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CoE+G7 Chair on Women Rights, French Minister Schiappa to EF on Global Coop., Surrogacy exploitation

Written by ACM
Friday, 24 May 2019

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While France currently Chairs not only the PanEuropean CoE, but also the "G7", and even UNO's Security Council, its hyperactive Minister for Equality of Women/Men and No Discrimination, Marlène Schiappa, replying to "Eurofora"s Questions, stressed the Need to enhance Global Cooperation for respect of such Human Rights, including in notorious cases of Massive Commercial Exploitation of Poor Women for Surrogacy in some Countries accross the World, (f.ex. India, etc).

Significantly, Minister Schiappa said that in Reply to our Questions at a Press-point following the Official Opening in Strasbourg of a CoE's fully booked Conference on International Cooperation for Women's Rights, co-organized Together with UNO's Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Dubravka Simonovic, and saluted by CoE's Secretary General, Thornbjorn Jagland.

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In order to Advance "Beyond" some Problems, Questions and Controversies unfortunately hampering yet the full functioning of CoE's special "Istanbul" Convention on "Domestic Violence", (as CoE Assembly's President, Liliane Maury Pasquier, Experienced Swiss MEP and former Chair of the Socialist Group, had characteristicaly urged, already during relevant Debates at the World Forum for Democracy of 2018 in Strasbourg, See, f.ex.: .., etc), CoE has nowadays Established an "International PLATFORM of Experts against Violence on Women", Headed by UNO's Rapporteur, Miss Simonovic, (Comp. Supra).

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This "Platform"  Gathered Together, Yesterday and Today in Strasbourg, Leading Senior Officials from 7 or 8 relevant Organisations accross the World, including, f.ex., the "Committee for elimination of Discrimination against Women" (CEDAW), the above-mentioned "Istanbul Convention" on "Domestic Violence against Women", the "African Commission on Human and People's Rights"' Rapporteur on Women's Rights in Africa, UNO's "Working Group on Discrimination against Women, in Law and Practice", the "Follow-up Mechanism to the Belem do Para Convention (MESECVI), and the "Inter-American Commission on Human Rights"' Rapporteur on Women's Rights, (etc). The Head of EU's Delegation to the CoE, Meglena Kuneva, also took part in the work of that International Conference, Later-on this Afternoon.

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=> Questioned by "Eurofora" whether she expected some "Interesting Perspectives from such International Cooperations", in order to Protect Women, Minister Schiappa was adamant :

- "Yes, Certainly !", she Replied Positively from the outset.

- "That's precisely why we wish that Europe Cooperates with the UN and Others", accross the World, for Women's Rights, he told us.

 - "By the way, you can see that even those who are Against Womens' Rights, know how to Leave aside all their Ideological, Political, Economic, or Other Differences, in order to act all Together against Womens' Rights !", Schiappa Denounced.

>>> - "That's one reason more, for which we believe that it's Important for all European and International Organisations, States, NGOs, Experts, etc., which Help and Defend Womens' Rights and Equality between Women and Men, to also Unite Together, Leaving aside any smaller Differences that they might have between them Elsewhere, in order to stand firm, all together on what is Essential (matters most)", she stressed in Reply.  

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    + Moreover, "Eurofora" raised also a Question "on Equality", concerning an Issue which is not always on Establishment Medias' Limelights, but, nevertheless, is Important for Human Rights, and, it seems, quite WideSpread nowadays accross the World, particularly in Countries like India and various Poor Countries : That of Massive Commercial Exploitation of Poor Women for Surrogacy, (i.e. in order to bear a Pregnacy and give Birth to a Child destinated to Other Persons, Strangers to her, through Technically Asssisted, Artificial Reproductive Methods). - What do you think that it could be done in order to Help those Women ?", we asked Schiappa.

    - After taking a moment to Think, and Verify that "Eurofora" spoke, indeed, about Exploitaton of poor Women, in case of Surrogacy, alias "Surrogate Mothers", (Comp. Supra), the competent French Minister reacted Positively and practically :

    - "Against the Commercial Exploitation of Women, in cases of Surrogacy, "We (French Presidency of the CoE, G7, UN SC, etc) are very much Committed" on that, she stressed.

    -  F.ex., among others, "there is also an Inter-Ministerial Mission against Human Trafficking of Women, which, naturally, may usefully act on that matter" too. "Thank you very much", Saluted, in fine, Minister Shiappa, before Leaving CoE's Building with a Smile ...

