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UN Rapporteur on Displaced Persons Jimenez-Damary to EF: Homes/Property=Very Important Human Right

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Relying to "Eurofora"s Questions on a CoE's Draft Report which Denounces as "War Crime" the Replacement of Population in an Occupied Territory, (as f.ex. in Cyprus, etc), UNO's Special Rapporteur on Internally Displaced People (IDPs), Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, stressed, also on this regard, the particular Importance of the Human Right of Refugees/Displaced People for a Free Return to - and/or Restitution of, or fair Compensation for their Family Homes/Properties and - their Ancestral Land :
 
 
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UNO's Rapporteur, who was this Afternoon the Key-Note Speaker in a Well-Attended, Exceptional Meeting of CoE Parliamentary Assembly's (PACE) Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons,
 
 
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had "just arrived" to Strasbourg from "Country Visits" on the spot at "Libya and Nigeria", as she told us, and was Earlier this Morning received by the new President of CoE's Assembly, Michele Nicoletti, from Italy, while she is due to Speak mainly at a subsequent PACE's Plenary Session Debate, later Tomorrow Afternoon, (as well as on a Specific "Side Event", organized earlier that same day by PACE's Rapporteur on IDPs, ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Killion Munyama from Poland, (See Infra).
 
 
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 - "The Challenge is to try to Recover the (Human) Right to the Property or to Compensation for IDPs", underlined Jimenez-Damary, in this regard.

 - "And, I think that it's a Very Important Right !", she stressed.

- Both "Of course, under the European Convention of Human Rights".

+ "But also Under the International Treaties, as well", added further UNO's Rapporteur.

++ This could, obviously, also Facilitate the "Return" of Displaced Persons Back to their Homes and Ancestral Land, as "Most Governments Want", and, dans certain cases, Refugeed/Displaced Persons also Wish themselfs, (f.ex. in Cyprus' Territories Occupied by Turkey's Army, etc), but are Hindered.

- Mainly Because of "Population Replacement" by an Occupying Country : Something which had been practiced "a lot" onlly in a Remote Past : - "Generations ago, Centuries ago", but Nowadays "it has Become a War Crime", according to the International Criminal Court's Statute, as a relevant CoE's Report (Drafted by Polish ChristianDemocrat MEP Killion Munyama, and due to be Debated+Voted Tomorrow, Wednesday Afternoon, in Strasbourg), clearly points out :

Indeed, the Draft Resolution which accompagnies it, clearly stresses from the outset (§2) that "under the Statute of the International Court, it constitutes a War Crime, for an Occupying Power, to Transfer ... parts of its own civilian Population into the Territory it occupies, and to Deport of transfer, all or parts of the Population of the Occupied Territory, within or Outside this Territory". I.e. precisely what Turkey has notoriously done in the Northern Territories of Cyprus, that Ankara controls with its Invasion/Occupation Army since 1974, where Turkish Colons imported from Anatolia have Replaced the Greek Cypriot Refugees/IDPs who used to live there from Ancient Times, Obiged to Flee the Turkish Military Invasion, and still Hindered, until Now, to Return Back to ther Family Homes and Ancestral Land, despite many ECHR's Judgements Condemning Turkey for such Massive Violations of Human Rights...

 - "This shows the Development of International Law, in order to Overcome that Problem", stressed UNO's Rapporteur for Displaced Persons.

- "I don't want to go into the Comparison Game" with the Past, about the Number of existing Problems.

-  But, at least, what is clear is that, "Right Now, Because of the Development of Legal Standards, there is More Awareness of what Needs to be done", she pointed out.

=> In consequence, "I think that we should Try to Take Advantage of this Positive Development on International Legal Norms... We should Use the Law, wherever we can", UNO's competent Rapporteur on Displaced Persons advised.

- In Fact, "Europe is now full of such (Human Rights-related) International Legal Frameworks !", observed UNO's Rapporteur, who is a Lawyer from Philippines, but works mainly at nearby Geneva.

+ "Again, let's Hope that they (Legal Treaties on Human Rights) are Implemented properly ! ", Jimenez-Darmary put the Finger precisely at a "Burning" point, with a Smile...

