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EUParliament's Ukraine Delegation Head, Rosati to EF on most Needed Reforms at Kiev before Elections

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Donnerstag, 19 April 2018
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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking to "Eurofora" after concluding an Important Meeting between EU and Ukranian sides in EU Parliament this Morning in Strasbourg, the President of EU Delegation, Dariusz Rosati, mainstream ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP from Poland, stressed mainly that "Support" to Ukraine's "Security" and "Reforms" Toped the Discussions, with the Fight against "Corruption" remaining as a "Starting" point, but also the General "De-Centralisation", despite an Initial "Success", still "Needing" to be properly Implemented in real practice (See Infra).

 

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Topically, this 2 Days-Long EU-Ukraine Association Committee's Meetings, which Extended from Yesterday, Wednesday Afternoon, until Today, i.e. Thursday Morning and Noon, (18-19 April 2018), took place Shortly Before the Forthcoming, Next Presidential Elections in Ukraine, scheduled at the latest on 2019.

 

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- Meanwhile, the Next EU-Ukraine Association Committee Meetings are due to take place "Probably in Kiev", EU Chairman Rosati announced Today.


- Questioned by "Eurofora" about "the Main Points", Now, of the Present Meeting, here in Strasbourg, he started by saying that EU expressed its "Support to Ukraine", from 2, parallel, Points of View :

 - I.e., "Support for Ukraine's Security and Territorial Integrity, that's one thing", he reiterated.


 - "And then, secondly, Support for the Process of Reforms", he added.


- Indeed, these Reforms are a Key point, "which, under the Association Agreement, was a Condition for Ukraine to come Closer to Europe", Dariusz Rosati clearly reminded, as a matter of Fact.


 - In this regard, "there is a Number of them" (Key Reforms).


 - Asked by "Eurofora" to Selectively point at "the Most Important, among them", Dariusz Rosati immediately Replied, by pointed, from the outset, at : - "Anti-Corruption I'd say, if I were to Start".


+ "Then, Privatisation, Electoral Law Reform, the Judiciary System", etc, he went on to selectively Add, apparently by approximative order of Priorities.


++ "And (general) DeCentralisation", he pointed out Afterwards. "Which has been a Success, But Needs to be Continued", as he stressed.


He Obviously refered to the General DeCentralisation Process, mainly of Administrative nature, and Not at all to the "Hot" Political Issue of a Deal on a Special Status of Regional Autonomy for the Dissident Eastern Regions of Donetsk-Luhansk, which Notoriously is a Key-Part of the Minsk Peace Agreements between Ukranian, Russian, German and French Leaders since February 2015 (See all the Original, Full Texts, published then by "Eurofora" at: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/fulltextsofallukraineagreements.html, etc), and even of President Poroshenko's initial Proposals' Highlights, (Together with priority Cease-Fire, but also Elections and Border Issues, subsequently), as they had been Briefly Resumed in his 1st Official Visit Abroad, at CoE's Paneuropean Parliamentary Assembly in Strasbourg, already as early as since June 2014, (Comp. f.ex. relevant "Eurofora"s NewsReports from that event at: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coevenicecommissiononukranianpresidentreforms.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coeandpoliticaldialogueinukraine.html , etc).


Indeed, as "Eurofora" witnessed earlier Today Morning in that EU Parliament's EU-Ukraine Association Committee's conclusion, various Practical Issues around the actual "Implementation" of those, still on the process, General DeCentralisation Reforms, were Widely and Actively Discussed among various Participants, on several concrete points.


Other Discussions among MEPs included the Electoral Law, as well as several Ukranian MEPs apparent Desire for a "Stronger Wording" in the traditional Joint Declaration's draft paper.


- Their desire probably concerned the "Number 1 Priority" for them : I.e. "to put and End to the War", still going-on "Less than 2.000 kms from Brussels", as an Experienced, Top Ukranian Diplomat from Kiev's Government, told "Eurofora", shortly afterwards.

However, he said that in EU Parliament's Building in Strasbourg, which is Located, Comparatively, even much More Closer to Ukraine...

