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EUParliament's Left Group President Zimmer to EF: No Genetic Manipulations on Humans ! Moves coming.

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 16 April 2019


*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- The Experienced President of EU Parliament's Group of the "Left", German MEP Gabi Zimmer, Replying to an "Eurofora"s Questions in a Press Conference in Strasbourg, just Before the Forthcoming crucial EU Elections of May 2019, for the Period 2019-2024, made it Crystal-clear that her Group of MEPs is, as a matter of Principle, Against "any" Genetic Manipulations on Human beings, doesn't want to "Design" them Artificially, and even stressed that such Topical BioEthical Issues, (notoriously Fuelled by Recent Controversial Incidents around some New Technologies' Dangerous Abuses : See Infra), are due to Take a Great Importance, Needing adequate Political Actions during the Next few Years.

This is one of the very Rare, if not Unique, Big Issues in which, Exceptionally, many MEPs of the "Left" and the "Right" side of the Political Spectrum, may have, Nowadays, some Similar Positions, given, obviously, that here it's really Humanity's foreseable Future which is, in fact, at Stake, (as "Eurofora" had, earlier, briefly Highlighted).



 - Indeed, "Eurofora" explained, first of all, that this was a Question that we were Trying to Raise to All Political Groups in order to have their views before the forthcoming Elections, for what is due to happen during the New Parliament of 2019-2024, on a BioEthical Issue which has Recently taken a Crucial Importance.



  - "Recently, in China, took place a Genetic Manipulation in 2 new-born Babies, which is Heritable by all Generations Future : It's Irreversible,", and "that's the New point, because it's the 1st Time in Human History", we reminded.     

=> "Followed Many and various Reactions accross the World, even from the Chinese Government which Condemned that uprecedented act, but we don't know yet, clearly, the position of Europe !", "Eurofora" observed.

    - "The main point (of this Question is not just about Health, (f.ex. Equal Access, Risks to Provoke Cancer, etc). There, Something Might be done", perhaps, to Settle that Problem, sooner or later. But rather on its Effects on Society : Because the Risk is, Obviously, that, if it falls into Bad Hands, it (Technically) allows to Create "Chimeras", etc., even to Create "Races" : Not just Ideologically, but Really !" I.e. also "Other than the Human Race". Because, "Theoretically, Anything can be done !" with such Techniques..., "Eurofora" Warned. 


=> "What do you think that should be done, about it ? Do you Support those who Ask for a Global Ban ? Or anything else ?"

- "It's a very Serious" Issue, and "it's the 1st Time that it happens", "Eurofora reiterated in fine.

+(We had just Started to remind the Fact that, already, "in Europe we have the Oviedo Convention, of the CoE, (since 1998), which OutLaws" any Intervention in the Human Genome aiming at such a purpose. But it has Not yet been Ratified by All Member States, and, moreover, Nowadays, some, apparently, are Seeking to Bypass it, in one way or another ... However, because of alleged "Lack of Time", we were Hindered to Conclude by Adding that Practical point).



 - "I would say, very Clearly, that we are Against Any Form of Genetic Manipulation !", President Zimmer stressed from the Outset, in her Reply to "Eurofora"s Question.

 - This Crystal-clear Opposition, includes "Any Form that it (i.e. the Genetic Manipulation) could take", she added.


- Because "we do Not Want to Influence (Alter) Human Life, in Any Way, nor to Design <<Experiments>> which do so", the President of EU Parliament's "Euro-Left" Group explained, (comming also from a Country notoriously Taumatized by the NAZI "Tests" on Humans, as f.ex. by the infamous "Dr. Mengele", in certain Concentration Camps).


  + Moreover, "I am Sure that the Next European Parliament, which will be Elected" (on May 2019) "Will Also have a Clear Position on this", she Optimistically stressed, for the forseable Future during 2019-2024.




=> - "And we Will Move Forward on this, (also) with Our Group", the Experienced, Long-Time President of the Euro-Left Group, Vowed.

    - Moreover, at any case, "We will Always be Against that", Zimmer clearly promised.


    + "If you like, you can have a Bilateral (exchange, "off") with me", she Kindly Offered, (even if "Eurofora", unfortunately, was Hindered, in Practice, to Benefit from that Opportuniy now, inter alia, also Because Other Interesting Press Conferences, that we had to try to Follow, were just Starting in a few minutes, and Urgent Press Work was pressing)...


