HUMAN RIGHTS IN EASTERN EU

 

THE CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS

AND

THE DUTIES OF NATIONAL GOVERNMENTS OF EASTERN E.U.

 
DIDIER BERTIN - February 20, 2011
SOCIETY FOR THE PROMOTION OF THE EUROPEAN HUMAN RIGHTS MODEL

 


The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union is basically a remarkable model that extends the Human Rights to the areas of labor and social protection and to welfare, and is unfortunately not equally applied in each Member State. Despite the rules of the Charter are subject to reservations according to the possibilities of each member state, it gives clear indications of a global orientation. We consider also this charter is an efficient tool to promote the aspiration of emerging countries whose peoples have no references to make adequate requests to their governments with the argument to be a reality in most Europe and not a utopia.

Our target is to promote it outside Europe, but this action is hampered by serious failures in its application by Eastern state-members.

Eastern citizens do not have effective protective labor laws, medical coverage, wages that can enable them live decently considering the basic products prices and soaring prices of real estate (families must sometimes share the same home for two or three generations).
High prices benefit a few and shocking social injustice is rapidly growing.

Employees who are not "effectively" protected by the law, fear of losing their wages which are particularly low (Minimum wages (2007) from 114 € to 288 Euros per month) and paralyze the action of trade unions. We are especially aware of situations in Poland and Lithuania, where it is easy to dismiss employees without cause and without pre-notice, which is contrary to the European Charter.

Minimum monthly wages: in Eastern Countries (2007):

 

Romania

114 € 

Bulgaria

123 € 

Latvia

172 € 

Lithuania

174 €

Slovakia

217 €

Poland

246 €

Hungary

258 €

Czech Républic

288 €

As an example of lack of labor laws of immediate application, the intolerable has been achieved in Poland where the Polish chain of Supermarkets Biedronka had forced staff to wear diapers to reduce time losses to the toilet. This action had resulted in numerous lawsuits from workers who were immediately fired and have to wait without revenues the judgments of the courts

Member states of Western European Union must show their solidarity with the Eastern workers by moral duty and also to protect their own citizens from threatens or effective western industrial relocation in the East.

We suggest establishing a Bureau of Work in Brussels, able to listen to the eastern workers victims of non-application of European rules.

For 20 years we might have expected an economic expansion in line with other EU Members since communism was the assumed cause of their underdevelopment and since they have received European subsidies for many years.

The situation is such that a certain number of citizens are beginning to regret Communism but this only regret is prohibited by law in Lithuania, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Hungary has even limited the right of expression of journalists against the ruling party.

Our message is a first approach to be followed by further in depth surveys.

The survival problems of citizens seem ranking second even for Medias. For example in Poland the media gave a major importance to the events related to the large wooden cross too long installed on the gates of the presidential palace in Warsaw after the disaster of Smolensk.

 Supporters of the Cross wanted it to stay there permanently as a symbol of a Catholic theocracy. After several months, the new Polish President removed at last the Cross. In the same way too much time is devoted to the endless requests for new investigations into the crash of Smolensk by the brother of Lech Kaczynski, who wishes obviously exploit this disaster into a political argument and actually would have wished an investigation concluding in the murder of his brother by his opponents or by the Russians.

The latest provocation from these countries, which should dedicate more time and attention to the welfare of their citizens, is the promulgation of the law of double genocide that denigrates the memory of the Holocaust. This was made at the initiative of Lithuania followed by Latvia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic.

These countries do not want just not to commemorate what they call the crimes of communist regimes but are impairing the memory of the Holocaust by establishing falsely that the crimes of the communist regimes are comparable to the Holocaust.

These countries may be allowed by the European Commission in exceptional circumstances and for national reasons, to enact legislation inconsistent with the principles and functioning of the European Union.

Whatever is the reality of the suffering imposed by the communist regimes, the comparison to the Holocaust was totally unnecessary and constitutes in our opinion a revisionist provocation.

