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Virus World Epicenter Capital: Strasbourg/France/EU=Record Deaths => MPs+Meds urge for HCQ Treatment

Pisac ACM
03. 04. 2020.

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/(Partly UpDated)- In what has become the Capital of the World's EpiCenter of Deadly Virus COVID-19 : Strasbourg's "Great East" Region in France/EU, in the middle of a surprizing Record-High Number of Victims Nowadays, Groups of Medical Doctors and MPs (including EU Parliament's MEP, Senators, etc, as well as a former Health and Foreign Minister : See Infra), have suddenly Urged the Public Authorities to allow the Freedom to immediately Start using the Controversial but Promising Treatment of HydroxyChloroQuine (alias HCQ), under simple Private Medical Doctor's prescription, (currenntly still Prohibited in France, as also in many other Countries), in order to Urgently try to Save threatened Human Lives, withOut still Waiting for further Confirmations by various on-going more Tests, for this and:or other Drugs, in Europe, China, the USA, etc., (See Infra).  

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EU has notoriously become the World's "EpiCenter" on this Virus, according to the WHO, Both in the Number of Infected People, and, (much More) in that of Deaths, (even if the USA cases recently grow Fast), as WHO's and ECDC's overall Graphics show very Clearly, (See attached Screenshots).

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Inside the EU, just on 3 April, France (where Strasbourg's Region is the Biggest Hotspot) added 1.053 more Deaths in total, i.e. OutNumbering even Italy, which had Less : "only" around 764, (and almost Equaling USA, with 1.061 Deaths, But inside a Larger Population of 350 Millions)... For April 4, WHO registered a total of 2.003 more Deaths in France, while Spain (the 2nd runner in Europe) had just 932... (etc).

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In France, the Most Affected is Strasbourg's area of Alsace and Region of the "Great East", (Host of PanEuropean CoE, EU Parliament's full Plenary Sessions, ECHR, EuroCorps Army HQ, Schengen's Secretariat, EU Ombudsperson, etc). "Eurofora" had Warned, as Early as since February 22, that the Neighbouring North-West Italy's initial Virus Hotspot was Threatening to hit "EU's Franco-German Core", (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/deadlyvirusheadstoeucore.html, etc). and this became soon true, (since, Scandalously, Not any Measure of Containment wasN't ever taken vis a vis the Borders to NW Italy, Contrary to what China did vis a vis Wuhan : See http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/delaytoprotecteupeoplefromvirus.html, etc), Heavily Affecting Strasbourg's Region, in France, and Germany's Lânder of Bavaria and Baden-Wurtemerg, Nearby, which are Adjacent to NW Italy and Switzerland.

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Already, inter alia, f.ex, Strasbourg's Region, on March 16, had More cases of Infections than ...Milan itself ! (See relevant Graphic, attached herewth). And, inside France, its Region of Great East notoriously became the Most Affected Region of the Country, (See Graphics), and was Recently Visited by President Macron, who inspected an new Army Hospital there, for that reason, just before the Latest EU Summit of March 26, which was focused on the Fight against the Virus, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euchinausarussiag20onvirus.html, etc). Still, even Today, Strasbourg's Region has a total of Deaths Bigger from that of ...New York, USA's Biggest Hotspot : 1.402 compared to 1.280...

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(Strasbourg's Region was submerged by Virus' Spread from Nearby NW Italy right from the Start : An Old but Explicit MAP published by "Le Monde" at an Earlier stage)

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The Situation has become so Hard, that Infected and Sick People canNot Find Care in Strasbourg area's Hospitals, no more, so that they are Evacuated Elsewhere, Transfered by ...Military Airplanes or Special Trains into Various Other French Regions, (mainly at the South and/or West), but also in Other EU Countries, as Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Czech Republic, etc., i.e., far Away from their Families, (as pointed out, with "Emotion", also the President of that "Great East" Region, John Rottner, a Medical Urgentist himself, who had Returned back to his Job, on a Part-Time basis, in order to Help Sick People, but has just been Infected himself by the Virus)...

