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Joint Statement on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

The EU publishes and updates guidelines for Human Rights - (Arabic version available)

Shared Vision, Common Action: A Stronger Europe

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Message by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

The adoption of the "Bill on Protection of Reputation and Good Name and Freedom of Expression" by the Maldivian Parliament on 9 August imposes a number of restrictions on the freedom of expression, including restrictions on grounds of religion, defamation and social norms. The penalisation of defamation and the high penalties prescribed in the Bill pose a direct threat to media, political opposition and civil society in the Maldives. The penalisation of such acts, in a country where the independence and functioning of the judiciary is not in compliance with international standards, is aggravating the situation further.

The Supreme Court in the Maldives has confirmed the death sentence against Mr Hussain Humaam. If the sentence is carried out, it would be the first execution in the Maldives since 1953.

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The conviction of former President Mohamed Nasheed for charges under anti-terrorist legislation raises very serious questions about due process of law and risks undermining people's trust in the independence of the judiciary.

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