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I was glad to participate on 9 July in a panel of renowned international affairs pundits from all continents, organised by our EU ISS and Carnegie, to discuss how we can navigate the pandemic world together.

On July 7, the Foreign ministers of Germany, France, Egypt and Jordan held an important discussion on the risks linked to the unilateral annexation of parts of the West Bank. Unfortunately I could not attend as I was travelling in order to deal with other equally important issues. The EU was represented by the Secretary General of the EEAS and the EU Special Representative for the Middle East.

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في 7 تموز/ يوليو، أجرى وزراء خارجية ألمانيا وفرنسا ومصر والأردن نقاش هام حول المخاطر المرتبطة بضم أجزاء من الضفة الغربية من جانب واحد. وللأسف، لم أتمكن من الحضور لأنني كنت في سفر من أجل التعامل مع مسائل أخرى لا تقل أهمية. ومثل الاتحاد الأوروبي الأمين العام للجهاز الأوروبي للعمل الخارجي والممثل الخاص للاتحاد الأوروبي للشرق الأوسط.

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The EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World 2019 was adopted by Council on 15 June 2020. This report, prepared annually by the EEAS and consulted with the Member States, provides an overview of EU activities to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the globe.

“Demography is destiny” said the sociologist Auguste Comte: the basic idea is that population trends and distributions determine the future of a country or region. Recently, my colleague Dubravka Suica, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for demography and democracy, provided us with an analysis of the foreseeable consequences of the demographic changes underway in Europe and globally. This work deserves our full attention, because this subject is both central to the Union's internal affairs and for its place in the world.

We need to build a common strategic culture in Europe. If we agree more on how we see the world and the challenges it contains, it will be easier to agree on what to do about them. Given our different histories, this will take time. It requires many discussions among all involved in the shaping of Europe’s foreign policy, both in Brussels and capitals. We need to understand where each of us is coming from; what worries people and why; but also what we have in common.

La torture nie la dignité de l’être humain. Ses victimes souffrent de blessures visibles et invisibles. Et c'est, aujourd’hui encore, la terrifiante réalité. En cette journée internationale pour le soutien aux victimes de la torture, le haut représentant de l’UE, Josep Borrell, fait la déclaration suivante: «À l’heure où le monde unit ses efforts pour surmonter la pandémie de coronavirus, les droits de l’homme doivent rester au centre de notre combat. En ce jour, nous faisons entendre les voix des centaines de milliers de personnes qui ont été victimes de torture ou qui le sont encore aujourd’hui.»

A tortura nega a dignidade ao ser humano. As vítimas de tortura têm feridas visíveis e feridas invisíveis. E esta realidade horrível continua a existir atualmente. No Dia Internacional de Apoio às Vítimas de Tortura, o alto representante da UE, Josep Borrrell, declara: «Numa altura em que o mundo está a unir esforços para ultrapassar a pandemia do coronavírus, os direitos humanos devem continuar a estar no centro da nossa batalha. Neste dia, damos voz às centenas de milhares de pessoas que foram vítimas de tortura, bem como às que ainda hoje são sujeitas a tortura.»

Torture denies the dignity of the human being. Its victims suffer both visible and invisible wounds. And this is still the horrifying reality today. On International Day in support of Victims of Torture, EU High Representative Josep Borrrell states “At a time when the world is joining efforts to overcome the coronavirus pandemic, human rights must remain at the core of our battle. On this day, we give a voice to the hundreds of thousands of people who have been victims of torture and those who are still tortured today.”

La tortura niega la dignidad del ser humano. Sus víctimas sufren heridas visibles e invisibles. Y sigue siendo una terrible realidad hoy en día. En el Día Internacional en apoyo de las Víctimas de la Tortura, Josep Borrrell, el Alto Representante de la UE afirma: «En estos momentos en que en el mundo se están aunando esfuerzos para superar la pandemia de coronavirus, los derechos humanos deben seguir siendo el eje de nuestra batalla. En este día, damos voz a los cientos de miles de víctimas de torturas y a quienes aún están siendo torturados hoy.»

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