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Ukranian F.Prime Minister Julia Timoshenko to EuroFora: Human Rights=Unifying factor+for all Europe

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 30 September 2014

 

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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Human Rights might Bridge the current Tragic Gap between Kiev and South-Eastern Ukraine's dissident Regions of Donetsk/Luhansk etc., and, in fact, this is an important matter for all Europe, stressed, in reply to relevant "EuroFora"s Questions at the CoE, the experienced former Prime MInister of Ukraine and Head of Party, Julia Timoshenko, on the occasion of the forthcoming, October 26 Parliamentary Elections in the Conflict-stricken, but Strategic Country, from which she expects to see emerge a "New" pro-European Government, as she told us.


Could such possible developments, eventually, contribute to strengthen the current efforts to stabilise and advance from a Cease-Fire towards a Political Solution of the Tragic and Dangerous Ukranian conflict, much needed for all Europe's Stability and Peace, even Economy and Future ? (Comp. : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/developmentsbackcalltochangeeurussiapolicy.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/oecdheadaskssolutionforukraine.html) Despite - or, rather : because - of several "Hard" issues of Horrible  Human Rights Abuses, paradoxically, various Converging Facts seem to indicate that it's not excluded at all...


Indeed, already, COE's Rapporteur, President of CoE's PanEuropean Assembly's "Monitoring" Committee, Austrian MEP Stefan Schennach, as well as many other EuroPoliticians, notoriously like to remind the fact that, initially, the main Aspirations of those who pioneered the "Euro-Maidan" Popular Movement at its Beginnings, were for Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law respect and Anti-Corruption struggle, particularly in front of a reportedly excessive domination of  a few "Oligarchs" all over the Socio-Economic and Political life. Surprisingly, similar explicit revendications surfaced, even recently, among several Leaders and simple People in the .. Dissident, "Autonomist" Donetsk/Luhansk Regions of South-Eastern Ukraine !


Meanwhile, UNO's High Commission for Human Rights has notoriously launched a crystal-clear Appeal to Investigate a triple series of Serious and Deadly Human Rights Violations, (going from "Maidan" square events, including, particularly, the unelucidated, crucial issue of Deadly "Snipers" until February 21, up to the Odessa Massacre of May 2, but also various and multiple other abuses, reportedly committed from this or another side, during the 5 Months-long attacks of Kiev's Military against Dissident Donetsk/Luhansk regions' militia, etc), find and punish all those Responsible, as a condition for real and sustainable Reconciliation and Peace, (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/unoukrainereportsaskciviliansprotectionandtoinvestigatecrimes.html ). In parallel, CoE's International High level Panel, supported by EU Parliament, has started to supervise the Investigations made on the spot, (Comp. : ..)
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  - Do you think that, despite the currenly Hard Situation, ... it might be possible to bring together People from the two sides of Ukraine, at least on an elementary Human Rights' respect Agenda ?, "EuroFora asked Timoshenko in substance.


 - "I'm very committed to Combined efforts of those People who are engaged on Human Rights", Julia Timoshenko immediately replied Positively to "EuroFora"s query.


+ Particularly when they "are working in a reliable way for the Human Rights' Struggle, as a Single Mission that we can All seek (to accomplish) there", she underlined.


=> -"Because this is important not just for Ukraine, but it's for whole Europe", Julia Timoshenko  rightfully  observed, given the fact that, inevitably, what is really at stake in the Tragic Ukranian Crisis is also EU's own Values, (Comp.  : ... )

Pointing also to the Fact that Julia Timoshenko has notoriously gaced even personaly particularly Hard times in Prison, (Comp. http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/ukrainedissidentsattackedbymilitaryandextremists.html ),  while she apparently hasn't yet been directly involved in any among the worst series of alleged Human Rights' Violations which surrounded several key 2014 events , "EuroFora" observed that, as things stand, she might be the only candidate to October 2014 Elections who could eventualy serve as a kind of "Symbol" useful to a Wider Struggle for Human Rights' respect, if she really wished.


Indeed, what Russian President Putin had earlier observed for Ukranian President Poroshenko, at the beginning of Summer in Normandie, might go, mutatis-mutandis, also for Timoshenko, at least partly and in another way in the forseable Future.


This is obviously related also to the forthcoming Elections, given particularly the fact that several Controversial Figures notoriously Left Julia Timoshenko's Party, in order to create another one..


=> It's, therefore, interesting to note that the experienced former Prime Minister replied to a relevant "EuroFora"s Question on the forseable Future prospects by stressing her Hope for a "New" pro-European Government, soon, in Ukraine :


  - "Everything seems to show "very strong results in these Elections", she told us, "and I think that we are very well positioned" in order "to form a New, Strong  ProEuropean Ukranian Government", as she concluded Today.

 

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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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