EU foreign affairs ministers, gathered today in Luxembourg for a Foreign Affairs Council, have condemned Turkey's military action in north east Syria. "We have a common united European Union position … on the developments in the north-east of Syria … there is a clear condemnation from the European Union’s side of Turkey’s military action", said High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the press conference following the Council.
The European Union (EU) and the Council of Europe firmly oppose the death penalty at all times and in all circumstances. The death penalty is a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment contrary to the right to life. The death penalty means revenge, not justice, and its abolition contributes to the enhancement of human dignity.
A series of activities geared towards local peacebuilding and alleviating the humanitarian crisis in Taiz have been organised within the framework of the EU-funded project Supporting Inclusive Peace-Making Efforts and Political Transition in Yemen. This project, which is funded under the EU's Instrument Contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) and implemented in partnership with Deeproot Consulting and the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), aims to provide flexible and effective support to Yemen's peace process and political transition. Last month, the project organised a productive two-day workshop in Amman for leaders from Taiz's civil society to discuss efforts to ease the humanitarian suffering in their home province. Similarly, consultations were held on 18 and 19 September with leaders of political parties in Taiz, in order to identify the priorities for relieving the humanitarian situation.