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Moreover, an apparently growing Scandal looms around vulnerable Old People, Many of them reportedly abandoned in Special Facilities, Out of Hospitals, lacking sufficient Staff, and Deprived of Intensive Care and/or Ventilators notoriously Necesary in order to Fight against that Virus, according to some Vague and/or Obscure yet Criteria to choose Who would Benefit from that Crucial Medical Equipments, or Not, and When, to the point that even Legal Complaints have just been lodged at the Supreme Administrative Court in oder to Oblige the Government to Clarify its Policy on this Tragic Issue. USA's "Washington Times" have just published an Article noting that in China Priority is given to those who Risk most of all to Loose their Life, But the Contrary seems to prevail, in real practice, Elsewhere..., making Revolted Citizens to Denounce ... "Hitler-like Methods" (sic !), as the Numbers of Dead grow too Fast in that Vulnerable Group, confined mainly in "EPHAD" Establishments. Nowadays, Strasbourg's Newspaper "DNA", even found that for Virus Diagnostic Tests to Old People kept in Special Facilities, Out of Hospitals, some Authorities prepared to use ..."Veterinary" staff (usually dealing with Dogs and Cats) !...

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=> It's in such Circumstances, that some Collectives of Medical Doctors, mainly from Strasbourg's area Alsace (including an MP from President Macron's Liberal Party), followed by Many National MPs, Senators, and EU Parliament's MEP also from Strasbourg's Region, of the mainstream Center-Right Opposition Party of the "Republicans"/ChristianDemocrats-EPP, published these Days Urgent Calls to the Government to Allow to Infected People the Freedom to take from their Private Doctor Medical Prescriptions to use the Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) or Chloroquine-based Treatments (with Azithromycin and Zinc), that Many notoriously consider as offfering Good Chances to efficiently Face the Virus, (including, f.ex., some Chinese Medical Researchers, French Professor Didier Raoult, USA's President Don Trump, etc).

Pointing mainly to the Fact that such a "Simple", already Available, and even "Cheap" Solution for a much Needed Medical Treatment, seems, indeed, to have a Real Potential to eventually Help Win the Fight against that Virus, (particularly by Strengthening the Human Immunity System, etc), they all oberve, also, that "there is No Time to Loose", f.ex. still Waiting for various Time-Wasting "Tests", while too Many People are being Killed Each Day from that Horrible Virus, (Comp. Numbers cited Supra).

Thus, a Group of Doctors (mainly from Strasbourg's area Alsace), urged to Allow, at least those Medical Workers, who have been themselves Infected by the Virus, to Try their Chances by using HCQ... Another, Similar Group of Medical Doctors, also from here, Denounced as "a Scandal" the current Prohibition to prescribe HCQ to infected Citizens against the Virus, and launched an Internet Petition for the Reconnaissance of such a Basic Right for the People to ask their Private Doctor to give tham that Medicine, (naturally taking all due Precautions for Human Health).

MP Patrick Hetzel, together with a Collective of Many other "Republican" MPs and Senators, (Comp. Supra), including Strasbourg's EU Parliament's MEP Anne Sanders, urged the Government to declare Strasbourg's area of Alsace as a "Sinistered" Area, notoriously hit by the Virus much More than all Others, (Comp. Supra), so that it could "Exceptionaly" authorize the Medical use of HCQ at least Here, in an attempt to Try to Save Human Lives, which obviously Need some Urgent Measures of Protection.

They were, Later, joined even by former Minister of Health, and f. Foreign Minister, Philippe Douste-Blazy, who just Published another Web Petition at "Change.org", urging, together with other Medical Doctors like him, the Freedom to Prescribe HCQ to People affected by the Virus, throughout all France, given the Urgency, during a very Deadly "War", which does Not leave any luxe to Loose more Time, still Waiting for Longer and/or UnCertain/Doubtful Tests : Already, there are important Indications that HCQ, if it's administered Early enough, could really Help to Face, quite efficiently, that Virus,  as well as several Scientific "Studies", and relevant "Measures" taken or prepared in Various Other Countries, accross the World, from Europe to China and USA, etc, which Advance in this Direction, they note.

