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15/01/2021 – HR/VP Blog – For more than two months, conflict has been raging in the Tigray region in Ethiopia. The situation is desperate for the local population and the conflict is unsettling dynamics both within Ethiopia and the whole region. I have passed a clear message to the Ethiopian leadership: we are ready to help, but unless there is access for humanitarian aid operators, the EU cannot disburse the planned budget support to the Ethiopian government.

The European Union welcomes the efficient organisation of the Parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan that took place on 10 January 2021, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Kazakh authorities’ good cooperation with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR). While Kazakhstan has undertaken some political reforms and modernisation processes since the last parliamentary elections, these elections were, however, a missed opportunity to demonstrate their efficient implementation.

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10/01/2021 – HR/VP blog – The shocking events in Washington last Wednesday must be a wake-up call for all democracy advocates around the world. We need to fight harder against disinformation and inequalities and renew global cooperation to promote the rule of law and democratic values.

On 2 January 2021, Kazakhstan announced its ratification of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, becoming the 88th party. This Protocol aims at making irreversible the abolition of the death penalty, already enshrined in Constitution of Kazakhstan in 2007.

The death penalty is an inhuman and cruel punishment, which fails to deter criminal behaviour.

The EU welcomes this important step by Kazakhstan, which is in line with the world trend to abandon the most inhuman punishment.

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05/01/2021 – HR/VP blog – Over the last weeks, we have witnessed a serious humanitarian crisis concerning hundreds of migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The crisis is largely due to the dysfunctioning governance in the country. However, it also reminds us of the urgent need to update our common asylum and migration policy.

03/01/2021 – HR/VP blog – In 2021, we want to give fresh impetus to the partnership between the European Union and Africa. However, this partnership should not be limited to economic and political issues – culture and cultural exchanges should become a key part of it.

Almaty, 29 December 2020 – The European Union in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), today flew to Kazakhstan a shipment of over 300,000 ampoules of dexamethasone and 2,000 pulse oximeters in support of the Government of Kazakhstan’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The total weight of the EU-funded humanitarian aid is 1,138 kg.

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