=> Lauphing Critically, at "Eurofora"s reminder of the Fact that, even here in Strasbourg, at Europe's Core, ECHR's "Legal" Judgements' Implementation depends from the Supervision of CoE's top "Political" Body : its Committee of Ministers, UNO's Rapporteur on IDPs said that - "I Hope we will Not have to Wait ECHR's Judgements' Execution for Ever"...
 
 
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>>>Because, as a matter of Principle, ECHR's "Judgements are supposed to be Executed !", Jimenez-Damary stressed in conclusion.
Symbolically, while saying that, UNO's competent Rapporteur was Looking, through a Huge Window of CoE's Palace, straight ahead to ECHR's initial, Historic, "classic" Building, and to its New, Current and much Bigger, Modern Building, located one after the other, all along a Line in Front of her Eyes... (See relevant original PHOTO).       
 
+ In Addition, Jimenez-Damary told "Eurofora" that she Knew about Professor Pinheiro's World-Famous UN-Backed "Principles", and found them "very Good", (mainly on "Restitution" of Refugees/IDPs' Homes and/or Properties, on which We had Reported already as Early as Since a 1st Pinheiro's Draft Report at Nearby Geneva, initially at "TCWeekly", "MPAgency", etc until their Final, Special Edition in a Book Published and Backed by CoE's Secretary General, UNO's High Commissioner for Human Rights, and UNO's High Commissioner for Refugees : See, f.ex. ..., etc).

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- However, already in the Oldest Case of ECHR's case-law on Refugees/Displaced People's Human Rights to their Family Homes and/or Private Properties : that of EU Member Country Cyprus, CoE's current Rapporteur on the "Humanitarian Needs and (Human) Rights of internally Displaced Persons in Europe", Christian-Democrat/EPP MEP Killion Munyama, speaking earlier Today to "Eurofora", told us that he "Knew" these cases of Massive and Continuing Violations of Human Rights, for which, his Report notes that they Affect around "228.000 - 232.000" People, (i.e., notoriously about 20% of that Country's Total Population !).

- And COE's Rapporteur made it clear that he also Knew that these Massively Displaced Persons' Rights' Denial, (mainly Greek Cypriots obliged to Flee the Turkish Military Invasion/Occupation of 1974, and, since then, still Hindered by Ankara's Troops to Return Back to their Family Homes/Private Properties and Ancestral Land, despite several UN SC Resolutions and ECHR's Judgements Condemning Turkey for Violating their Human Rights), has already durated more than 43 Years (1974-2018), i.e. "Since 1974", as he told "Eurofora".
 
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>>> His Report, clearly Denounces the Fact that "the ECHR has Dealt with Applications by Cypriot IDPs Since the Landmark Judgement in the Case of "Loizidou v. Turkey" of 1998", (in fact, already since 1996 = ECHR's Judgement on the Substance of this case, the Latter, Follow-up Judgement concerning only the Financial Compensation for Non-Execution of the Initial ECHR's Judgement). And it also adds, pertinently, the more Recent Fact that "in its Judgement "Cyprus v. Turkey" .. of 12 May 2014, ... (I.e. + 8 Years Later-on) the Court (still) Found a Violation because of the Turkish Authority's Complicity in Unlawful Sale or Exploitation of Greek Cypriot Homes and Property in the Northern Part of Cyprus", controled by Turkey's Army, (See § 55 of that Report).

=> Obviously, as long as the Impunity of Turkey still remains, as far as it concerns its blatant Denial of ECHR's landmark Judgement in "Loizidou" case of 1996/1998, (followed also by that of the InterState Application in "Cyprus v.  Turkey"'s affair : Hearing = 1994, Judgement = 2001), related to Ankara's Military Invasion/Occupation of 1974, it was Inevitable for the CoE to Start having also Too Many Other Cases of such Massive Violations of Human Rights Afterwards : f.ex., in the Kurdish Issue, inside Turkey (1984-2018); on the Nagorno-Karabah Conflict (since the 1990s+), in Bosnia-Herzegovina ( 2000+), Georgia (2008) and Ukraine (2014), etc., as COE's Rapporteur notes in his Paper's Conclusion, also on § 33.

