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The protests in several Iranian cities over the past days have, according to reports, led to serious loss of life and left many people injured. We convey our condolences to the families of victims and wish a speedy recovery to those injured.

On 19 November 2019, in Brussels, the European Union and Costa Rica held their third High Level Dialogue to strengthen the two parties' political dialogue and cooperation, as well as to discuss their bilateral relations and current international policy. The meeting helped identify points of convergence and promote joint action in regional and multilateral fora.

The detention of more than 13 Nicaraguans on 14-15 November in connection with their support to hunger strikers gathered at the Church of San Miguel in the city of Masaya, as well as the siege of the church by police forces, represent an infringement against the fundamental rights of Nicaraguan citizens. This is a serious setback to the political process that conveys a negative signal about the willingness of the government to work towards a peaceful and democratic way out of the crisis.

The Prime Minister of the Government of Republic of Yemen, Dr. Muin Abdel Malik, returned yesterday to Aden, the country’s interim capital. This constitutes an essential first step in implementing the Riyadh Agreement signed between the Government of Yemen and the Southern Transitional Council. The presence of the Government in Yemen is a key development. The European Union expects all stakeholders to abide to the terms of the Agreement and display sincere collaboration on the ground to ensure its smooth and timely implementation.

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Millions of young people have spread the message of children’s rights in the run-up to the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child - thanks to a joint campaign by the European Union and UNICEF.

During his visit to Rwanda, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica has announced a €10.3 million support package to the UNHCR's Emergency Transit Mechanism (ETM) in Rwanda, which provides a life-saving avenue out of Libya for people in need of international protection, with a view to their further resettlement. The funding is provided through the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa. This initiative builds on the example of the ETM Niger, through which more than 2,900 refugees and asylum seekers have been evacuated out of Libya since 2017.

This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child - the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history that has helped transform children's lives around the world for the better.

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