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French Minister of Justice Belloubet to EF: -Debate on eventual New BioEthical Rules from 2018 ?

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 31 October 2017
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*Strasbourg/ECHR/Angelo Marcopolo/- It's from 2018 that should Start Debates on key BioEthical Issues, including in France, that President Macron Highlighted at the Conclusion of his Speech at the ECHR, earlier Today, (Promissing to Exclude "Brutality", and that People's "Conscience" will Not be "Silenced"), but Concrete Details still appear to remain quite floue, at least for the moment, as it results mainly from the Reply given given to "Eurofora" b the New French Miister of Justice, Nicole Belloubet (See Infra), in Strasbourg's "Palais des Droits de l'homme".


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(Macron, in fine, turned ECHR's attention towards BioEthics)
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     - "Eurofora" had raised a Question to the Minister, during a Press-point with Journalists organized at the ECHR, just After French President Emmanuel Macron's long Speech there, Earler Today, (Comp. also, f.ex.: ...), about what he had Named (after Victor Hugo) as "more Promised Lands, than Conquered Plots", such as in "BioEthics", "Big Data", "Enhanced Man", etc, where, after "Essential Debates", particularly on "New Technologies", Human Rights would have to be Defended anew by fixing asap adequate Legal Rules, as he Highlighted in Conclusion.

 

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    - Macron promised Today, in front of the ECHR, that "None of these Debates will ever occur with Brutality", "Neither Political Motivations would ever Silence the Conscience" of People, who will have to Deal with such "Innovations, at the Heart of our Society".

 

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(President Raimondi + ECHR's PressRoom)

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Because, "while France is Not Afraid of Scientific Innovations", at the same time, "it's Committed to ensure that Equality will be Respected, as well as the Fundamental Rights", in front of such "Issues of the Future", where "Europe will have to Fight", "in an "Extra-Territorial World, when even Humanity itself is on the Verge of being Transformed", (f.ex. in cases concerning "Surrogate Mothers", and/or "Children Born out of" our Country's Natural Procreations, etc., as ECHR's current President, Raimondi, had evoked before), "in order to Transmit Intact to the Next Generations" those basic Human "Rights that we must Always Adapt and ReVive", as he said in Conclusion.

 

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(Macron walked his way from COE's HQ to the ECHR)
 
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      - "At which Time-Horizon ?", specifically asked "Eurofora", on such kind of issues, the New French Minister of Justice.


       - "As far as France is concerned, we have a Work which is done (in this area) by the National Committee on Ethics", Nicole Belloubet observed from the outset, in Reply.


    - So, "a Debate is due to take place on these (BioEthical) Issues, and especially a Parliamentary Debate", she added.


    - In particular, "Without any Doubt, there is a Reflexion which would Start during the Vote of the (New) Law on BioEthics", Minister Belloulet explained.


    - And this is expected "in One Year", i.e. during 2018, she Replied in concreto to the above-mentioned "Eurofora"'s Question.


    Without making it, however, Crystal Clear yet, whether all that will include also a Citizens' open and public Debate, and in which practical Conditions, Neither if the Entire Process might, or not, extend further on 2019, if necessary.


    - According to the Latest relevant Law, (that of 2011, when France also Ratified COE's PanEuropean "Oviedo" Convention on Human Rights and Bio-Medicine), that French Committee on Ethics in Life and Health Sciences, was Obliged to Organize "a Public Debate" Before "Any Project of Reform" on its core Issues.


    - But this was Limited Only "in the Form of <<Etats Généraux>>", i.e. through the Intermediary of a "Selection" of certain "Citizens" Only, supposed to "Represent" themselves the whole "Society, in its Diversity", who are, moreover, "Trained"  by some "Experts" appointed by the Public Authorities, and Simply "Edit an Opinion and Recommendations", which are Merely made "Public" at the End...


    >>> On the Contrary, even the National Committee's own "Debates", and any other Preparatory Work, Before Final Decisions on BioEthics, are held ...Only Behind Closed Doors !


    However, around 2011, the French Authorities had Also Organized a real previous Public Debate on the latest BioEthical Issues at Stake, Open to All interested Citizens, which used the Modern Internet Technologies in the form of a Web "Forum" accessible to all involved, (almost as "Eurofora"s Project had already Suggested Earlier)...


    => That Move had managed to Attract a great Number of active Citizens, who Published various, more or less Critical Views in many Thousands of Pages, all Transparent, Readable and Answerable at the Web, whjere they were classified according to the Main Issues at stake.


But certain Regretable Confusions (mainly by a few Intermediaries) on the Precise Date of Closure of that Public Consultaton in that Web Forum on BioEthics, had unfortunately pushed some to Miss that Rendez-vous...


