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New CoE Secretary General Buric to EF: Questions raised on What to Do with Recent BioEthic Challenge

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 02 October 2019
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- PanEuropean, 47 Member States - strong (including Russia) CoE's New Secretary General Marija Buric from Croatia (2019-2024), speaking to "Eurofora" at the Conclusion of her 1st Press Conference, in CoE's Parliamentary Assembly, appeared Interested to Examine What Can and Must be Done Nowadays for Human Rights in front of Recent and forthcoming  Developments on BioEthic Challenges, and particularly vis a vis the Heritable Genetic Manipulations, irreversibly Transmissible to all Future Generations, which were Already illegaly "Tested" in 2 Artificial Births since November 2018, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/heritablegenemaniptrumpxihumanity.html, etc).

 

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- It all started after Buric Earlier observed that "New Challenges also Arise - and we are Witnessing this Today - with the Rapid Emergence of New Technologies : Their Influence poses Important Questions about the Application of Human Rights", she Warned.

- But, Advancing Beyond the 1st concrete Example that she gave at the Beginning, (that of "Artificial Intelligence"), "Eurofora" raised also the Question of BioEthics and especialy of the above-mentioned Heritable Genetic Manipulatios Transmissible to Future Generations (Comp. Supra),

which, Obviously, may be Abused in order to Lead to "Chimeras", "Frankenstein" kind of "Monsters", (as, f.ex., those Described at the Famous Novel : "The Island of Dr. Moreau", etc), and/or even at the Creation of Real New "Races", (as in GHWell's "Time Machine" Novel, etc), perhaps some "Alien" Type of Beings with Artificially "Enhanced" Capabilities, through a Massive Mutation by "TransHumanism", making all the Human Race look, Comparatively, as something like UnderDeveloped ..."Apes", (See, f.ex., the 1st Film "in the Planet of the Apes", with Charlton Heston, etc), and/or simply into a Society controlled by a Dictatorial Regime of Technocrats Artificially Fabricating an Hierarchy between very Different Levels of Intellectural Development, Programmed and Systematically Reproduced by  an overall Mecanism of Artificial Births, Genetically PreDetermined and Imposed by Violence and even Massive Mental Manipulations, (as in Aldus Huxley's Famous "Brave New World" Book), etc, which can Threaten to Provoke Serious Dangers Against Humanity.

- CoE Already has, Since the 1990ies, in its "Oviedo" Convention on BioMedicine and Human Rights (1998), imposed a Principle of General Prohibition of any Genetic Manipulation of Human Embryos which is done "on Purpose", in order to Affect the "GermLine" of Future Descendants, "Eurofora" reminded, as a matter of Principle.

- However, that Legal Text has "some Loopholes", and, at any case, "has Not Yet been Ratified by Many" CoE's Member States, "Eurofora" observed.

=> -  "But, What can We (CoE) do, then ?", New CoE's Secretary General, interested, wondered, and spontaneously asked "Eurofora".

 - "Many and Various MEPs, in EU Parliament, have Already Asked, Recently, for a <<Global Ban>> of Heritable Genetic Manipulations, transmissible to Future Generations", we observed, pointing to "Eurofora"s encounters with ChristianDemocrat EPP Group VicePresident Pons, "ID" Group f. President Bay,  "Left" Group f. President Zimmer, "Green" Group co-President Lamberts, etc., as well as to a Relevant MEPs' Debate, together with an EU Commissioner, earlier this year, who has Promised to "Explore" what possibilities exist for that, at an International level, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eppvpresidentandmepsongermlinemanipban.html, ..., http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/headofeuroleftgagainstheritablegeneticmanip.html, http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/greengrouppresidentonbioethics.html, etc).

= I.e. it's almost a Similar method as that which the CoE has Already, notosiously, chosen and Practiced, Against the abhorrent "CLONIG" of Human beings, since 1997/1998, (with an Additional Protocol to the above-mentioned "Oviedo" Convention, on BioMedicine and Human Rights), by totally Banishing it, unconditionaly.

+ Interestingly, that CoE's "Oviedo" Convention on BioEthics is Legally "Open" for Signature and Ratification even by Non-European Countries, accross All the World.

++ And New COE's Secretary General, Marija Buric, just Stressed, earlier Today, precisely while Speaking about such "New Challenges" on Human Rights by "the Emergence of New Technologies", (Comp. Supra), that "it's also an Area in which we (CoE) can Co-operate with Other International Organisations".