By a Timely Coincidence, USA's "Washington Times" has just Published an Article on a Recent International Poll, which concluded that a net Majority of Medical Doctors, in Many Countries accross the World, considers HCQ as the Best Available Treatment against the Virus.

Many People's understandable Frustration, in this regard, seems to be due Not Only to the Crucial Risk of Losing a Fast-Growing Number of innocent Human Lives, but Also to the Fact that the Alternative Solution of finding an efficient  "Vaccine", currently seems to be practicaly Postponed for Too much Later, probably even for ... "After 1,5 Year", at Best, i.e. likely due to still Temporize until the "Next Season" (sic !) of 2020-2021, as an Eminent USA White House "Coronavirus" Expert Team Member, Dr. Fauci, told Reporters in a recent Press-point with US President Don Trump. Dr. Fauci has been Chairing an Important Medical Research Organisation in the USA specialized on Infectious Diseases, (after having been Appointed at the Federal Administration, initially by "Socialist" former US President Carter), and, himself, (coming from a Family of Pharmaceutical  Drug-store Owners), has reportedly dedicated his Professional Career, all the way Since 1984 up to 2020 (sic !) into still Seaching a Vaccine against the HIV, that has Not Yet been Discovered until Nowadays !...

On the Contrary, Meanwhile, US Health Secretary Alex Azar, (a Conservative Lawyer, previously hired by Famous late Supreme Court Judge Scalia, and Afterwards appointed by former US President GWBush, a Republican Conservative, followed nowadays also by President Don Trump), announced, on this same occasion, that USA had just "Secured 30 Millions tablets from Sandoz and 1 Million tablets from Bayer of HCQ and ChloroQuine, which are potential COVID-19 Treatments", as he pointed out...

But things went Nasty, when US White House Anti-CoronaVirus Team Coordinator, Dr. Deborah Brix, (a Long-Time cooperator of Dr. Fauci, and herself apointed, by former "Socialist" US President Barack Hussein Obama, back on 2014, as his Anti-HIV Ambasador accross the World), High-Lighted some Incredible "Models" of Experts' Previsions and Hypothesis about ... "1,1 to 2,2 Millions" possible Victims of the Virus, if adequate Containement Measures were Not taken at all, and, ...at least, 100.000 up to 220.000 Deaths (sic !), Only inside the USA, Even if such Containment Measures were applied... Given the Fact that in Europe that Virus is much More Deadly than Anywhere else in the World (Comp. Supra), one can easily Imagine what Huge Mass Massacre would correspond here to such an incredible "Experts" "Model" of Previsions !

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=> In such a Context, it's obviously Inevitable that  many People's understandable Frustration turned towards the already Available, HCQ Medical Treatment against the Virus, (Comp. Supra), as a matter of Urgency, Despite ImPerfect, yet, Verifications, but given the existence of several Encouraging Facts, in order to Avoid further Deadly Delays.

HCQ's Opponents, reacted, inter alia, also by apparently Exagerating a long series of alleged Dangerous Counter-Indications, (particularly about the Heart, etc), that Professor Raoult dissipated by simply calling the People to "Avoid Self-Medication", but, on the Contrary, always Follow "Doctor's Orders" faithfully. While Douste-Blazy asked to Stop Exagerating by painting HSQ "as if it was Poisoned"...

More important : He Warned that the 1st Stage (in 15 Days time) of some current Tests on HCQ, as one among 6 possible Medical Treatments against the Virus, would probably show Bad Results, because the Organizers had Chosen, as Cobayes, some Infected Persons already with Serious Adverse Symptoms, while, on the Contrary, the Efficiency of HCQ required to be given "at an Early Stage", when the First Symptoms are still quite Begnine.             