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 - CoE's PanEuropean "Oviedo" Convention on Human Rights and Bio-Medicine, (applicable also in France), asks, under the Heading "Public Debate" (Article 28), for all "the Fundamental Questions raised by the Developments of Biology and Medicine", to be "the subject of :


(A) "Consultation", concerning "their Possible Application", and


(B) "of Public Discussion", "in the Light ... of relevant Medical, Social, Economic and Legal Implications".

 

+ According to its "Explanatory Report", CoE's "Oviedo" Convention, even if it gives a Large Margin of Discretionary Appreciation to States on how exactly to organize such events, nevertheless, it also "Prompts ... to create Greater Public Awareness of the fundamental Questions raised by the Application of Biology and Medicine", as well as it stresses that "Society's Views must be Ascertained ...with Regard to Problems concerning its members as a whole".
 

I.e. something which, apparently, includes Prior Information of concerned Citizens, as well as to Collect and Take into Account their main Observations : Elements which could serve as a Legal Basis also for an eventual Judicial Control on the Way that States use their Discretionary Powers, in order to avoid eventual Abuse.

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    In France, the "National Committee on Ethics for Life and Health Sciences" is a prestigious Consultatif body, initially Created by former Long-Time President Francois Mitterand (Socialist), back on 1983, precisely on a core BioEthical Issue : I.e. just after the 1st Birth artificically obtained by "In Vitro Fertilisation" ("IVF") in the country on 1982...


    Most Facts clearly indicate that, in real Practice, each one of its successive Presidents more or less "Coincided" with a New ... political President of the Republic : F.ex. Mitterand (Socialist) with Prof. Jean Bernard (1983 - 1993), while his successor, Jean-Paul Changeux (1993_1998) partly coincides with a Transition towards the Beginning of Center-Right's Jacques Chirac (1995-2007). The latter was notoriously obliged to a "CoHabitation" with Socialist Prime Minister Lionel Jospin between 1995-2001, but, even if he was Re-Elected for 2002 - 2007, nevertheless, Prof. Didier Sicard remained at the Head of that Ethics Committee, (probably chosen by the previous Cohabitation). So that it seems that it was Only Prof. Alain Grimfeld (2008-2012) who has been Freely Elected by the Right side of the Political Spectrum, during Nicolas Sarkozy's presidency (2007-2012). But Socialist Francois Hollande (2012-2017) obviously chose Prof. Chose Jean-Claude Ameisen (2012-2016), and, Curiously, even his Successor, Prof. Jean-François Delfraissy (2016 - ?), whose mandate exceptionally Extends deep inside Emmanuel Macron's New Presidency (2017-2022)...


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Nicole Belloubet made it clear, indirectly but surely, that she was speaking to "Eurofora" Today for what might happen in the foreseeable Future in France itself.


But, recently, CoE's BioEthical Committee's President, Dr. Beatrice Ioan from Romania, confirmed to "Eurofora" her intention to present, by a Coincidence also on 2018, an agreed full "Action Plan" Draft on how to Regulate crucial New Challenges faced by Human Rights in front of Fast-Evolving New Bio-Medical Technologies, at the PanEuropean level of all CoE's 47 Member States and perhaps beyond, (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coebioethicsactionplananddebatesonnewtech.html).


And it's also true that Macron himself evoked, Earlier Today, in his Speech at the ECHR, rather a series of Europe-Wide Dimension Issues, including, particularly, on "BioEthics", on which Strasbourg's Organisation might, eventually, conclude its collective Decision-making process by its Committee of Ministers somewhere near its forthcoming Presidency by France on 2019, (Comp.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coesgandnewfrenchpresidentonrussia.html ).


However, Macron spoke about "Promised Lands", as he described the Issues to which he refered, instead of speaking about "New Rules", even on Classical or simply Older Issues.Meanwhile, at an Exceptionally Important PanEuropean/International Conference on BioEthics, Last Week in Strasbourg, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coebioethicsactionplananddebatesonnewtech.html), the Experienced President of CoE's PanEuropean Inter-Governemental Committee on Human Rights, Brigitte Konz, advised to be Carefull :


    - Attention to our Classical, Basic Legal Texts, which already Exist Before recent New-BioTech developments : Because, "If some Touch upon them, then, Afterwards,we Risk, perhaps, to have Less Protection" for Human Righs, she rightfully Warned...

In case, indeed, that some Minority Lobbies might, eventually, attempt to Exploit a Majority's ignorance and/or current Apathy in order to exert Pressure on Decision-Makers to Change real "Human Rights", into a kind of ... "Trans-Human" or even "Post-Human" rights" !.. (Comp., f.ex.:  http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/biotechasnuclearbombsglobalfightforhumanity.html ).