- "Working alongside with the OSCE, the UN, the EU, and Others, Can Often be the Best Way to Progress", Buric pointed out, Citting f.ex. as a Positive Concrete Precedent, also that of "the Abolition of Death Penalty in Europe".

=> At this point, the Current Stance of CoE's New Secretary General was to, Practically, Confirm the PanEuropean Organisation's "Interest on that" Hot and Topical BioEhical Issue, (Comp. Supra), and carefully Ask "Eurofora" for More Concrete and "Extensive" Infos, Data, Suggestions, Questions, etc., eventually Also "by Writting" asap, in order "to Examine" that matter Further asap.

+ In fact, a Previous, 2018 Official Statement of CoE's Committee of Ministers on that precise BioEthical Issue Now Evoked by Eurofora, (i.e. Heritable Genetic Manipulations, etc, Comp. Supra), boiled down in substance into Expressing CoE's Readiness for a "Debate", eventually Together with Other European, Paneuropean, International Organisations on that "Hot" and Important matter.

++ Moreover, in Parallel, a Recent CoE's Conference in relation to "Public Debates" particularly on various Controversial BioEthical Issues in general, (See: ..., etc), Revealed that there currently are, at least "2 Reports" in Preparation around that Precise Matter Today raised by "Eurofora", which Might, perhaps, arrive to Conclusions aound the End of this Year 2019 or at the Beginning of 2020, (See : ..., etc).

But, the ambiant Impression of some Experienced EU/CoE/UN+ Observers, was also that there Might be, there, some kind of cover Pressure to, on the Contrary, ...Diminish, even Lower, any eventual Protection of Human Rights in Front of that particularly "Hot" BioEthical Issue, (Including, perhaps, an apparent Attempt, probably by some "Socialist"-Leaning Grouplets, to eventually Overtake by Speed any New CoE's Secretary General from the Center-Right, ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group for the Period of 2019-2020, so that he/she finds, suddenly, him/herself in a kind of "Accomplished Facts" situation Inside Strasbourg's Organisation...

+ Indeed, During the Last 15 Years of CoE's Secretary Generals being all from the "Socialist" Group, it's Even the Important CoE Experts Committee on the Crucial Matters concering "Human Embryo" and Genetic Manipulations, etc, which was Surprisingly Abolished, (at the Times of the -Otherwise Positive- Former COE's SG Terry Davis, a Brittish "Labour" former MEP), as its Long-Time President, an Experienced University Professor from Portugal, had Bitterly Denounced to "Eurofora", (See: ..., etc).

++ In Addition, it became Evident, at the above-mentioned, November 2018 incident of Heritable Genetic Manipulations' 1st known "Test" on Artificially Born Babies in China, announced at a Hong Kong Conference, that, in Fact, the Controversial "Doctor" who did that, Even if he was of Chinese Origin, nevertheless, he had Studied, Worked, Publicized, and still was largely Supported by a ...USA Network of "Liberal/Socialist" Leaning various Lobbies, related to Former US President Barack Hussein Obama, who had been Notoriously Elected with a Record High Private amount of Money (that Even ...Multi-Millionaire Rockfeller didn't have, Neither Any Other Presidential Candidate in USA's History !) comming Largely by "Big-Pharma", "BioTech", and Other such Related Lobbies...

Roughly speaking, the main Dividing Line Between 2 Main Sides on this Topical "Hot" Debate, (inevitably Related, at least Partly, also with the so-called "Trans-Humanism" Row : Comp. Supra), currently stands Between those who Try to Establish a clear "European and/or Global Ban", after a quasi-Agreed Previous "Freezing", Earlier, (as for "Cloning" Human Persons, Death Penalty, etc : Comp. Supra), and those who, on the Contrary, Seek (Openly or in a Cover manner) to Allow such Controversial and Obviously Dangerous Practices on Human Beings, which Inevitably put all Humanity at Stake, (Comp. Supra), Merely Claimig to place them "Under certain Conditions", (more or less Anodynous and/or Utopic/Impracticable).