Current French/EU Tests on HCQ may seem probably Compromised or even Doomed, for at least 3 reasons : (a) They are reportedly focused on seriously Advanced Patients, already at a Crucial Situation, while, on the Contrary, HCQ main Supporters Focus mainly on Prevention/Initial Stage Patients, (particularly in order to use Zinc for Anti-Corps development by Stimulating the Immune System). (b) Apparently, they include some Harsh Critics of Dr. Didier Raoult, the principal French Supporter of HCQ. In Addition, HCQ Supporters are often presented as having an alleged "Anti-System" profile (even if, in fact, this is Not always True), so that the Establishment (which Controls those Tests) Risks to have a Negative Reflex. (c) Reportedly, they use a "Double Blind" Method, where Nobody Knows who takes HCQ Treatment, and who takes simple Placebo, (Not even the Medics !), so that it appears, a priori, Difficult to knowingly establish 2 Equivalent Groups, with Similar Age, Health, Personality/Social status (etc) Characteristics. + Last, but not least, the 15 Days reportedly left in order to arrive to Conclusions, might Not be Enough, (even if some speak about "6 Weeks", something which seems Tragically too Long, when many Hundreds/Thousands of People Die each Day)...

For the Rest, it's absolutely Natural, and even Necessary, that such Tests (as EU's "Discovery" does) Extend also to Other possible Treatments, (as Remdesivir, etc), because Nothing should Stop the eventual Discovery of a New and fully Efficient, (as well as anodyne) Treatment of the Virus COV-3.

But some fierce Opponents to HCQ go Too Far in their Rejection, even Accusing HCQ's Fans for a so-called ..."Scientific Populism" (sic !), Calling "Citizens" participating in debates on Scientiic Choices to "Learn Methodology" of Science, and Reject their alleged "Biais" or "Beliefs", (etc), while others boasted that "Science is Not for the People, But for Scientists !", apparently Confusing between petty Technocrats and Real Intellectuals, as also Underestimating the potential of a fully-fledged, modernized Democracy, etc.

Last, but not least, it canNot be Excluded a priori, that some might, eventually, prefer a, comparatively, "Slow" Exit from that Virus' Crisis, while Others would aspire for a "Fast" one, eventualy for Opposed Political Aims, (not always easy to admit in Public)...

Something like that might Also explain the otherwise incomprehensible Deadly Scandal to Leave the initial Hotspot at NW Italy totaly Free to Hit, First of all, the Neighbouring French Strasbourg's Region, and, Later-on, Germany's Länder of Bavaria and Baden-Wurtemberg, Both Heavily Infected Later-on, withOut taking, meanwhile, Any "Containement" Measure at the Borders, Contrary to what China did Succesfully vis a vis the Wuhan Region, (See, inter alia, also, f.ex. : ..., etc).

Everybody knows, by the way, that USA is currently engaged in a "Hot" Electoral Fight for the Election of its Future President on November 2020, while the EU seems partly Divided on a Key point of Economic/Financial policy after BREXIT, and China's Government had just Opposed its own (and USA's) BioTech Establishment, by Punishing a Maverick Doctor who had Practiced Heritable Genetic Manipulations to Human Embryos  Transmissible to Future Generations from 3 Babies secretly born "Modified", Triggering Grave Risks against Humanity, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/chinacondemnsheritablegeneediting.html), etc.