 

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(ECHR's Red Carpet .."Post-Macron", as "Post-Human": Wasn't it better when he was here ?)

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Belloubet
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The New French Minister of Justice is a fully-fledged Legal University Expert in general Public Law, who has served since 2013 also to the Country's supreme Court : the "Constitutional Council", competent even to judge Complaints for alleged Violation of the PanEuropean Convention of Human Rights, before they might, eventually, arrive at the ECHR in Strasbourg.


Belloubet served at the CC. under the Presidencies of 2 Political HeavyWeights, Both former key Ministers and National Assembly Speakers : Mainly Center-Right's politician Jean-Louis Debré (a "Gaullist") until 2016, but also Socialist Laurent Fabius, (Comp. various Press Statements to "Eurofora"s co-Founder, made in the Past by both Debré and Fabius, f.ex. at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/franceconstitutionalcourtpresidentongermanbvg.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/fabiusonmalisecuirityanddevelopment.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/fabiusonsyrianopposition.html, etc).

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Fabius was present, Today, at that ECHR's event, (together with the other 2 French Highest Court's Heads).

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(Fabius, CC Head, with Highest Administrative + Civil Court's Heads, at ECHR - CoE)

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While also a former Socialist politician, mainly at Regional level, (including on Education, Unversities, etc), on the National level, Nicole Belloubet is widely considered to be personally close to the several times former Top Minister (of Culture, Education, etc), Jack Lang, an atypical Socialist, initially PhD Candidate in Public Law with the Same Director as "Eurofora"s co-Founder : Experienced former Dean of Strasbourg's University, Professor Jean Waline, (Son of Historic Legal Scientist Marcel Waline), and former President of the International Institute for Human Rights "René Cassin",  currently Author of regular New Editions of the "Classic" and Popular (ex-"Rivero") Manual on "Administrative Law", estimated to be one of the Best in France. After having made various Press Statements as Minister to "Eurofora"s co-Founder in the Past, Lang joined on 2007 a National "Committee on Institutions' Modernisation" which proposes part of Reforms adopted under former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who appointed him later as Envoy to Cuba and North Korea on 2009, becoming also UNO's International Law Expert against Piracy on 2010. He is Now, since his nomination by former French President Francois Hollande on 2013, President of the prestigious "Institute on the Arab World" in Paris, where he had Personally invited "Eurofora" on November 2015 to an Exceptional Meeting with the NOBEL Peace Prize winners from Tunisia's Civil Society NGOs, (at which we regretted to have been practically hindered to attend, inter alia, also because of a Time-lapse due to a Coincidence with an Important CoE's Conference on Risks faced by Journalists and "Freedom of Expression" organized in Strasbourg at the Same Date : Comp., among others, also, f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/iachrcoebookandefjsgonjournalismdefinition.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/ifjvpresidentcoespeakeronbusinesmediaagainstjournalismincrisisera.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/unfreespeechrapporteurkayaonrisksofbillsonradicalism.html , etc).

 

 

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Hu Jia's prize brings SAKHAROV's wife to "EuroFora" on murders of Journalists Politkofskaya, Gongadze and Adali :

- Elena Bonner : "All Journalists' murders must be fully investigated", without Double Standards.                                                                                    

During a special Mega-Event to celebrate 20 Years of SAKHAROV Prize for "Freedom of Thought", attributed in 2008 by EU Parliament to jailed Chinese Cyber-Dissident Hu JIA, the move was reinforced by strongly criticizing the persisting impunity in three cases of Journalists' Murders, such as POLITKOVSKAYA in Russia, GONGADZE in Ukraine, and ADALI in Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus.

Any bureaucratic doubt about whether Cyber-dissidents like Hu JIA might have, or not, a right to be protected as all Journalists must be, particularly when they take risks to search, find and publish original and critical News on issues of general interest to the society, could not resist to the emotion provoked by the message of his Wife, Zeng JINYAN spectacularly transmitted at a big screen in EU Parliament's hemicycle :

- "The most important and most interesting thing he did was to ... say the Truth :.. to write about the phenomena he observed... He never stopped Publishing.. on websites, so that the Public could learn about the reality .. and understand it.  In my view, this has been his greatest contribution", stressed the young wife of the jailed man, eager to cite also the cases of other critical journalists who faced various kinds of "harassment".

