Democracy cannot live without free, diverse and independent media. Journalists and media actors across the globe hold states, government officials, corporations and society at large accountable for their actions. But far too many among them face threats and attacks simply for carrying out their work, while the perpetrators of these attacks often act with total impunity.
On 15 October 2018, the Council discussed and adopted conclusions on the Central African Republic.
In its conclusions, the Council underlines that the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) is still very fragile and that the EU remains engaged in support of the country. The EU emphasises the need to continue working, through its various instruments, to help the CAR get back on the road to stability, peace and development and to meet the aspirations of its entire population for lasting peace and reconciliation.
On the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, the Council of Europe and the European Union (EU) reiterate their strong opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances and for all cases. The death penalty is an affront to human dignity. It constitutes cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and is contrary to the right to life. The death penalty has no established deterrent effect and it makes judicial errors irreversible.
The Central African Republic joined the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) on 25 September 2018 becoming thereby the 182nd State Party to the Convention. The accession of the Central African Republic to the BTWC is a positive development and the EU reiterates that all States not yet party should join the Convention without delay.
As part of President Juncker's State of the Union proposals earlier this week the European Commission announced a new 'Africa - Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs'. The package builds on the commitments taken during the African Union – European Union Summit of last year in Abidjan where the two continents agreed to strengthen their partnership. The Alliance will lead to the creation of up to 10 million jobs in Africa in the next 5 years alone.
On the International Day for the World’s Indigenous Peoples, we celebrate the contributions of indigenous peoples to the diversity and richness of civilizations and cultures and indeed to our common heritage. It is also a day where we take stock of the many achievements in the recognition and realisation of their rights and identify the actions that the world community still needs to take, so that human rights are universally applied without any discrimination.
Lancée le 16 juillet 2016, l’EUTM-RCA a accompli son premier mandat de deux ans. Durant ces deux années l’EUTM a conseillé, formé et entraîné plus de 3000 soldats, hommes et femmes des Forces Armées Centrafricaines (FACA). Ce mandat a permis de soutenir les autorités centrafricaines dans la préparation et la mise en œuvre de la réforme du secteur de la défense (DSR), contribuant ainsi à la réforme du secteur de la sécurité (SSR) en coordination avec la MINUSCA.
L’Union européenne (UE) vient de verser 18 millions d'euros au Trésor centrafricain, soit plus de 11,8 milliards de FCFA, représentant la deuxième tranche de son appui budgétaire 2017-2019 d’un montant total de 64 millions d’euros (41,9 milliards de FCFA).