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Spanish King calls to Help Peace in Refugees/Migrants' Countries of origin (while Events accelerate)

Written by ACM
Thursday, 27 April 2017

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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/-  The young King of Spain, addressing CoE's Parliamentary Assembly, launched a Call for European Politicians to Try to Help Peace in the Countries of Origin of most Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants (f.ex. Syria, etc), in order to Facilitate their Return in normal conditions.

 

Unexpectedly, this Natural move came in the middle of an Exceptional,Unprecedented "Hot" Context inside the CoE, about Other (but Indirectly Inter-Related) Issues (See Infra).

 
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- "Europe has nowadays a responsibility to deal with Huge Displacements of persons, Refugees and Migrants who Flee War, Terrorism and Extreme Poverty, as far as our means allow", he observed from the outset.


=> Therefore, we Must Do whatever we can, in order to Prepare the Conditions that would Allow them to Return to their Homelands", he urged.


- "This passes by putting an End to the Conflicts and by Setting the Bases for the Military Clashes to be transformed into Political processes opening a way towards Democratic and Inclusive Societies, which do Not harm Life and/or Freedom", he concluded on this crucial point.

 

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But, while the Young Spanish King was Warmly Welcome in Strasbourg, both by MEPs and by All the Leadership of the CoE, (as their Massive Presence, f.ex., at a Social Event organized here just after that Plenary Session, (Comp. relevant Photo),

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on the Contrary, an apparently Different, but eventualy interlinked, Exceptional Incident, which suddenly Surfaced this Week in Strasbourg, raised various related Questions :


-  CoE Assembly's President, Pedro Agramunt, who is a Senator from Spain, has just been strongly Accused, by a number of various Other MEPs, after he Met with Syrian President Bashar Assad recently.


 In an Unprecedented, Hasty Move, a lot of Heavy Pressure was put on him, reportedly, to "Resign", many among those MEPs feeling unsatisfied by Formal and Public Excuses by PACE's President, who was obliged to call that move as a "Mistake".


The formal Point seems tp be not so much that Agramunt met Assad, but that he allegedly did so withOut having, previously, Informed the Other Top Members of the Assembly, (from times to times meeting in a Closed Doors format called "Bureau"), and, according to some sources, not even clearly and promptly enough, afterwards, until several among them heard about in the Press.


Several Critics appeared Upset also by the Fact that such a Meeting with Assad reportedly took place thanks to a Russian Military Airplane.
Such Critics want for CoE Assembly's President to immediately Resign, in order for them to Appoint a Vice-President as acting Chairman-in-office for the Following Months, until a New President may be regularly Elected by CoE's Plenary Assembly, as normaly foreseen, on January 2018.


Now this obviously raises Questions at least as far as COE's traditional and official pro-Peace stance and principles are concerned : Particularly "Dialogue" and "Political Discussions", instead of Violent and too often Deadly Armed Conflict, is, notoriously, routinely supported by the CoE, as a matter of General Principle.


So that it shouldn't be so much the mere Fact of Meeting Assad, which makes problem, since the Quest for Peace in Syria should, normaly not only Excuse, but even Stimulate for such Moves, interpreted as Atempts to Help Poliical Dialogue, instead of the pursuit of Deadly Armed Conflict, should be at the Heart of CoE's Diplomacy.


This Strange Issue hasn't, no more, any real relation to the Controversial circumstances of the Tragedy which reportedly Killed Dozens of People, including many Children, near the Islamist Rebel-held Syrian City of Idlib, at the Beginning of April 2017,  for which some notoriously Accused the Syrian Army to have thrown a Deadly Chemical Gas, which is strictly Prohibited, while others replied that Syrian Airplanes had just hit a Factory of the Islamist Rebels/Terrorists stocking Chemical Gas used for Bombs in Syria and Iraq, whose dispersion may have provoked Deaths. A Brief Report reportedly presented by unnamed Security "Inteligence" to the White House for New US President Don Trump, (who, Shocked by the Horrible spectacle of Dead Kids, notoriously ordered a Massive Towhawk Missiles' strike againts a key Syrian Government Military Airport immediately), as published, Later-on, by "New York Times", does not seem so clear, nor sufficiently convincing, and has been rapidly Contested by various Critics throughout the World, including a Senior American Scientist, specialist and Professor at M.I.T., who replied by a Detailed, Facts-Based Counter-Report Denouncing many concrete Shortcomings, judged "Surprizing" and Unacceptable Errors or Ommissions.

Nevertheless, that Tragedy was notoriously Exploited to Accuse, Slander and Strike against Syria even without real Proof (Comp. Supra), while, on the Contrary, the reported Mass Killing of More than 100 Civilians (and 2 Times More Children than the previous incident !), Traped and Massacrated by Islamist Terrorists inside Busses used for Exchange of Populations between isolated Villages from each side, just a few Days Later-on, did not, apparently, trigger protests among those same circles...     