 - "Welcoming all those who have suffered for defending Human Rights", EU Parliament's President, German MEP Hans Gert POETTERING, who had invited to Strasbourg all former Sakharov prize-winners from various Countries throughout the World, said that "China needs Europe, and Europe needs China : A great nation" with which "we want to have a good relationship", "association and ..friendship". "But we are never going to stop our fight for Human Rights, and No Government can expect this from us".

    - "It's impossible  to achieve goals of Peace, if Human Rights are left out. In fact, Peace and Human Rights are intrinsequaly linked", added POETTERING.

    It's in this spirit that MEPs adopted, on Thursday, a Resolution denouncing that "the criminal
investigation and trial following the murder of (a) Journalist ...raises serious concerns with regard to transparency and respect for the rule of law", when a "brutal killing has not yet been fully investigated and solved in a satisfactory way".

    The text refered to dissident Journalist "Anna POLITOVSKAYA", a critic of Tchechen conflict, killed some years ago in Moscow, where Russian Authorities have found, arrested and are currently judging two executants, while also searching to arrest also a 3rd one, allegedly escaped in Belgium. But they have not yet found the instigators.

     Similar texts were adopted recently also on dissident Ukranian Journalist Georgiy GONGADZE's murder, for which Ukranian Authorities have at least found, arrested and condemned 2 executants to 12 and 13 Years of jail, but not yet the instigators. For that purpose, they recently accepted an International Experts team to participate to the investigations.     

But, it's only for the Murder of dissident Turkish Cypriot Journalist ADALI, in the occupied territories of Cyprus, that Turkey has NOT yet found ANYONE responsible, and even claimed recently inside CoE that it would be "impossible" to do so !    

These astonishing differences exist despite the fact that ECHR condemned alike Ukraine and Turkey with 2 Judgements on the same year : 2005, for the murders of  Journalists GONGADZE and ADALI, strong critics of Corruption in Ukraine, and of Ankara's policies on mass-influx of Turkish Settlers in the Occupied Territories of Cyprus, respectively.    

Regarless of that, CoE's Committee of Ministers, who is entrusted with the duty to supervise execution of ECHR's judgements, has just asked Ukraine's Government to reply to further questions on Gongadze's murder before March 2009, while Turkey, curiously, got a longer postponement for answering questions on Adali's murder, until June...   

A comparison of these cases, raises serious questions about Double Standards :

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On TRANSPARENCY :
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    On Gongadze's murder, CoE's body speaks even about the participation of
"an INTERNATIONAL group of Experts" in the Investigation, (f.ex. of "Tape Recordings"), accepted by Ukraine.
    On the contrary, on Adali's murder, CoE is obliged to repeatedly ask (for a 2nd
time) Turkey whether, at least, it informed the victims' Family, or not...
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- On EFFICIENCY :
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On Gongadze's murder, CoE formally "recalls that the Committee (of Ministers) ..URGED the Ukranian authorities.. to TAKE ALL NECESSARY INVESTIGATIVE STEPS TO ACHIEVE CONCRETE and VISIBLE RESULTS in the INVESTIGATION, aimed at the Identification of the INSTIGATORS and Organisers of the Murder", and "STRONGLY INVITED the Ukranian Authorities to provide information on the PROGRESS IN THE INVESTIGATION", before MARCH 2009.

But, on Adali's murder, on the contrary, CoE's body merely .. "took note" of the "arguments presented by" Cyprus, which denounce the absence of any proof of new "investigation" by Turkey. Following Turkey's own suggestion (!), it simply "noted" that there is "no limitation period" for "any new element" to "lead potentialy (sic !) to a Re-Opening of the Investigation". Without saying who might find any such "new" fact, since Turkey stoped searching... It also POSTPONED the issue until .. JUNE  !
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 - On the PUNISHMENT OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE :
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 -  On Gongadze's murder case, Ukranian Authorities already arrested and condemned, at least 2 suspects, to 12 and 13 Years of jail. And on Politkovskaya's murder at least 2 suspects are judged, and a 3rd one "wanted".

On the contrary, on Adali's murder case, the Turkish authorities simply claim that "it had not been possible to obtain new .. information .. on the basis of which criminal charges could be brought against ANY person" !...

Moreover,  a LETTER sent by Turkey ...2 Years after CoE's 2006 call to re-investigate anew Adali's murder case, is totally EMPTY of Facts ! As Cypus' Delegation denounced earlier, Turkey's Letter ONLY CLAIMS that a "New Investigation" was made without any result, but does NOT even cite ANY FACT to prove it :

F.ex.,on the crucial issue of the "MOTIVATIONS" behind Adali's murder, noted by ECHR, Turkey MERELY CLAIMS that "all allegations  were investigated; without result", but OMITS ANY FACT TO PROVE IT !..(It doesn't even remind which were these "allegations").. .