>>> Meanwhile, perhaps, at least a Provisional "Bridge" able to somewhat Rapproach those 2 Currently Opposed Sides, could be to Agree to Launch a Series of Parallel and quasi-Synchronous Efforts for efficient Scientific/Technological Research particularly on the Open and UnCertain, Today, Questions of :

 (1) Cancer and/or Other DNA-related Diseases or Anomalies which might be Provoked by such Practices, (as it was Already Discovered Recently) ;

(2) How to Detect and Prevent any eventual Attempt to Slyly Impose such Controversial and Dangerous  Heritable Genetic Manipulations on Human Embryos, (withOut Neither the Parents, Nor the responsible Public Authorities Knowing Anything !), particularly in cases of Artificial (IVF etc) Births, (which are, by a Strange "Coincidence", currently Multiplying, all around, under Various, apparently un-related, by Surprizingly "Synchronous", Pretexts, including, f.ex., some Homosexual Lobbies and/or Others);

(3) Technological Possibilities to, eventually, Prevent even at the Last Minute), or, otherwise, at least Reverse and/or Cancel (totaly or partialy) Any such controversial Heritable Genetic Manipulation transmssible to Future Generations, which Might have been Committed in a Hidden way, Out of any responsible Democratic Public OverShight respectful of Human Rights, (sometimes Even withOut a Child's Family being Able to Know what Really Happened !).

 Otherwise, Naturally, it's at least the "Principle of Precaution" which should apply, (as, inter alia, also the co-President of "Green" MEPs at EU Parliament, Lamberts, recently told on that issue to "Eurofora" : See ..., etc), which, (as an Experienced EU Commission Senior Officer on RTD previously had Agreed with "Eurofora"), can Also, Not just Hinder, but even Stimulate various adequate (Warning, Detecting, Preventing, Protecting, Reversing, Restoring, etc) Scientific Research and Technological Developments, practically Allied to Topical Struggles for Basic Human Rights.


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    Scientific innovation joined to Faith for Human Rights, Eastern Partnership and fight against the Crisis, but above all, the need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" from EU Citizens, are the main priorities for new EU Parliament's President, Polish Jerzy Buzek, that a 555-votes-strong majority of MEPs on July 14,  Strasbourg made a living symbol of the fact that, 20 years after the fall of Berlin Wall (1989 - 2009) there is no more an Eastern or Western Europe, but only one Europe, as the head of the largest group of MEPs, ChristianDemocrats/EPP, Joseph Daul, stressed after the event.

    Speaking later to a group of Strasbourg's Journalists, including "EuroFora", the new EU Parliament's President clarified his stance on concrete topical issues, as f.ex. that of Turkey's controversial EU bid, which was one of the main issues of the June 2009 Electoral campain, clearly won by his party of ChristianDemocrats/EPP :  - "At present, Turkey does not fullfil none of EU conditions", he stressed, (See infra).

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    Buzek is well known in Strasbourg and to "EuroFora" as EU Rapporteur for the Framework Program of Scientific Research and Development of Technologies. A Natural Science Professor from the Historic and Religious landmark Polish City of Częstochowa, active in the famous Solidarnosk grass-roots social movement, he served 4 years as Prime Minister (1997-2001), before being elected as MEP in 2004 and 2009, after he brillantly won the latest EU Election at the head of his party (EPP) almost doubling the number of its MEPs from 15 to 28 !

    - "Innovation" and "Energy safety", as well as fight against the "Cimat change", but also "Eastern Partnership", the "Mediterranean", "Strategic partnerships" with Russia, the USA, etc, and the search for "solutions to the Economic Crisis" that EU Citizens "expect" from us, will be his "priorities", announced from the outset the new EU Parliament's President, reminding also that the quest for "Human and Civic Rights" played an important role in his experience with the Solidarnosc grass-roots social movement in Poland's History

    But, the most important of all, is the urgent need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" between EU Institutions and the People he stressed : - EU "Citizens often don't understand us", denounced Buzek, launcing a call to "do anything for EU Citizens to understand our work" in EU Parliament : "We (MEPs) need to make EU Citizens involved" in "what we are doing every week, in Strasbourg and Brussels", he proposed. Pointing f.ex. to the hot "Debates" with "strong arguments" exchanged between MEPs during the preparation of their Legislative Decisions, in Committees, delivering often hard struggles between initially opposed points of view, long before forging a majority at the final vote, sometimes more than a year..

    Therefore, EU Parliament will be "open to your criticism, for discussion and exchange of views", he promissed to Journalists in Strasbourg.