                                                                                                        But, at any case, that CoE-related, Controversial Meeting, had, reportedly, taken Place already Before April, (in fact on March 2017), so that the Idlib tragic incident was Totaly Unknown and Non-Existant at the Moment that Agramunt met Assad.


And concerning the Different Point about, allegedly, Not Informing previously, and/or not suficiently or adequately even even afterwards, Agramunt reportedly Replied that he had simply Participated in a National Delegation of Spanish Senators invited by their Russian counterparts, and Not as the President of CoE's Assembly as such.

 

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- However, if you are elected by a Collective CoE's body in order to represent it as its President, then, you are Always expected to do so in any Political Meetings, at any circumstances, (except only Private dealings, f.ex. a Birthday Anniversary, etc), and, then, you have to Inform adequately and Timely the Assembly, told "Eurofora" CoE Assembly's President of the "Euro-Left" Group of MEPs, Dutch Senator Tom Cox, dismissing as irrelevant the Fact that CoE Assembly's Members - Contrary to EU Parliament's MEPs - are Also National Representatives of their Country's National Assembly or Senate, at the Same Time, i.e. holding a "Double" Mandate, in parallel.

+ Nevertheless, given also the Fact that the Next CoE Assembly's President (Comp. Supra) is expected to be  (from January 2018) a Socialist, according to a Traditional Agreement among the Political Groups, while, on the Contrary, it's "Not Certain" yet who -and/or from Which Political Group - might be that Vice-President who could, Eventualy, replace the Christian-Democrat/EPP current President Agramunt, IF he Accepts, perhaps, to Resign immediately Now, (as Chairman Cox explained to "Eurofora"), then, obvious Questions about any possible Political Motivations, at least of Some among the Critics, emerge :


- Independently of any eventual afterthought, of some, perhaps about Boosting War-Mongering and Blocking any Attempts to seek Dialogue for a Political Solution of the bloody Conflicts in Syria, (which, Obviously, canNot be Excluded a priori Entirely), recent Facts indicate that there Might be even More :


>>> Indeed, as "Eurofora" learned Yesterday, by the President of CoE Assembly's Social Affairs Committee, a New, Important Report about the Highly Controversial issue of "Human Genetics", has just been Adopted by that Committee, on Tuesday, in Strasbourg, and is due to be Debated in Public for Final Adoption by Vote of CoE Assembly's Plenary Session of the Summer, "on June" 2017.


++ In Addition, also anOther Topical Report on BioEthics, about "Artificial Intelligence" New Technologies, has already been scheduled for Public Debate and Final Vote by the present CoE Assembly's Plenary "Spring 2017" Session, Tomorrow, Friday, April  28, in the Morning, after 10 a.m.


But, Agramunt's surprizing immediate "Resignation" is reportedly demanded by Critics, already for even Earlier than that : I.e. at a "Bureau" Meeting, Tomorrow Morning, from 8.30 a.m.!...


In pure Legal terms, the current President of the Assembly is Not Obliged to Resign, but an eventual "Lack of Confidence by the Assembly"s Majority (as Chairman Cox and Others said) might Push Hard, in real Practice.


=> So that an eventual political Elimination of the currently Elected ChristianDemocrat/EPP President of CoE's Assembly, Pedro Agramunt, could Abandon the Way to Handle 2 Highly Controversial Issues nowadays on "BioEthics"  ("Artificial Intelligence" and "Human Genetics": Comp.Supra) to... 3 Socialist Rapporteurs (2 for "AI"e and 1 for Genetics), in Addition to, perhaps, even anOther Socialist (or Liberal, or Leftist, of RINO-Pseudo "Conservative") Vice-President for an "Interim" Acting Chairman-in-office to replace Agramunt, (Comp.Supra), Resultinng, may be at ... Four (4) Socialists (or Socialist-leaning) MEPs, with a quasi-Total Exclusion of any Important Player from the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group !


As Other Experienced CoE's Officers had also told "Eurofora" earlier, at least that Second, "Human Genetics" Report seems to provoke Stronger and "Hotter" Debates in the Next Session of June, even More than Tomorrow's "ArtificialI " Draft.


Thus, regarding at least Both these 2 "Hot" BioEthical Issues coming, and Peace or War-mongering or Peace-seeking in Syria, etc. (Comp. Supra), apparently, an eventualy Imposed "Resignation" of the incubent CoE Assembly's President, Experienced ChristianDemocrat/EPP Spanish MEP, Pedro Agramunt, immediately now, cumulates Too Much of Strange Factual"Coincidences", that an eventual Political Exploitation, Dangerous for Peace and/or Human Rights, does Not yet seem to be Totaly Excluded a priori...

...unless an adequate compromise Solution is found Early Tomorrow Morning (Comp.Supra).


(../..)

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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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