Meanwhile, a Striking Number of various Key Politicians, mainly of the Right Side of the Political Spectrum has been hit by the Virus, until now : Christianemocrat/EPP German Chancelor Angie Merkel narrowly Escaped reently, but Conservative British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was Infected and obliged to enter into a Hospital, while 5 Republican Senators (including the famous Rand Paul) were also hit in the USA, making President Trump lose his Majority in the Senate precisely at the moment of Voting a 2 Trillions $ Package Bill against the Virus' Crisis, and, thus, Obliging him to Accept a series of Amendments serving the Left's Interests (of the Democratic Party) ; even Strasbourg Region "Great East"'s President, John Rottner, a mainstream Center-Right Opposition Leader, of the Republican/ChristianDemocrat-EPP Party, due to run in the forthcoming 2021 French Regional Elections, was also Infected by the Virus (Comp. Supra), shortly after revealing that he had Vainly attempted to Warn French President Macron, since the 1st Marh 2020, of the Deadly Threat arriving then from NW Italy (Comp. Supra) ; while a German Lander's Economy Minister, ChristianDemocrat/EPP reportedly committed Suicide, and France's Patrick Devedjian, a former many times Minister, and f. Head of the mainstrem Center-Right Party "UMP" (currently "the Republicans"), nowadays re-Elected MP and President of Department at Haut-des-Seine, unforgetable Minister of f. President Sarkozy for the Economic Stimulus against the Global Crisis of 2008-2010, and a strong Critic of Turkey's Controversial and UnPopular EU bid, suddenly Died at a Hospital by the Virus, at 75 years of age, (i.e. Similar to the 3 Candidates for USA's Presidency of 2020-2024 : Sanders, Biden and Trump); etc...

 

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People in Europe and the World expect from CoE to make a succes of its "Monitoring" for Human Rights and Democracy, despite difficulties, said Finland's President Tarja Halonen to "EuroFora" at a crucial moment for the mecanism built 15 years ago by the paneuropean organization which celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2009.

Halonen, known as "Mother" of CoE's "Monitoring" mecanism, a long-time MEP and former Foreign Minister before becoming Finland's President, holds a long experience in the mattter, after also serving twice as CoE and EU Chairwoman in the past. That's why she is well placed to judge how CoE's "monitoring" should deal today with some crucial issues of importance both to CoE and to the EU.

The move came just a Month before a crucial, last visit to Turkey, scheduled for June, by the President of CoE''s "Monitoring" Committee, Ukranian MEP Serge Holovaty, to finalize his Report on Ankara, the CoE Member State with the longest Monitoring procedure. From its results depends its overall credibility.

This is a Test-case, because, in fact, it's in order to avoid Sanctions threatened against Turkey by a CoE's Assembly's April 1995 Resolution for grave Human Rights violations, Democracy gaps, the continuing Military Occupation in Cyprus, the unresolved Kurdish problem, Aegean differend with Greece, etc., that MEPs decided to create, for the 1st time on April 1996, a "Monitoring" proces, allegedly destinated to check, without excluding Countries who did not fulfill all CoE's standards.

In the Past, the obliged withdrawal of Greece's Military regime and of its "Civil" cover-up out of the CoE had helped bring back Democracy in 1974. But, on the contrary, since April 1996, the idea was to "monitor" Human Rights' respect while keeping most concerned Countries inside the CoE. After Turkey's oldest example, this was extended also to several former "Eastern" European Countries, even if CoE's Assembly has imposed to some of them (fex. Ukraine, Russia, etc., after Belarus, Serbia, etc) various "Sanctions", that Ankara always avoided. Curiously more succesful even than .. USA itself, (a CoE "Observer" since 1995), which has been at least threatened with sanctions some years ago..

EU-effects of CoE's Monitoring process became obvious between 2001-2008, since the "closure" of this procedure, when CoE felt that a Country had met most of its Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law obligations, (i.e. the "Copenhagen Criteria" for the EU), helped trigger Negotiations with the EU for "Accession" or other closer relations : This occured already before the 2004 and 2007 EU Enlargements to former "Eastern" European Countries, as well as for the commencement of "accession" negotiations with Croatia, and of "open-ended" negotiations with Turkey in 2005.

    But a stricking new development are Holovaty's recent findings that on core Human Rights issues as Torture and Freedom of Expression, Turkey, even "5 Years after" CoE closed its "Monitoring", back in 2004, inciting EU to start accession Negotiations in 2005, still presents grave problems.

