Committed to preventing crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide, and to avoiding impunity for the perpetrators of such crimes, the EU confirms its continuing support for the ICC and its work.
Full cooperation with the ICC is a prerequisite for the Court’s effective functioning. Continue reading
Foreign affairs & international relations
The failure to initiate a genuine national dialogue one year after it was announced by the Government of Sudan is a setback for the welfare of the people of Sudan. Continue reading
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
3340th Council meeting
Luxembourg, 20 October 2014
President Catherine Ashton
High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and
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