPP and "Green" MEPs "decided by Majority to vote against" this Controversial Amendment, anounced to Journalists the 5 MEPs who participated in the Press Conference, representing a wide spectrum, from Liberals to "Greens" and ChristianDemocrats, and from Hungary, Italy, Germany and Danemark up to Ireland (Gay Mitchell), etc.
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    Hungarian ChristianDemocrat MEP Laszlo Surjan said "that it was "Suddenly, at the End of the Procedure" in Committee, that "appeared this (Controversial) Amendment, which has nothing to do" with the main purpose of the Report, on which all agreed.

    He denounced an "Unhonest" move, and called to "avoid this kind of unacceptable situations". Nobody should "Select People", Surjan stressed.

    - "We (MEPs) had No Chance to Discuss" this last-minute Amendment earlier added at a Committee's level, said German MEP Peter Liese

    Speaking to "EuroFora", Dr. Liese, the Spokesman of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group in EU Parliament, said that MEPs didn't oppose other references of the Report f.ex. on "Genetic Tests", because they were "no proposals" to impose them, while, on the contrary, there was "a Problem" if anyone attempted to "impose" f.ex. this or that Genetic Technique and "Genetic Counselling", etc. to the People on human reproduction.
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    Controversial parts of Amendment No 15 ask mainly "to lead finally to the Eradication" of "Hereditary" "rare diseases", "through Genetic Counselling .., and ..pre-Implantation Selection of healthy Embryos".

    But  EU Rapporteur Professor Trakatellis, said to "EuroFora" that fears should be alleviated by Guarantees that all this should be done only "where appropriate", when it's "not contrary to existing National Law", and "always on a Voluntary basis", according to other Parts of the Amendment.

    He stressed that the main aim was to allow "a free and informed choice of persons involved", without imposing them anything :  - "It's not an obligatory, but advisary" text, he said.

    To make that point clear, he was ready, in agreement with many MEPs, to eventually drop at least that part of the controversial Amendment which initially called for "efforts to ..lead finally to the Eradication of those rare diseases" "which are Hereditary".

    But, until late Wednesday evening, reportedly together with many other MEPs, he stood by all the rest of the controversial Amendment, (fex. on the "Genetic Counselling" and the "pre-implantation Selection of healthy Embryos"), so that critical MEPs, going from ChristianDemocrats as Dr. Liese, to "Greens" or "Ind/Dem", observed to "EuroFora" that "this was not enough" to close the dangerous loophole.

    Particularly since, as Professor Trakatellis noted himself, "this is already allowed to the U.K.", and "other National Legislations would probably follow, sooner or later" in a similar direction. As for a general call to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", this "should happen, at any case, in practice, de facto", to protect public Health.

    On the contrary, "our goal should be to help patients suffering from rare diseases, not to eradicate the patients. In case of genetic disease risk, the decision should not be guided by scenarios" made by politicians. "Perents who may decide to accept a child, even if handicapped or with genetic disease, must be respected and supported with solidarity", critical MEPs stated.

    - "Any Pressure" to "a patient or couple (who "should be able to make an informed choice consistent with their own values"),"from health Professionals, Public Health Policies or Governemental Institutions, or Society at large, should be avoided", stresses the "European Society for Human Genetics".

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Each MEP's vote will be registered !

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The Socialist Group requested a "Split vote" on the Amendment 15, first without, and afterwards with the words "lead finally to the Eradication" etc.


    But the first "split vote" leaves intact all the other parts of the Controversial Amendment, (i.e. "Genetic Counselling", "Selection of healthy Embryos", etc).

    That's why, 3 Groups of MEPs : ChristianDemocrats/EPP, "Greens/EFA", and "Ind/Dem", have asked for "Roll Call Votes", on everything regarding the Controversial Amendment No 15, and on the final outcome of the resulting Report as amended, which will register all the individual positions to be taken by each MEP.   

Something which will obviously make each MEP think twice before voting for one or another choice, to be sure that he/she will make the right choice in front of EU Citizens, particularly at these pre-Election times...


    Crucial Votes were scheduled between 12 Noon and 1 p.m. local Strasbourg time, in the middle of a long series of various other Reports, and after a long Public Debate on the larger Health policy package, from 9 to 11.50 am.

    The specific Report inside which was hidden the controversial Amendment is due to be debated between 11 and 12 am.

    So that more last-minute Surprises may not be excluded a priori...

    Particularly at the present Historic moment, when even the Institutional Future of the EU depends on the result of a second Referendum on "Lisbon Treaty", later this year, in ...Ireland, a mainly Catholic country, where People are particularly sensitive in such kind of socio-cultural and values issues...
 

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