Human rights are at the heart of the European Union's external action and the EU reaffirms its role as a leading global proponent of the promotion and protection of human rights. On 28 May 2018, the Council adopted the EU's annual report on human rights and democracy in the world in 2017.
Sixty-eight years ago today, French foreign minister Robert Schuman proposed a joint authority to oversee French and German production of coal and steel, launching an ambitious and remarkable project which has shaped the course of European history and redefined Europe's place in the world.
This project – of peace, of partnership, of shared values and solidarity – is far from over.
Se han reportado varias muertes, muchas lesiones y daños extensos a la propiedad en medio de extensas manifestaciones y contramovilizaciones en varias áreas de Nicaragua desde que se anunciaron reformas al sistema de seguridad social hace unos días.
Several deaths, many injuries and extensive damage to property have been reported amid extensive demonstrations and counter-mobilisations in various areas of Nicaragua since reforms to the social security system were announced a few days ago.
The European Union expresses its condolences to the families of the victims, and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. Violence is unacceptable; differences can only be resolved through inclusive dialogue. Protests need to be conducted peacefully, and public security forces must act with maximum restraint.
Access to safe drinking water is a fundamental right but is still a challenge in many parts of the world. On World Water Day, the European Union reaffirms that all States are expected to fulfil their obligations regarding access to safe drinking water, which must be available, accessible, safe, acceptable, and affordable for all without discrimination, and recalls that the right to safe drinking water is a human right essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.