- But, Cusiously, in the Draft Resolution which accompagnies his Draft Report, Munyama doesN't say Anything Critical at all for Turkey's blatant Contempt to ECHR's Judgements concerning Greek Cypriot Displaced Persons, (Page 33) ! On the Contrary, that Report even goes on to Boast about a so-called ..."Important Progress (sic !)
made in the Humanitarian situation of IDPs in Cyprus" !...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

=> Will, an Amendment eventually Tabled to be Voted Tomorrow Afternoon, at CoE's Parliamentary Assembly's Penary Session, Rectify such a Blatant Contradiction Between CoE's Rapporteur's Findings and that Draft Resolution's Claims on that "Hot" Point, which are an obvious Blunder ?_
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Or will it remain, perhaps, as such a grossly Negative Mark as that which was left by a Turkey's Official from the "Disaster and Emergency Management Authority" (AFAD) of Ankara, (another Invitee of that PACE's Committee), who, astonishingly, did Not even Reply (sic !)
 
 
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to the Critical Observation of a MEP about "Reports of Child Labour" among Syrian Refugees massed inside Turkey's "Camps" (See Infra)...
 
 
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Shortly Afterwards, outside of the CoE, this Same Day for the Anniversary of the "Armenian Genocide", the Tireless President of Strasbourg's Alsace Region's Armenian Friendship Association, Pierre Zouloumian, surrounded with a Team of Young People that he organized, was just Concluding his Annual Speech to that Popular Ceremonial Meeting at the Republic's Square, handing a Copy of a "Press File" to "Eurofora", (by a coincidence, under a Huge Tree reportedly stemming from the Seed of Japanese Roots which had succeeded to Survive, Underground, at Nagashaki-Hiroshima even the 1st Nuclear Bomb Explosion)...
 
 
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Nearby, the Armenian Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the CoE, Parnyr Hovhannisyan, speaking to "Eurofora", feels necessary to Timely Link the Human Values standing behind the World-Wide Condemnation of the 1st Genocide of the 20th Century AC, (in fact a Massive and Brutal Attempt to "Replace" an entire Historic Population by Forcibly Displacing it towards the Syrian Desert), with the Recent Aggressions of Deadly Islamist Terrorists notoriously helped by Turkey in Syria and Iraq against, precisely, a few stll remaining Armenian Survivants in some Villages there, but also against Yazidi People, Kurds, Christian Minorities, etc.
 
 
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But who, amidst CoE, EU and/or UNO will Urgently Help to at least alleviate the current Plight of about "200.000" Civilian People (130.000 already in a "Camp"), reportedly Displaced from their Family Homes, Properties and Ancestral Land, at the Syrian Kurdish Canton of Afrin, recently Invaded and Occupied by the Turkish Military escorted by some Radicalized Islamist Armed Gangs (some say even former ISIS Members, hastily Recycled) ?

- "They (UNO's Officials) don't even speak to us yet :!", complained (Yesterday, invited by MEPs at a CoE's "Side Event" in Strasbourg) the Syrian Kurdish Political Leader, Salem Mohamed Maslem, whose Organisation, the "Party of Democratic Union", had notoriously Helped the USA-led International Coalition to succesfully Fight against ISIS' Deadly Islamist Terrorists cowardly Targetting Civilian People, (Comp.: ....).
 
In Syrian Kurdish Canton Afrin (now Controlled by the Turkish Invasion/Occupation Troops and its Proxy Gangs of Armed Extremists), systematic Attempts to "Replace" its Ancestral Inhabitants by Other Groups, Imported by the Invading Turkish Army, seems to have already Started,  (as also reported Obstacles for Refugees/Displaced Persons' Return, Changes of Street Names clearly indicate)...
 
 
 
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  Ten Years of ECHR : 1998 - 2008 show need of Revival in 2009-2010 coinciding with 2009 EU Election
   

A threefold, coordinated move by new Top French Political actors in the 2009 EU Parliament Elections, expressed in Strasbourg a will to boost Europe's Political dimension close to Citizens' concerns, going from protection of Economy to defence of Human Rights.    

The move met an exceptional ECHR's call for a "revival" of Human Rights' protection mechanism', in a Mega-Conference, early 2010.   

Obviously focusing on June 2009 Elections to EU Parliament, it involved from the outset the recently nominated "dual" Head of French Governing Party (UMP)  Michel BARNIER and Rachida DATI :

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     - "As President Sarkozy has clearly said, we (France) are in favor of a Strong, Sovereign and Independent, Political Europe, which protects its Citizens, and not for a large Super-Market, nor for a Europe under influence",

    "This goes for everything, including Energy", added to "EuroFora" the experienced former EU Commissioner, Minister of Foreign affairs, currently of Agriculture and Sarkozy's new pick as Leader of the Governing party UMP to EU 2009 Election, Michel BARNIER                                              .                             