+ On ECHR's astonishment that the Turkish Occupation regime didn't produce any "BALLISTIC REPORT" on the Shots which murdered Adali, Turkey again repeats, 12 years later, that, still, even until now, "it  was not possible to obtain the BalisticReport"...

- As for the astonishing absence of key-WITNESSES' Testimonies, denounced by ECHR, Turkey agains repeats various pretexts avoiding to reveal anything, (Fex. that a person "left" the Occupied Territories  "on 2002", or that another witness was heard, but without revealing nothing of what he said, etc).

Turkey obviously "FAILS TO MEET THE CRITICISM made BY THE COURT" for lack of any efficient Investigation in Adali's case, concluded Cyprus' Government.
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Replying to our Question which COMPARED these 3 outstanding cases of "JOURNALISTS MURDERS", Adali, Gongadze and Politkovskaya, in order to avoid "Double Standards" by asking from Ukraine and Russia more than what is asked EU candidate Turkey, many European personalities were critical /

They criticised Ankara's recent claim at the CoE to stop investigating, because it would be "impossible to find anyone" responsible for the 5 bullet shots which killed Kutlu ADALI in front of his Family Home, contrary to the other two Journalists' murders, where Ukraine and Russia at least arrested the executants, searching now for the instigators :
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    - "Where was that ? In Turkish Occupied Cyprus ? WITHOUT ANY DOUBT : Any murder of Journalist should be investigated in full ! All these Murders must be investigated !", replied the famous SAKHAROV's wife, Elena BONNER to our question on Adali's case, compared to Gongadze and Politofskaya.

    Elena Bonner spoke us EXCLUSIVELY shortly after being honored by the President
of EU Parliament on the occasion of 20 Years of her husband's SAKHAROV Prize.

    A strong personality, Sakharov's wife even had to struggle against an anonymous EU staffer who, astonishingly, tried to stop her speaking when h heard our question on "Turkey" (!) : - "Please, let me translate, she continues
speaking, don't stop us !", had to cry Sakharov's daughter, (a Journalist
herself), who was translating her mothers' reply, (obliged to speak louder to
make her voice heard despite the harassment).. (= + Audio Proof !)

    Earlier, Elena Bonner also fustigated "Double Standards" at another case, on
Western countries' attitude vis a vis Kosovo and the Kurds : -F.ex. "You have
recognized a few 400.000 Kosovars as an "independent" country, but you still
deny that to 30 millions of Kurds in Turkey !", she denounced.
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    - "This (ADALI's murder) is an issue which should be pursued by the Committee
for Human Rights. That's why we have one, and it's its duty to examine cases of
Journalists' murders as the one you referred to. You should bring the case in
front of that Committee", suggested in reply to our question on Adali, EU
Parliament's President, German MEP Hans Gert POETTERING.

    - "It's impossible  to achieve goals of PEACE, if HUMAN RIGHTS are left out :
in fact, Peace and Human Rights are intrinsequaly linked", added POETTERING.
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    + "For us (European/International Federation of Journalists) it's clear :
Whenever a Journalist is Murdered, the Investigation should continue until
those Responsible are found !", replied earlier to another question on ADALI
EFJ/IFJ's Secretary General, Aidan WHITE.

    Speaking as a matter of General Principle, White asked us for "concrete data"
on the execution of ECHR's judgement on Adali case, in order to "look at it in
depth" and "make a formal statement", in comparison with the other Murdered
Journalist case, also pending at CoE's  Ministers for completing its execution,
on Ukranian Gongadze.
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     From EU Rapporteur on Human Rights, vice-President of EU Parliament Liberties' Committee, MEP Giusto CATANIA, we were told that, since there is an ECHR judgement in both Adali and Gongadge's cases, "Turkey must naturally execute the judgement and make a full and efficient investigation, until those responsible for the Journalist's murder are found and punished".

    Even if "we (Catania's "EuroLeft" Group) support Turkey's EU perspectives, this does not mean that Ankara should not behave properly. On the contrary, it means that they have to meet tough conditions, particularly on Human Rights", was added on the occasion of Adali's murder case.

    Moreover, "since you raise the issue of Mr. Adali's muder as a part of a Series of Journalist's murders, including fex. Gongadze, Politkovskaya, ao., tthen we (EU) could also act together with CoE's Commissioner on Human Rights, Thomas HAMMARBERG, it was suggested.

    - "We (EU) must step up efforts against the problem of IMPUNITY : Real Peace cannot exist without Justice",  stressed also this week at EU Parliament in Strasbourg, French Minister on Human Rights, Mrs Rama YADE.
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