    The Crystal-clear, and UnEquivocal Stance on Principles, that the Experienced Top MEP from Germany, Gabi Zimmer, took on this Topical BioEthical Issue of Fast-Growing Importance, (Comp. Supra), naturally Honors her very much, and it is to Hope that it will be well understood and respected.





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A threefold, coordinated move by new Top French Political actors in the 2009 EU Parliament Elections, expressed in Strasbourg a will to boost Europe's Political dimension close to Citizens' concerns, going from protection of Economy to defence of Human Rights.    

The move met an exceptional ECHR's call for a "revival" of Human Rights' protection mechanism', in a Mega-Conference, early 2010.   

Obviously focusing on June 2009 Elections to EU Parliament, it involved from the outset the recently nominated "dual" Head of French Governing Party (UMP)  Michel BARNIER and Rachida DATI :


     - "As President Sarkozy has clearly said, we (France) are in favor of a Strong, Sovereign and Independent, Political Europe, which protects its Citizens, and not for a large Super-Market, nor for a Europe under influence",

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  - Human Rights are important because they are at the Heart of the Political Europe that we aspire for : I.e. a Europe able to act and protect its Citizens, stressed also the New French Minister for European affairs, Bruno LE MAIRE, while meeting Strasbourg's Journalists at his first visit to the CoE.   


This is one of the main interests for CoE, which is also a natural place for cooperation between EU countries and Russia or Turkey, which was recently helpful at the Middle East crisis, he added.

The move gained momentum with French Minister of Justice, Rachida Dati's main observations at ECHR's 5Oth Anniversary :   

- "While we are seeking Europe's Borders and Identity, you (ECHR) remind us also of its Values", Human Rights, Dati noted.   

Citizens seek more and more often ECHR's help, and the tempo accelerates, Europa awaits a symbol, while national legal orders are not freezed   

And she expressed "support" to ECHR President Jean-Paul Costa's call to satisfy the vital need to revigorate the PanEuropean Court by deciding big changes at a High-Level Conference open to a large audience, a kind of "Etats Generaux" of Human Rights, at the beginning of 2010.       


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But rather the persistent violations of Human Rights, sometimes very grave (ie. murders, torture, abritrary deprivation of liberty, oppression of freedom of speech, destructions of homes/properties, etc), despite numerous, repeated condemnations by ECHR. So that CoE's Ministers, due to "supervise execution" of ECHR's judgements, are overloaded.   

F.ex. most Media noted that Turkey still remains, even in 2008, the 1st among 47 CoE member States in the number of condemnations by ECHR :  257, compared to 233 for Russia, with a population more than the double..    

The problem is that it's not the 1st time at all : During all the last Decade 1998-2008, Turkey was condemned by ECHR much more than any other State, and for particularly grave violations :   

- 1.652 condemnations, compared to 605 for Russia, 548 for Poland, 494 for France, 476 for Ukraine, etc.   

Italy's second place with 1.394 condemnations is a misleading false appearance : In fact, most of them (999) concern mere "procedural delays" in national courts. Same for France.   

On the contrary, Turkey was condemned 180 times for Killings, 192 times for Torture or Inhuman/Degrading treatments, 340 times for arbitrary deprivation of Liberty, 528 times for "Unfair trial", and 169 times for oppression of Freedom of speech, (etc). And the latest, 2008 numbers, indicate no change in this trend, (See supra).   

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ECHR's President, Jean-Paul Costa, stressed in its 2009 Annual Press Conference, CoE Member States' obligation to implement the judgements, according to Article 46 of the European Convention on Human Rights.   

Moreover, if CoE's Committee of Ministers delays to ensure implementation, then, the repetition of violations in similar cases provokes a multiplication of complaints tabled to the Court, which overload the mecanism for the protection of Human Rights, denounced Costa.          

A series of Debates on "the situation of Human Rights in Europe", focusing on the "need to fight against Impunity" of perpetrators of grave crimes, is  currently prepared by CoE's Parliamentary Assembly for the session of June 2009.  

The final Timing comes shortly AFTER the EU Elections, but the main Reports should have been adopted before.

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