One may fear that this is also due to anti-Semitism sustainable even in those countries where almost all Jews were exterminated.

The pogroms of 1941 put Lithuania in a particularly bad situation for taking this kind of initiative. In June 1941, only in the region in Kaunas 5000 Jews were murdered by batting by Lithuanian civilians who took advantage of the withdrawal of the Red Army due to German advance (other pogroms took place in the whole country at the same period). In addition anti-Semitic events took place in last July in the same city of Kaunas in that is to say, five months before the application of the law of double genocide. One should also note that the museum of the 9th Fort in Kaunas, which is the entrance hall to the concentration camp itself, focuses shockingly on the Soviet period without clear presentation of the Holocaust..


We would like to mention again below our call for vigilance for sake of definitive clarification that we sent to members assumed to belong to Parties of Human progress of French and European parliaments and the European Authorities.

We expect that no exemption will be granted to any countries in order that they enact such law forbidden in the rest of Europe.

The forces of progress must be an example of the intransigence regarding the respect of Human rights and especially the European Charter.

We must also respect the word genocide for what it means, so as to protect other people from such particular event we need to be able to identify and designate.

The law of double genocide would criminalize all European citizens whose views on Communism and the comparison with the Holocaust differs with these countries and will be an impediment to the rights of free expression and free movement within the European Union.

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CALL FOR VIGILANCE
Didier Bertin -12 February 2011
Society for the Promotion of Human Rights the European Model

Europe must not return to the unacceptable concessions of a recent dark past but keep the integrity of its Ethics.

What is immoral for Europe must be also immoral for each member and European Ethics as in the dark past should not adapt to circumstances as in the dark past.

The law of double genocide was deemed unacceptable by the European Commission at European level and should therefore be for each of its members. The reason for our appeal is that this cornerstone principle of European Union may be at risk by shocking national exceptions.

The bad management of the end of WW I and vacillating attitude of a disunited Europe have paved the way of Nazism which led to the destruction of 63% of European Jewry.

60% of the world Jewish population lived in Europe in 1939 against only 12% today.

Destroyed and hunted out of Europe the Jewish people is now living mainly in the U.S. and Israel and this is an indelible mark of shame on the European forehead.


We must not forget by sense of equity that the intervention of the Russian army has prevented the Nazis to achieve their plans for “total” extermination of the Jews of Europe; the Russian army freed the main extermination camps and permitted the other allies to win the decisive victory over Germany.

Countries that are now demanding the enforcement of double genocide were the first witnesses of the Holocaust as it was essentially done on their ground; as such these countries should feel that they have a special duty to preserve the memory of the Holocaust.

Instead they are endangering it with their request for double genocide law, which is fact a second Holocaust of Jewish people from a historical standpoint.

The situation in numbers:


Jews killed and part of the Jewish population in “Eastern” Europe

Eastern

countries

Jews murdered

% of extermination of  Jewish national populations

Lithuania

   196 000

96%

Poland

3 000 000

91%

Romania

   287 000

84%

Latvia

     80 000

84%

Yugoslavia

     63 300

81%

Hungary

   596 000

74%

Czechoslovakia

   142 150

69%

Estonia

       2 000

44%

Current Eastern E.U.

4 366 450

 

Out of 6 000 000

USSR

 1 100 000

36%

Total

5 466 450

Out of  6000 000

The populations of Eastern Europe have certainly suffered from communism but are now suffering a deep economic underdevelopment and have not been exterminated up to 63% as the Jewish people in Europe.

The term genocide should not be overused and has a clear definition that does not apply to crimes of communist regimes. These regimes have imposed an ideology, reduced freedom but «obviously" did not intend to systematically exterminate their entire populations they absolutely need up to the extent of preventing them to flee abroad.

As we have said, the European Council held that the "law of double genocide" was not acceptable to Europe and then it is not acceptable for all its members. Concessions on logical thinking generate illogic consequences and incoherence that are legitimate factors for division of the European Union.