EU – Human Rights situation that require the Council’s attention

European Union
UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
30th Session
(14 September – 2 October 2015)
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Item 4
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Statement by
H.E. Mr. Jean-Marc Hoscheit
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg
on behalf of the European Union
Geneva, 21 September 2015
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UNITED NATIONS
HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
30th Session
(14 September – 2 October 2015)
EU Statement
Human Rights situation that require the Council’s attention

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Human rights: democratic opposition in Venezuela; arrests of activists in Sudan and Mauritania

18-12-2014

Parliament passed three resolutions on Thursday, calling on the Venzuelan authorities to withdraw “unfounded” charges against the opposition leader; condemning the arrest of human rights activist Dr Amin Mekki Medani in Sudan; and demanding the immediate release of anti-slavery activist Biram Dah Abeid in Mauritania.

Persecution of the democratic opposition in Venezuela

MEPs strongly condemn the political persecution and imprisonment of peaceful protesters and opposition leaders in Venezuela and call on the Venezuelan authorities to “withdraw the unfounded charges and arrest warrants against opposition politicians” and “immediately disarm and dissolve the uncontrolled pro-government associations, putting an end to their impunity”. They call on the government of Venezuela to enter into a strong and open dialogue on human rights with the EU and recall their demand for an ad-hoc EP delegation to assess the situation in the country. Continue reading

Sudan: Council Conclusions on Sudan

PRESS RELEASE

3340th Council meeting

Foreign Affairs

Luxembourg, 20 October 2014

President Catherine Ashton

High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and

Security Policy

 The Council adopted the following conclusions:

 “1. The European Union remains deeply concerned at the ongoing conflicts in Sudan, notably in Darfur, Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile and the accompanying violations of humanitarian and human rights law, as well as a serious humanitarian emergency all of which continue to cause enormous human suffering and internal displacements and pose a risk to regional stability. There can be no military solution to conflicts in Sudan. The EU therefore supports the African Union Peace and Security Council’s repeated call for a holistic approach to Sudan’s multiple challenges and the need to tackle comprehensively the political, economic and social causes of persisting conflict. Continue reading