On the occasion of the Day of International Criminal Justice the European Union reaffirms its commitment to the fight against impunity for the most serious crimes and violations of international humanitarian law.
Canada is one of the closest and longest-standing partners of the European Union. Our common democratic values, responsibility to defend human rights, and strong commitment to multilateralism, the rules-based international order and free trade define our relationship.
On the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the European Union reaffirms once again its strongest commitment to prevent, condemn and eradicate all forms of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Despite the absolute prohibition of torture under international law, it continues to be practiced around the world either in isolated cases or systematically, through different forms. Torture can target everyone – men, women, and children. Torture is an inexcusable crime for which each perpetrator has to be prosecuted and brought in front of justice.
Today, the European Union has moved to further strengthen its cooperation with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), setting up a framework between the European Commission, the European External Action Service, and the OSCE's Secretariat, autonomous institutions and field operations.
Every minute, every day, nearly 31 people are forcibly displaced. Today, more than 68.5 million people have been forced to leave their homes due to conflicts and violence, persecution, natural disasters or the very real consequences of climate change –25.4 million of them are refugees.