  - Human Rights are important because they are at the Heart of the Political Europe that we aspire for : I.e. a Europe able to act and protect its Citizens, stressed also the New French Minister for European affairs, Bruno LE MAIRE, while meeting Strasbourg's Journalists at his first visit to the CoE.   

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This is one of the main interests for CoE, which is also a natural place for cooperation between EU countries and Russia or Turkey, which was recently helpful at the Middle East crisis, he added.

The move gained momentum with French Minister of Justice, Rachida Dati's main observations at ECHR's 5Oth Anniversary :   

- "While we are seeking Europe's Borders and Identity, you (ECHR) remind us also of its Values", Human Rights, Dati noted.   

Citizens seek more and more often ECHR's help, and the tempo accelerates, Europa awaits a symbol, while national legal orders are not freezed   

And she expressed "support" to ECHR President Jean-Paul Costa's call to satisfy the vital need to revigorate the PanEuropean Court by deciding big changes at a High-Level Conference open to a large audience, a kind of "Etats Generaux" of Human Rights, at the beginning of 2010.       

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It's not so much the recently growing number of applications for Russia or Ukraine etc, which seems to be Costa's main concern : In fact, the cases declared "admissible" are much fewer...    

But rather the persistent violations of Human Rights, sometimes very grave (ie. murders, torture, abritrary deprivation of liberty, oppression of freedom of speech, destructions of homes/properties, etc), despite numerous, repeated condemnations by ECHR. So that CoE's Ministers, due to "supervise execution" of ECHR's judgements, are overloaded.   

F.ex. most Media noted that Turkey still remains, even in 2008, the 1st among 47 CoE member States in the number of condemnations by ECHR :  257, compared to 233 for Russia, with a population more than the double..    

The problem is that it's not the 1st time at all : During all the last Decade 1998-2008, Turkey was condemned by ECHR much more than any other State, and for particularly grave violations :   

- 1.652 condemnations, compared to 605 for Russia, 548 for Poland, 494 for France, 476 for Ukraine, etc.   

Italy's second place with 1.394 condemnations is a misleading false appearance : In fact, most of them (999) concern mere "procedural delays" in national courts. Same for France.   

On the contrary, Turkey was condemned 180 times for Killings, 192 times for Torture or Inhuman/Degrading treatments, 340 times for arbitrary deprivation of Liberty, 528 times for "Unfair trial", and 169 times for oppression of Freedom of speech, (etc). And the latest, 2008 numbers, indicate no change in this trend, (See supra).   

The current Spanish CoE Presidency (November 2008 - May 2009) has made of the implementation of ECHR's judgements its 1st Priority.   

ECHR's President, Jean-Paul Costa, stressed in its 2009 Annual Press Conference, CoE Member States' obligation to implement the judgements, according to Article 46 of the European Convention on Human Rights.   

Moreover, if CoE's Committee of Ministers delays to ensure implementation, then, the repetition of violations in similar cases provokes a multiplication of complaints tabled to the Court, which overload the mecanism for the protection of Human Rights, denounced Costa.          

A series of Debates on "the situation of Human Rights in Europe", focusing on the "need to fight against Impunity" of perpetrators of grave crimes, is  currently prepared by CoE's Parliamentary Assembly for the session of June 2009.  

The final Timing comes shortly AFTER the EU Elections, but the main Reports should have been adopted before.

Meanwhile, French President Sarkozy and German Chancelor Merkel's recent call "for a Political Europe" in 2009 EU Elections (See earlier "correspondence from Paris, Elysee Palace), seems more and more endorsed also by other EU Countries' Top MEPs :

Thus, f.ex., EU Parliament's 1st vice-President, Greek MEP Mrs Rodi KRATSA, speaking to "EuroFora", agreed that 2009 EU Election would be a "naturally good" opportunity to debate what really interests EU Citizens : "The Future of a Political Europe, able to face the Economic Crisis, with a Culture and identity which attracts the People"

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(Photo taken earlier during Sarkozy's 1st visit at EU Parliament, in 2007 : Sarkozy and Merkel's Ideas for a Political Europe inspire also other EU politicians accross the continent)..
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