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In 1948, after the devastating Second World War, which brought painful divisions in Europe and occupation for many European countries, the international community committed to define, promote and protect human rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights that we celebrate on 10 December has enshrined these shared principles and has had a profound influence on the development of the world. But still, almost seventy years on, we are far from the full respect of these commitments all over the world, and we recognize that all states must do more in this respect.

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On the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, the EU speaks out for freedom of speech and calls for international obligations to protect journalists and investigate abuses to be upheld by State authorities, within and outside the EU.

On the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, the European Union commends the work of journalists in uncovering abuses of power, shining a light on corruption and human right violations, and questioning received opinion, often putting themselves at risk of intimidation, violence and death. An independent and free media is the basis of a participatory and pluralist democracy, and a tool to make governments accountable for their actions.

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

The "European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)" has launched a new call for proposals addressed to the civil society and human rights defenders, working in non-EU countries. The call is composed of five lots corresponding to five key areas of human rights. The deadline for submitting concept notes is 9 November 2017 at 16:00 (Brussels time).

Joint Declaration by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on the European and World Day against the Death Penalty

On 29 September, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis and the Director-General of Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) José Graziano da Silva, signed a Letter of Intent on collaboration between the two organisations in tackling the problems of waste in food supply chains and antimicrobial resistance.

The book presents a selection of Papal speeches revealing the Church's position regarding the process of European construction.

Partnership sharpens focus on resilience, food crises, climate change, agricultural investments, nutrition, sustainable food systems

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