    In this way, Buzek, in fact, highlighted "EuroFora"s main idea, that we strongly advocate since 1997-2007, to systematicaly and actively involve EU Citizens in public debates during the decision-making process of important EU measures, which affect their lives and the society in which they live, (and not only just a few weeks each 4 or 5 Years at the eve of EU Elections)...
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    This is related also to the symbolic gift that Buzek chose to give to the out-going former EU Parliament's President, Hans Gert Poettering, (2007-2009), his collegue in the ChristianDemocrats/EPP, who brillantly won 2009 EU Elections in Germany : A genuine statute of sainte Barbara crafted in Silesia's black Coal by Polish Miners : Those simple but strong people who fought for social change against some technocrats and bureaucrats disguissed into so-called "real-socialists" of old times. (PHOTO).

    It's enough to have seen a popular open air mass, at Warsaw's center, with many thousands of people, old and young, simple workers and intellectuals mixed together, with references to Poland's history and struggles for survival and liberty, through various ages, (as fex. that organized at the eve of CoE's 2005 panEuropean Heads of State and Government for the beatification of late Pope John-Paul II), in order to understand what such symbols mean..

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    But, overcoming the "Crisis of Trust" with EU Citizens obviously implies also to rectify any errors done in the past, fex. on Turkey's controversial EU bid, with controversial decisions taken in 1999 and 2004 to give a "candidate" status and to start EU negotiations, provoking an unprecedented series of 3 "No" to EuroReferenda and 3 Majoriy Abstentions in EU Parliament Elections : 1999, 2005 and 2009, (even if the latest one succeeded to decelerate and almost stop the drop of participation rates, opening hopes for vote's revival after an electoral campaign clearly critical to Turkey's claims in several mainstream EU countries)
    
    Therefore, Buzek was faced with manifold critical Questions on EU Enlargement, most of them citting concrete examples of certain political problems  :  But his replies were almost always given as a matter of general principle :

    F.ex. Questioned on the suspension of EU - Croatia talks because of a Border conflict with EU Member Slovenia, Buzek prefered to speak about principles :

- "We know that during Enlargement, the process can be blocked by failure to resolve this kind of issues",  This concerns also other enlargments' cases", and "these rules are always in force" he warned.


But Buzek avoided to directly reply to a queston on "French and German EPP' calls to define the Borders of Europe", as a German journalist asked him by making a reference to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and German Chancellor Angie Merkel's, critical statements on Turkey at the June 2009 Electoral campain.    

- "Concerning Enlargement, there's always the same rules : There have to be Criteria, which have to be respected if a Country wants to join the EU", he started to simply reply.

- "For my country (Poland) it took us 15 Years to fullfil these Criteria", Buzek reminded, indicating, if proportions are kept, that Turkey, fex. would have to spend some 25 years before eventually joining the EU..

- "Countries wishing to join the EU need to Change their Systems", as we (Poland and other former Eastern European Countries) did, he stressed.

- "'For me, meeting the condition of Human Rights is one of the Key conditions for membership in the EU", preferring again to speak from the point of view of General Principles, on the occasion of an untimely question on Serbia (which is not even a candidate yet)...

- "Turkey" has, "first of all", to fullfil (EU) Copenhagen criteria". Bevause, currently, none of them is fullfiled by Turkey", New EU Parliament's President, denounced, speaking later to a group of Journalists, including "EuroFora".

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In particular, on Human Rights :  - "We (EU) can never forget Human Rights", because "this is at the very Foundations of the EU", Buzek added.

On the contrary, when he referred to EU Enlargment for the  "Western Balkans Countries ", Buzek appeared upbeat, finding "promising situations", despite "difficulties" in the Past, since "Countries are queuing to become EU members", and this "generated changes", as he said.

As for Russia, Buzek observed that it was a "very important" country, located "in the same Continent", Europe,  "close to our borders", and "we need eachother". "But Russia' has 'differend poblems : "They claim that their system is Democratic, but rules are differend", and we must be "aware of such differencies", fex. "on Human Rights", that we can't ignore, as he said;

Concerning China, where a journalist observed that the recipient of EU Parliament's latest "Sakharov prize" for freedom of thought is "still in prison", Buzek found that since the 1999 events in Tien Amin square, "we see differencies on Human Rights still today", and expressed his "support" for those who try to ameliorate the situation.

On the contrary, speaking recently to "EuroFora" he strongly supported the idea for an EU - Ukraine cooperation, fex. between Airbus and Antonov, in order to build a  less costly but more performant than the old and problematic A400M, new Military Transport Airplane : - "They (Ukranian Antonov Company) can certainly do it. I'm sure they can. It's a good Idea, and I'd be glad if it was done", he told us. (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/airbusantonov.html )


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