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Sarkozy : No Muzzled Debates, also on ReFounding Europe anew !

Ecrit par ACM
Monday, 03 October 2016
 
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- Amidst the ReVitalizing Oxygen of Green Landscapes at the beautiful Alsacian Village of Reichstett near Strasbourg, looking at the Direction of EU Parliament and CoE straight Ahead at a Bird's Fly, and praised by mainstream Strasbourg Politicians, (including the New Head of French Regions, former Minister, Philippe Richert), for his "Experience, Energy, Capacity and Faithfulness" as they said, the Chief of the main Opposition Party in France, and former President of the Country, Nicolas Sarkozy, an original ChristianDemocrat/EPP, Strongly Bounced Back to his favorite Popular context and Big, "Hot" issues, Focusing Now on Freedom to Debate, People's decisive role, Identity and Assimilation of Migrants, Security and Fight against Terrorism, Boosting Economy and reDynamizing Politics, Concluding by the Urgent Need for New Foundations to Europe, and a Human touch.


 - "I Refuse for Debates to be Muzzled, Silenced or Prohibited !", he Strongly stressed from the outset, (on one of the Rare Key-Points where he didn't Change Oraly his Draft Speech), launching a Call for the People "Not to let anyone Steal your Debates !", and pleading for a Right to Speak for "People's Sovereignity".


This goes, at an immediate term, naturaly for the Current "Primary" Votes inside each Big Political Party before the forthcoming, Crucial 2017 French Presidential Elections (April/May Next Year), but also for eventual National or Eurepean "Referendum on Major Issues of concern to the People", as he said, by a Timely Coincidence, speaking just 1 Day After a World-Famous Hungarian Referendum, by popular Prime Minister Victor Orban (another ChristianDemocrat/EPP) on Sunday, (where he Succeeded to get the support of a much More Greater percentage of Registered Voters, than even EU and/or USA Leaders : See the Facts at ......), while, on the Contrary, in France, the current, outgoing Socialist Government has just Prohibited even a Mayor to make a Popular Referendum in order to Give a Chance to the Local Population to Express its Opinion on an Attempt to relocate, near their Family Homes, Childrens' Schools, etc., a Disproportionate Number of Irregular Migrants from far away Africa and/or Asia, relocated from the notorious "Calais' Jungle", at the Franco-Brittish Borders.


But, possibly also on "Family, a fundamental Institution of our Society, to which many People are strongly attached", he added, (after various, notoriously Popular Struggles to Defend Natural Family and/or Natural Birth and Raising up of Children, against some Controversial and more or less UnPopular attempts to Impose "Same Sex Marriages" and/or Subordination of Children to the Power of Homosexuals on Pretext of "Adoption", often added to the Atrocious "Surrogate Mothers'" Exploitation of Women, and/or to Artificialy "assisted" Births, controlled by Technocrats, with obvious Dangers for all Humankind, as several, still unfolding, recent Events attest, both in Europe and at the USA, etc., (including even a Recent Clash between Pope Francis and a French Minister about denounced attempts to Impose a so-called "Gender Theory" upon School-Children, etc).

 

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- In Wider Terms, "the current (Political) Left, has Betrayed the Workers !", the French Political Leader denounced, (touching upon an obviously "Hot" Point, on which even the American GOP Party Candidate for the Crucial, forthcoming US Presidential Elections, Donald Trump, notoriously Evoked at his landmark Inauguration Speech, Earlier this Summer, at the Republican Party's National Convention, Back on July 2016, at Cleveland, Ohio, tackling Hillary Clinton from her "Left" side, after Sanders' dismissal by the Dems Party Establishment in Controversial Conditions as "Wikileaks" revealed : See "Eurofora"s NewsReport at ....).


Unpredictably Bouncing at the Right Spot, while Entering a Meeting Room (Symbolicaly located at the Local "Sports Center"..., and placed under the Banner "Reichstett Loves Sport !", by its Athletic Mayor, Georges Schuler, New Secretary General of Strasbourg's "Republicans"), Sarkozy suddenly made a Surprize Move, Turning Right in Front of an astonished "Eurofora", among collegues Journalists and many People, Saluted those present, and rushed Back to the Officials' lounge, before getting on the podium.