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    - The Fact that PanEuropean CoE's Organisation, particularly through also various Conventions open to signature and ratification by Other, Non European Countries, and its Annual "World Forum for Democracy" (organised in Strasbourg, each November), (etc), currently seeks, in Growing Cooperation with the EU, to Develop and Enlarge also a kind of "Global View", throughout the World's various Continents, including on Women's Rights, was Confirmed, in Reply to an Earlier Question by "Eurofora", also by the Experienced CoE's Director for Democratic Governance, Claudia Luciani, during a previous Press Conference at Strasbourg's Press Club. It was on this occasion, f.ex., that, while we asked, f.ex., about Fresh Data concerning Womens' Rights also in Countries such as China, etc., Luciani agreed, but Pointed also to India, and other Countries, (f.ex. Pakistan, etc), in this regard.

    + But a main Concern of the CoE Nowadays, in these regards, appears to be, particularly, to Focus also on "Implementation" of Women's Rights, World-wide.

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    - "Whenever we (CoE) have certain Legal Standards, normaly we could and should Implement them", stressed, as a matter of General Principle, CoE's Director General for Democracy, Snezana Samardzic-Markovic, in Reply to a relevant Question by "Eurofora".

    Smiling, she diplomatcally avoided, however, to explicitly Reply also to a subsequent Question, on whether CoE really had, already, Sufficient and Clear "Legal Standards" to aply also on the Atrocious phenomenon of Many Poor Women over-Exploited for Massive Surrogacy Business, (sometimes in conditions worse even than animals) in some Countries, as f.ex. also India, etc, according to many NGO's Denonciations, in Scandalous situations against basic Human Dignity, as numerous Videos show at the Internet...

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+ Meanwhile, Marlène Schiappa didn't ommit, however, also to publish at her Twitter Account, a Statement by French President Emmanuel Macron Denouncing "the Violence which Attacked" many innocent Civilian People "on the Streets" of nearby Lyon City Today, where an "Explosion Wounded" reportedly 13 persons, ...9 of whom (i.e. the Majority) were Women, including a Young Girl aged Only 10 y.o...

    - Macron had already Spoken, Earlier Today, about a Brutal "Attack", while the French Police in Paris had just Started Official Investigations, reportedly for Criminal Actions with a Nail Bomb Explosion, aimed at "Murder", in relation with "Terrorism".

    And, by another Astonishing Coincidence, indeed, Many among the recent years' Islamist Terrorist Attacks have Curiously Targetted, often, much More ...Women (even Old Ladies Aged 90 !), than Men !  

F.ex., inter alia, also at a series of Knife-Attacks at the Street in Helsinki ; inside a Shopping Center at Washington State, by an armed Young Turk; or the unique Killing of Only an American Lady, earlier out of the Brittish Museum in London ; the DeCapitation of 2 Scandinavian Tourists Women in Morocco ;(etc), Not to Forget the Different, but also Violent Massive Aggressions, including Thefts, Sexual Attacks and/or Rape, by Groups of Thugs against  several Hundred of unprotected Young Women and Girls in Koln (Germany) during the New Year's eve, on January 2016, which provoked a Worldwide Scandal, and a "Hot" and Long Debate at CoE's Parliamentary Assembly in Strasbourg, calling for Sanctions of all those responsible, for Attacking or Abandoning all those Women withOut Any Protection at all, (and even ...Blocking the only available Public Transport means, it seems), resulting into Toppling the Government of RNW Laender, shortly afterwards, (See, f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coeforenquiryandjusticeonmobviolentattacksagainstwomen.html, http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coetodebatewomensmassaggressionsandattemptstohidethetruth.html , etc).

    Curiously, indeed, it's Not only the infamous Mass Kidnapping of 1.000 Young African Girls by "Boko Haram"'s Terrorists (notoriusly affiliated with ISIS), and/or the Massive Deprivations of Liberty for Brutaly kidnaped, Yazidi and other Women in Syria/Iraq by ISIS, followed also by systematic Exploitation as "Sex Slaves", and other Inhuman/Degrading Treatments, as Denounced at the CoE and EU Parliament in Strasbourg, by 2 or 3 Victims who managed to Escape, later-on, Urging for "Justice" to be done, (Comp., inter alia, also, f.ex.: ... etc).  