    His findings are of crucial importance after a 2008 CoE Resolution called, "if need be", to "seriously consider the possibility of Re-Opening the Monitoring procedure for Turkey" : A move which might affect Ankara's controversial EU bid, since EU Accession Negotiations are based on the Hypothesis that the Candidate fullfils the "Copenhagen Criteria" (See above)..
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    Holovaty expressed his will to check  "Matters still Outstanding" and  those that he "didn't have an opportunity to discuss" at an earlier visit this year, "in order to discuss the more complex issues in greater depth", at his forthcoming New Visit to Ankara, before the December 2009 EU Summit.  This is all based on the 2004 CoE Resolution which stresses that, CoE "will continue.. post-monitoring Dialogue with the Turkish authorities,...in addition to a 12-points list,..and on any Other Matter that might arise in connection with Turkey’s Obligations as a CoE member state".

    CoE's Resolution also asks  from Turkey "to secure the proper Implementation of Judgements, particularly in the Cyprus v. Turkey InterState case", of 2001, which concerns also the plight of many Hundreds of MISSING People. It adds Turkey's obligations to "execute" ECHR's Judgements in the Loizidou case,..and in particular adopt General Measures to avoid repetition or continuation of Violations found by the Court" to the detriment of Refugees.

    Nevertheless, Holovaty said to "EuroFora" that "MISSING" persons,"might be included" and cannot be excluded, but he has yet to examine the situation "to find out  which issues will be raised" to the Turkish Government.

    Therefore, "EuroFora" asked Halonen, as the Historic "Mother" of CoE's Monitoring mecanism, if she thought that, "whenever there are grave Human Rights Violations, as fex. "MISSING" persons, attested even by ECHR's judgements, they should be always checked by a Monitoring process. Or could they be forgotten ?"
    
     - "We (CoE) must be, at the same time, Fair, Realistic, but not in the mind that "now we have Forgotten", etc., replied to "EuroFora"'s question Halonen, speaking as a matter of general principle.

    - "When we think of those People that are suffering from the lack of Democracy, of Human Rights, and of the Rule of Law", "we should find a base on how to deal with the (Monitoring) system more rapidly"', she stressed.

    - "Sometimes it's very difficult to combine Transparency and Effectivenes together, particularly in this specific case", she went on to say. But, "I have not found a (CoE Member) Country who could be insensitive in this sens", Halonen answered concerning grave Human Rights violations attested by the ECHR.

    - "I have no ready-made answer. I have the expectations that you, in the CoE, will, step by step, find the different types of the monitoring systems."

    Also "because this is a part of the UN's Post-Conflict system, (fex. when it comes to Cyprus' MISSING persons), and it's a more Global system". So that, "If we make a succes in Europe, the others will follow", throughout the World.  "But they expect that we (Europe) are this opportunity, this Opportunity to make a Succes", Halonen concluded.

    In addition, she advised to extend CoE's Monitoring to all its 47 Member States, "because, as long as we hear that, all these monitoring systems are "OK for the neighbor, but not for me", "it's very difficult" to understand. Something which could make easier to Compare...

    Finnish MEP Jaako Laakso, former CoE Rapporteur on the Occupied Territories of Cyprus and one of the 5 Signatories of the Historic CoE's call to create the "MONITORING" mecanism since 1996, was more specific :  - "We (CoE Assembly) have to find a way for the issue of Cyprus' MISSING People to be better followed", he stressed, anouncing his intention to "speak to Mr. Holovaty" about that. "There might be also other ways", added Laakso.

    - The 2008 "Year had been a very Bad one for Turkey with regard to Human Rights in general, and Freedom of Expression in particular", denounced, meanwhile, Holovaty's preliminary Post-Monitoringh Draft Report by Holovaty, published by the CoE on April 2009.