He was very much Applauded when he praised the People for being "Proud" of their "Identity and (Historic) Roots" at their Land, as he said, before Speaking in favor of a Cultural "Integration" and "Assimilation" of Migrants who wish to Stay in their Host Country in Europe, fustigating f.ex. some excessive "Provocations by a Political Islam", (as, f.ex. a recent Multiplication of "Burquas" ostensibly placed in Public Spaces, Women Obliged to bear "Burkinis" even while Bathing at the Sea (to the point that even Young Children aged only 14, Boys and Girls, were Violently Aggressed by Adults with Clubs and Knives just for Taking a Photo of such an unprecedented spectacle, recently Imported and Imposed at their Home City at Corsica Island, etc), instead of "an Islam of France" or European. If somebody went to the USA like this, he/she would have been Immediately Send Back, he pointed out, Pleading also for "Women's Rights".


Sarkozy also Vowed to Strongly "Fight against those Barbarians of the Islamic State's" (ISIS') Butal Deadly Terrorism, speaking after an Unprecedented Series of Mass Killings, even of Innocent Civilian People, Women, Elders and even Children included, during this Summer 2016, in several European (and even USA) States, including France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the UK, etc. - "In this War that they have Declared, it will be Us, or Them !", he Firmly reiterated anew, Calling to Stripe from "Double Nationality" and take Security Measures against those for whom there are Serious Grounds to be Suspected as "Jihadists", systematicaly use "Jihadist Propaganda Websites", and have even Prepared to Go Become themselves Jihadists, (f.ex. towards ISIL's HQ at Syria/Iraq, etc. via Turkey a.o., as  had done, f.ex., those Violent Terrorists who cowardly Murdered even an Old Christian Priest recently, inside the Historic, 13th Century Church of Saint-Etienne du Rouvray, as well as Many Other ISIS' inspired Killers of other Innocent Civilian People this Last Summer).


On Europe, inter alia, Sarkozy Criticized those who "still raise the Question of Turkey's (controversial and unpopular) EU bid, even after the UK went Out" after the Recent BREXIT Vote, and Clearly Confirmed his Famous position that "Turkey belongs to Asia Minor, and has No Vocation to Enter inside the EU !", strongly Applauded by the People.


He also Promissed, Today, that, if re-Elected, he will "Go Immediately, on May 6 (2017) to Berlin", in order to Propose, together with German Chancellor Angie Merkel, to Sign a Franco-German Initiative for a New EU Treaty. (In this way, he notoriously expects, also, too eventualy Invite new British Prime Minister Theresa May, to consider eventualy for the UK to re-Join, later-on, a Brand "New Europe").

 

 

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EU's main Competences should be Focused only on certain Key Areas, such as, f;ex., Agriculture, Scientific/Technological Research, Industry, Energy, Trade, etc., giving "the rest to the (EU Member) States", while, on the Contrary, €urozone Countries (where, as it's well known, any Willing EU Country is Able to Join, whenever it becomes Ready) should get a Strong Governance f.ex. by a Presidency, where core EU Countries such as France and Germany, etc., are naturaly due to assume their Responsibilities and become more Active, in the foreseable Future. (A Plan whose main points Sarkozy had HighLighted initialy, after an Hour-Long previous Exchange with Chancelor Merkel, at a landmark Speech in the Adenauer Foundation at Berlin, as Early as since February 2014 already, at the Invitation of Experienced, former EU Parliament's President, Hans Gert Poettering.


Despite of a Basic reminder of EU's Franco-German ReConciliation and close Cooperation's positive input, mainly by Ensuring Peace for Many Decades in Europe, and another Call for "a New Shengen", since "the Old Shenghen has Collapsed", as he said, nevertheless, probably for Time Restraints, given an Exceptionaly OverLoaded EU and CoE Agenda in Strasbourg these 2 Weeks, Sarkozy didn't, Now, Advance Further on his Views and Intentions about purely European issues, (even if Strasbourg's "Great East" Region's President, Philippe Richert, had earlier Topicaly Reminded the former President of France -and, then, even of the EU-  World Famous Move, already Back on 2008, during the Georgia - Russia Crisis, to immediatelt Fly to Moscow and Tbilisi, meeting and negotiating with the Presidents of Both embattled then Countries, and Succeeding at least to Bring Peace, "Contrary to what Happened, later on 2014, with Ukraine", as he observed, while mutualy Negative, controversial EU/USA "Sanctions" vis a vis Russia, Destructions, Economic Problems, Divisions and even People Killed (including, still, Civilians, even if Less than Back on 2014-2015, perdure at Ukraine's pro-Autonomy Regions of Donetsk-Luhansk), to the point that a New Quadripartite, France - Germany - Russia - Ukraine Summit is currently prepared for an eventual meeting asap.

 

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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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