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EURapporteur on WhistleBlowers French MEP Roziere to EF: Assange should be Protected !

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 16 April 2019

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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- In Principle, Assange should be given an Asylum in Europe, from Extradition to the US, Replied bis to an "Eurofora"s Question the EU Parliament's Rapporteur on WhistleBlowers' Protection, Virginie Roziere, French Radical/Socialist (Center-Left) MEP.


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 - "According to Press Reports, the New French State Secretary on EU Affairs, (Amélie de Montchalin), would have declared that it should be considered whether to give Assange an Asylum in Europe, in case of Extradition demand. Even if this may not be foreseen yet by the current EU Law on WhistleBlowers (which, for the moment, limits Protection in cases of Natural Environment, Corruption, etc), de lege lata, at least, "de lege ferenda", and from a Political (principles') point of view, according to your Experience, (also as EU Parliament's Rapporteur on WhistleBowers' Protection), what do you honestly think that should be done in this case ? Should there be any Protection from a European side, or should he be Extradited ?", we asked.

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 + Taking also into account the Fact that, "in this case, it's a very Particular affair, because it's not only about someone who reveals a truth, or not, but also about Helping, in addition, Others to reveal" certain truths : "It has a Double Aspect", (from the WhistleBlowers' point of view), "Eurofora" observed, as far as "Wikileaks" Founder and Editor is concerned.

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- Indeed, "if we Focus on the Spirit, and the Political Aim of the Law (EU Directive) that we (EU Parliament) Voted Today, Julien Assange should be Protected !", EU Parliament's Rapporteur on WhistleBlowers clearly Replied positively to the above-mentioned "Eurofora"s question.

- This "should be done by some (EU) Member States, because Asylum is given by States, not by the EU itself", she technically reminded in this egard.

 - "Perhaps, the EU should Find a Member State to give Asylum to Julian Assange, while being Supported by many Others" (EU Countries+), she practically suggested. "Because, in such kind of issues, often individual States Hesitate to indispose alone such an important international partner as the USA".

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- Thus, at any case, "Yes, I think that, indeed, We Should effectively give him an Asylum, regarding USA's demand for Extradition !", EU Parliament's Rapporteur on WhistleBlowers positively Confirmed, in her reply to the above-mentioned "Eurofora"s Question.

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- However, "I'd give a Different Opinion on Sweden's demand, which is a European Country, and well Advanced on WhistleBlowers' Protection, so that it's not so much Suspected from this point of view, and, for Sweden, the point is about (alleged) Rape and Sexual Relation, and even WhistleBlowers should have to Reply to Justice vis a vis such kind of Accusations, so that I find normal for Assange to Explain himself vis a vis the Swedish Courts", she added, from a Different point of view.

- "But, there, we are Far Away from the issues of (EU's Directive on) WhistleBlowers, and we are facing issues of Ordinary Law", she concluded.

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+ Asking and Receiving by EU's Rapporteur the chance to Add an Observation, as far as the Main thrust about Asylum from Extradition to the US was concerned, "Eurofora" noted the Fact that, "also in the USA, there is a Debate about Assange, where Contradictions exist at all political sides, even inside the Governing political family.

 

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>>> Indeed, f.ex., at the mainstream Conservative NewsMedia "Fox News", the popular Journalist, (allegedly Favorite also of new US President Don Trump), Tucker Carlson, stressed, in a Special Edition focused on "Wikileaks"' Founder, that, in fact, ""Assange’s real sin was preventing Hillary Clinton from becoming President", (when she was Candidate of the "Socialists"/Democrats, back on 2016)...

=> Therefore, eventual "Suspicions" (of eventual Political bias) may obviously exist also vis a vis the Swedish "Socialist" current Goverment, (considering, in addition, the fact that former US President Barack Hussein Obama, had notoriusly used tha Swedish pretext as a way to Trap "Wikileaks"' Founder, since he was afraid that Freedom of Speech principles might Oppose a Condemnation in the US)...

At any case, Assange's UK Lawyer reportedly promised that he would accept to give thorough explanations and reply to eventual questions, if Sweden decided to re-open a closed procedure of the Past.

That affair reportedly concerned short relations, withOut any Violence at all, (but focusing on alleged Preventive Health protection matters, particular to the Swedish Law), at an exceptional moment, when Assange's Credit Cards had been Blocked by Obama's US Administration, so that, while visitng Sweden for Public Conferences, he found himself Deprived even from spare Money to Pay Hotels of his choice, and practically obliged to accept the Invitations of 2 Swedish women, who allegedly assaulted him, and one even Boasted, afterwards, to a friend, that she had managed to "Get" Assange...

Later-on, the Swedish Authorities had Stopped any Procedure against Assange, while UNO's Human Rights bodies, at nearby Geneva, have notoriously Judged that the Forced Refuge at Ecuador's Embassy in London, (precisely in order to Escape fro Sweden's demand of extradition, Behind which "Wiileaks" suspected that was Hidden Obama's USA : Comp. Supra), during Many Years, was a blatant Violation of his basic Human Rights, and had already started to Harm his own Health, after being obliged to live in reclusion, without any Freedom to move, during so many Years.

 

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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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