Indeed, Timely, that Lyon's Bomb Attack Today, indirectly but clearly, reminded also the Fact that Real Protection of Women's Rights, particularl against the Worst forms of Brutal Violence, has become, recently, an astonishingly Growing Issue, particularly Out at the Streets, and especially in certain Countries accross the World.

 

 

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(NDLR: "DraftNews", as already send to "Eurofora"s Donors/Subscribers, earlier. A more accurate, full Final Version, might be published asap. +Fast Translation from the Original in French.)

 

 

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    The incoming Swedish EU Presidency (July-December 2009) may still remain in favour of Turkey's controversial EU bid, despite June 2009 EU Elections' results, but it has "very strong demands on Turkey"'s obligation to respect EU Rules, said the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, to "EuroFora", reacting to critical Press reports.

    - "I know (that) the link is often made also to Sweden's position on Turkey"'s controversial EU bid. Indeed, "we (Swedish EU Presidency) are very much engaged in the future membership of Turkey, but not without fullfiling all the Criteria".

    - "It's very clear that we (Swedish EU Presidecny) have very Strong Demands on Turkey, in a sort of concept for Future membership of the Union, ...which will be a Long Process...", she stressed.

    This means, in particular, "the Copenhagen Criteria (on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law), and also the adaptation to the Acquis of the European Union".

     - "If you listen to what Mr. Bildt (the Swedish Foreign Minister) says on Turkey at different occasions, it's very clear : We want Turkey to become part of the Union, in the Future. But we want it to fullfil all the Criteria : The Acquis of the European Union. That's very clear", she concluded.

    The Senior Official of the Swedish Foreign Ministry was reacting to critical Press Reports, from Brussels' Journalists invited by EU Commission's secretariat to Stockholm, who claimed that Bildt was abusing of a ..."Whip" (sic !) against Cyprus, by "threatening" the presence of UNO's Peace-keeping force at the "Green line" which separates the island's Government-controlled areas from the territories occupied by Ankara's army, if Nicosia didn't accept any political solution, regardless of Turkey's demands, before the end of 2009.

        Governing AKEL Party's new Secretary General, Andros Kyprianou, reacted by declaring that no-one can threat the People of Cyprus : -"We shall decide for our Future, and nobody else",  he reportedly said, asking to "keep calm". "In order to find a Solution soon, certain basic Principles must be respected", he stressed, calling those who feel an urgency to use their influence on Turkey. Other Political Parties were more critical.

    This was a reference to recently reported statements by Turkish Minister Bagis, Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan and Turkey's National Security Council (a Military-Political body), accused to push towards a partitionist "2 States" solution, contrary to UNO SC Resolutions for Cyprus' reunification.

    December 2009 is a crucial moment for EU's appraisal of Turkey's controversial EU bid, because EU Council has decided to review then Ankara's compliance with the European position on the recognition of Cyprus' Government, which was clearly set out by an EU reply of 21 September 2005 to Turkish Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan's claims, refusing to recognize even the existence of EU Member Cyprus, in controversial statements he made to London (former EU chair) on July 29, 2005.

    EU Parliament's latest Resolution on Turkey, adopted on March 2009 in Strasbourg, warned Ankara that "the non-fulfillment of Turkey's commitments... by December 2009, may further seriously affect the process of Negotiations" with the EU.

    In practice, the issue boils down to Ankara's "embargo" against Ships and Airplanes using Cyprus' seaports or airports at the strategic EU island, which traditionaly hosts one of the World's biggest Shipping flags. EU has already "freezed" 6 relevant Chapters in EU - Turkey Negotiations since December 2006, after Ankara refused to fullfil a commitment it had undertaken when EU had decided to open controversial "accession" negotiations with Turkey, back on December 2005.

    - "As far as EU - Turkey relations are concerned, it's clear that Turkey needs to fullfil its obligation of full, non-discriminatory implementation of the additional Protocol (to "EC-Turkey Association Agreement"),  This is an important issue....and should be addresseed as soon as possible as it clearly affects the pace of the accession negotiations.Issues covered by the Declaration of September 2005 will continue to be followed up, and progress is urgently awaited", warned earlier in Strasbourg the out-going Czech EU Presidency (former vice-Prime Minister Alexander Vodra).

