Delegation to Guyana, for Suriname, and with responsibility for Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Saint Barthelemy, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten.

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Children account for 22% of all victims of trafficking. The majority of child victims are girls, almost 78%. The EU Anti-Trafficking Day is a reminder that trafficking of children remains a serious threat in the EU.

On the European and World Day against Death Penalty, the EU together with the Council of Europe reaffirms its strong opposition to the use, in any circumstance, of the death penalty. Capital punishment has no place in our days, in any part of the world. It has no established deterrent effect and it makes judicial errors irreversible

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On the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, the European Union and the Council of Europe reaffirm their firm opposition to capital punishment at all times and in all circumstances. The death penalty is a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment contrary to the right to life. Its abolition is essential to ensure respect for human dignity.

The Ambassador of the United States of America, H.E. Sarah-Ann Lynch, the British High Commissioner, H.E. Jane Miller, the Canadian High Commissioner, H.E. Mark Berman, and the Ambassador of the European Union, H.E. Fernando Ponz-Canto join the people of Guyana in celebrating Amerindian Heritage Month. We celebrate Amerindian communities as an important part of Guyana’s heritage and future. We note that a rich and varied culture is represented in the preservation of land, language, and a way of life. As friends of Guyana, we encourage the participation of Amerindian communities in Guyana’s coming transformation to ensure the social, economic, and environmental well-being of all Guyanese are addressed.

In commemorating International Day of Democracy on September 15, Ambassador of the European Union to Guyana, Dr Fernando Ponz Cantó, has reaffirmed the EU’s continued commitment to being a steadfast and outspoken supporter of democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

He further highlighted that, ‘free and fair elections, rule of law, good governance, human rights and media freedom are building blocks to create a space where every citizen feels free and empowered.’

The European Union is fully committed to support healthier, stronger and more equal societies for all, where everyone is included, respected, protected and empowered. Ambassador Ponz Cantó stressed that the EU will continue supporting efforts by Guyana, Suriname and other international partners, towards consolidating and further developing democratic values, institutions and processes.

Today we celebrate the International Day of Democracy. As the world slowly recovers from the outbreak of the pandemic, we are confronted with the multiple threats posed to democracy in societies across the world. It is time to ensure that the universal democratic values we uphold are defended to rebuild stronger and more resilient societies.

Whether you care about climate change, jobs, the economy, or racial and social justice, your voice will only be heard and your vote will only count if you live in a democracy.

On the occasion of the International Day to Protect Education from Attack, the EU reaffirms its commitment to promote and protect the right of every child to grow in a safe environment, have access to quality education, and build a better and more peaceful future.

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