    "Amnesty International believes that freedom of expression is not guaranteed given the various articles of the Criminal Code that restrict it. .. "For example, 1,300 Websites are said to have been closed down by the (Turkish) authorities in 2008" ! While "the new Turkish Criminal Code was used to bring a total of 1,072 proceedings between June 2005 and April 2008, and led to the conviction of 192 people", for expressing views. "Representatives of the Özgür Gündem newspaper, which specialises in Kurdish affairs, ..complained about Numerous Attacks on their Freedom of Expression ...as was everyone who advocated a settlement to the question by means other than the intervention of the army" "According to their figures, 19 Newspapers had been suspended 43 times between 4 August 2006 and 4 November 2008" !...

    Moreover, on 2008,  CoE's "Ministers adopted its 4rth Resolution on the execution of the judgments of the ECHR, ...and outstanding issues regarding 175 Judgements and decisions relating to Turkey delivered between 1996 and 2008...  concerning Deaths resulting from the excessive use of force by members of the Security forces, the failure to protect the right to life, the DIisappearance and/or death of individuals, Ill-Treatment and the Destruction of property". CoE's " Ministers urged the Turkish authorities ...to ensure that members of Security forces of all ranks can be prosecuted without administrative
authorisation" for "serious crimes". Holovaty reminded.

"Nonetheless", Holovaty heard anew of "Several cases of Violence committed last year (2008) by the (Turkish) security forces". Amnesty International speaks of Many Cases of ill-treatment and Torture in the prisons and by the police". "Including, fex."'the death of Engin Ceber, a young man of 29 who died on October 2008 as a result of the TORTURE allegedly inflicted on him by police officers, prison staff and members of the gendarmerie. He was part of a group of people arrested on September 2008 during a demonstration and Press Conference in Istanbul'. Proceedings against suspects are "on-going" in this case.

- " I therefore noted an Obvious Contradiction between the Government’s stated “zero tolerance” policy.... of Torture and other forms of ill-treatment, and the different testimonies given", denounced CoE's Rapporteur.  Turkish "authorities must make considerable efforts to guarantee that proper investigations are carried out into allegations of abuses by members of the security forces and that perpetrators are effectively punished" "In this respect, I have requested detailed Statistics on the number of Investigations, acquittals and convictions in cases involving allegations of abuse in order to show the positive impact of the measures taken to date", Holovaty said, repeating a permanently unsatisfied CoE's demand to Turkey since a Decade...

    - "The Political Crisis that shook the country in the spring of 2008 highlighted the Weaknesses of the (Turkish) Constitution", which comes from the Military regime of 1982, "and the Urgent Need of Reforms", stressed from the outset CoE's Rapporteur in 2009. In particular, "the ...Democratic functioning of state institutions, including the independence of the judicial system, are crucial", he observes.

    But, "the Electoral  system and the ways in which it is circumvented do not appear to give those elected complete Legitimacy, and tend to pervert the course of direct universal suffrage", denounces Holovaty, observing that, even 5 Years later, Turkey did not yet change the 10% nationwide Threshold for a party to take any seat, which is "far higher" than the "3%" maximum in Europe and already condemned as contrary to European Standards by the CoE.

    + Moreover, EU Parliament's 2009 Report on Turkey, drafted by Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijten and adopted in Strasbourg on March, expresses "Concern over the Failure of the (Turkish) Judiciary to prosecute cases of Torture and Ill-treatment, the Number of which is Growing". EU also "is concerned about continuing Hostility and Violence against Minorities" in Turkey. It also "calls on the Turkish Government to launch, as a matter of Priority, a Political Initiatve favouring a lasting Settlement of the Kurdish issue, (while "condemning violence.. and terrorist groups"). EU "regrets that No progress has been made on establishing full, systematic Civilian suprevisory functions over the (Turkish) Military".

    The final results of Holovaty's 2nd and last visit to Turkley will be known later this year, and, at any case, before EU's December 2009 Summit.

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