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+ By a Surprizing Coincidence, Later-on this Same Day, USA's mainstream, Wash.DC. HeadQuartered Newspaper "Washington Times", just Published a fresh Article on Ukraine, Focusing, precisely, on the above-mentioned, Forthcoming Presidential Elections (Comp. Supra), where it makes a Strong Criticism mainly of the alleged "Corruption", still Tolerated, if not so much by President Poroshenko's Government, at least much more by a Wider "System" of "Oligarchs", (as various Ukranian a.o. People used to call their Establishment, already since Many Years Ago, as "Eurofora" had witnessed).

- So that, "Now Leading opinion Polls is a familiar face", according to Today's "Washington Times" : I.e. "former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko".  


Tymoshenko has Notoriously served also in Prison, at a recent Past, during Yanukovich former regime, but had also brokered, before that, a Gas-Deal between Ukraine and Russia, with President Vladimir Putin, and strongly Backed, Afterwards, controversial MP Nadiya Savchenko, who, after being Liberated by Russia from Prosecution Accusing her to have Helped Target and Kill Russian Journalists reporting on the Ukranian Conflict on the spot, and becoming later even a CoE Assembly's MEP in Strasbourg, she was, Recently, Banished from the current Kiev's Authorities reportedly for having Dared go Meet and Speak with pro-Autonomy Regions of Donetsk-Luhansk, seeking a Pan-Ukranian Dialogue, so that she was also Striped from her National Credentials to the CoE, ousted also from her former Party of YT (but Not yet Deprived from her MP Seat), and, Nowadays Accused and Jailed for alleged Violent "Coup" Attempt including "Terrorist" "Bombs" against the Parliament, etc., just a few Days after having, Initially Herself, Accused a Group of Politicians to have Staged and Covered-up the non-elucidated yet Deadly "Snipers" Killings, of Both Policemen and Demonstrators, which had notoriously Triggered the Bloody Clashes in Kiev on February 2014, Droping a written Peace-Agreement Compromise between the Government and the Opposition, signed under the auspices of EU Foreign Ministers from Germany, France and Poland, kick-Starting the Brutal Ukranian Conflict that Divided the European Continent.


Earlier, "Eurofora" had covered Yulia Tymoshenko's Daughter's and Lawyer's (nowadays CoE Assembly MEP) efforts, at the ECHR, to Protect and Free her from Jail on 2012 and 2013, (See, f.ex., among others, also : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/echrandeumovesontymoshenko.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/echrspokesmanandtymoshenkolawyezr.html , etc), as we had covered also former Ukranian President Yushchenko's EU Meetings, f.ex. since 2008 at Elysée Palace in Paris, and/or at the CoE in Strasbourg, (Comp.: in http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/irish/beneeuropehumanrights.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/ukraine.html , etc), but also his successor, President Yanukovitch official Visit to CoE's Assembly here on 2010 (See, f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/ukraineyanukovych.html+ http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/conservativesukraine.html , etc), and, naturaly, the incubent President Poroshenko, already from his 1st Visit to the CoE in Strasbourg on 6/2014 (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coevenicecommissiononukranianpresidentreforms.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coeandpoliticaldialogueinukraine.html)  up to the latest, on 10/2017 (f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/porosenkoukrainecypruscomparison.html, etc).

More Recently, "Eurofora" had, naively but substantially, Suggested to Yulia Tymoshenko, after meeting her anew at the CoE in Strasbourg on 9/2014, that, considering what she had offered, experienced and suffered, she might legitimately use the Flag of Human Rights in order to Try to re-Unite Together all People of Ukraine, both from the pro-Kiev National Government's side, and from the pro-Autonomy Dissident Regions of Donetsk/Luhansk, who have All Suffered from Sly Attempts to Provoke Deadly Conflict, (with Many Civilian Victims), and Divide a formerly Peaceful Country, but even all Europe. Something that, apparently, she did not exclude at all to consider, in one way or another, for the foreseeable Future, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/juliatimoshenkoforhumanrightsbridge.html , etc).

However, the above-mentioned "Washington Times"' Article published Today on Ukraine, prefers better to Back anOther Presidential Candidate for 2019 : Valeri Babych, an MP and Businessman, who has just declared recently his 2nd Candidacy for the Top Job, reportedly running on a Program referring to Morality, Human Capital and Health Care, as well as SME's Business, etc.


But, Nowaday, the Road to those forthcoming 2019 Presidential Elections in Ukraine, still seems somewhat ... Long, Bumpy, and UnPredictable.

 

 

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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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