    But the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, dismissed "interpretations" by "some" that Foreign Minister Carl Bildt was reportedly "threatening" Cyprus with consequences on the UNFICYP, if it doesn't accept any solution until December 2009, while Turkey is reportedly delaying in an attempt to impose a partitionist "2 States" solution.

    On the contrary, Julin, stressed that "Sweden has strong demands on Turkey'"s respect of "Copenhagen Criteria and EU Acquis".

    Meanwhile, Sweden  is "concerned" about the risk of "Stalemate" in Cyprus' Talks, but is well aware that "the main responsibilities lie with the two leaders and the UNO", Europe playing only a role of "facilitator".

    After carefully verifying, the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, stressed to "EuroFora" that Bildt's reference to UNFICYP "was not linked to a Threat", and dismissed those who "interpreted" it so.

    On the contrary, the Swedish EU Presidency acknowledged the fact that Peace Talks are mainly for the UN and the leaders of the Cypriot communities, EU's role being limited into that of a "facilitator".

    As for Turkey's reported attempts to impose a "2 States' solution", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service sharply replied by stressing that Turkey must respect the "EU Acquis" rules.

    In particular :

    - "Basically he (Bildt) underlined that it's the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus and the UN that have the main responsibilities for solving the problem", started to say the Swedish Senior Official to "EuroFora", referring to the above-mentioned "briefing".

    - "But the EU had a role in sort of pointing out the benefits and facilitating a little bit the outcome for the settlement of the whole Cyprus' issue", she added.

    - "And he did state the Fact, that the rest of the World (i.e. USA, etc) will, of course, look at the differend issues which are at the table, and the future of the UN Peace keeping force is part of what is at the table", she admitted.

    - "I understand that some have interpreted that as a Threat, by the Swedish Minister" "But", in reality, "it's a statement of a Fact, that, when we'll look at the differend issues, one of the issues on which we shall have to take a stand on, is the future of the UN Peace keeping force in Cyprus".

    Indeed, one of the questions usually raised for a Solution of Cyprus' issue is what International and/or European or other Guarantees, by a Peace-keeping force, might be needed afterwards, eventually for a transitory period.

    Questioned anew by "EuroFora" whether (according to critical Press Reports) this could be taken as a veiled warning that, if Cyprus didn't accept any Turkish demand for any solution whatever, it might be left alone to face Ankara's Military Invasion/Occupation, she denied :

    - "He (Bildt) didn't say it in that way"... "It was not linked to a threat, or anything like that", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service stressed.

    On the contrary, "he (Bildt) underlined that the main responsibility lies with the parties concerned on the island". "The EU can try to facilitate and show the benefits of reaching a settlement. But also, when the EU and the rest of the World (i.e. USA) will have to look at it, they will look at all the Facts on the table, and the presence of the UN Peace-keeping force is one".

    And "he (Bildt) didn't speak about that at all", she replied to "EuroFora" question on Turkey's reported attemps to impose, in one way of another, a partitionist "2 States solution".

    Asked whether Bildt's aim was to incite both parties to move forward efficiently, she agreed :

    - In fact, "the EU is really very concerned with the Stalemate in the situation. Yes !", the Head of Sweden's Foreign Ministry's Press Service anounced. That's why Bildt "was hoping for the two parties (i.e. for Turkey's also) to engage and break, a little-bit, the present stalemate, come to a solution of the issue" of Cyprus.

    But, replying  to a "EuroFora"s question on the risk, denounced by several politicians in case of strict Time Deadlines, for Turkey to provoke a stalemate and wait for the time to come to impose a partitionist "2 States' solution", she reacted by pointing at Turkey's obligation to respect "EU Acquis" :

    - "Turkey must fullfil the EU Acquis : That's clear !", the Swedish Senior Official stressed.

    More details are expected when Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt will debate his Programme with new MEPs at EU Parliament's plenary mid-July in Strasbourg, that he has visited already in 2008.

    Foreign Minister Carl Bildt became familiar with Strasbourg's CoE last year, when Sweden chaired the PanEuropean organization of Human Rights. As EU chairman-in-office, he will also chair the 27-member States strong EU Group inside the 47-member States strong CoE.

    Minister for EU affairs, Cecilia Malmstrom is well known at EU Parliament, where she has been an active MEP of the Liberal Group for many years, following also Press Freedom issues.

    Both have already made various statements at "EuroFora", on differend topical matters.

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