Delegation to the UN and other international organisations in Geneva
The 27th session of the Human Rights Council takes place from 8 to 26 September 2014 in Geneva. The EU will remain a firm and vocal advocate for the universality and indivisibility of human rights. Protecting those rights is all the more vital at this moment in time when they are under threat in so many places, from so many quarters.
This year's World Humanitarian Day pays tribute to humanitarian workers who risk their lives in bringing assistance to victims of wars and natural disasters worldwide. It is a time when we commemorate all those who were target of attacks and as a result were wounded, kidnapped or even killed. It is an opportunity to reiterate the importance to respect international humanitarian law (IHL).
At the 26th session of the Human Rights Council, which took place in Geneva from 10 - 27 June 2014, the EU has been actively pursuing its quest for a responsive and independent UN human rights system, defending the universality and indivisibility of human rights, freedom of expression and of the press, as well as the role of civil society and NGOs in the Council's work. The EU also engaged in discussion on the human rights situation in countries such as Belarus, Syria, South Sudan and Ukraine.
16/09/14 - Statement by the Spokesperson on the progress in the implementation of freedom of movement arrangement [573 KB]
High Representative Catherine Ashton welcomes Belgrade's decision to further extend the freedom of movement arrangements in the coming days to Belgrade Nikola Tesla International Airport and to an additional five border crossing points in the next two months. This follows previous arrangements already in place at two other border crossing points of Serbia with Hungary and Croatia.
- 16/09/14 - Commissioner Malmström welcomes IOM investigation on tragedies at sea and calls for more efforts to fight smuggler networks
- 16/09/14 - Joint statement by José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, and Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, on the ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement
- 16/09/14 - EU-Ukraine: there is no time to rest
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