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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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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 :


    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...
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  !
 -  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.
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 :


    - "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.
    - "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.
    + "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.
     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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