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Le 2 janvier 2021, le Kazakhstan a annoncé qu'il ratifiait le deuxième protocole facultatif se rapportant au Pacte international relatif aux droits civils et politiques, devenant ainsi la 88e partie à ce protocole. Ce dernier vise à rendre irréversible l'abolition de la peine de mort, une abolition déjà inscrite dans la Constitution du Kazakhstan en 2007.

La peine de mort constitue un châtiment cruel et inhumain, qui n'a pas d'effet dissuasif sur les comportements criminels.

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On 2 January 2021, Kazakhstan announced its ratification of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, becoming the 88th party. This Protocol aims at making irreversible the abolition of the death penalty, already enshrined in Constitution of Kazakhstan in 2007.

The death penalty is an inhuman and cruel punishment, which fails to deter criminal behaviour.

The EU welcomes this important step by Kazakhstan, which is in line with the world trend to abandon the most inhuman punishment.

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Today, the European Commission has granted a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) for the COVID‑19 vaccine developed by Moderna, the second COVID-19 vaccine authorised in the EU. This authorisation follows a positive scientific recommendation based on a thorough assessment of the safety, effectiveness and quality of the vaccine by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and is endorsed by the Member States.

The Venezuelan elections of 6 December 2020 for the National Assembly regrettably went ahead without a national agreement on electoral conditions. The European Union considers that the elections failed to comply with the international standards for a credible process and to mobilise the Venezuelan people to participate. The lack of political pluralism and the way the elections were planned and executed, including the disqualification of opposition leaders, do not allow the EU to recognise this electoral process as credible, inclusive or transparent, nor do they allow its outcome to be considered as representative of the democratic will of the Venezuelan people. The EU deeply regrets that the National Assembly assumed its mandate on 5 January on the basis of these non-democratic elections.

In Cambodia, where 70% of the population lives in rural areas, the development of road infrastructure is a priority. Roads make a significant contribution to economic growth through job creation and the emergence of the businesses that they generate. They also contribute to social inclusion through improved access to basic social services and lower costs of consumer goods.

Les condamnations de M. Pham Chi Dung à 15 ans de réclusion et de MM. Nguyen Tuong Thuy et Le Huu Minh Tuan à 11 ans chacun constituent un développement négatif. Tous les trois sont membres de l'Association des journalistes indépendants du Viêt Nam (IJAVN), une organisation de la société civile qui promeut la liberté d'expression, la liberté de la presse et la liberté d'association. Les États doivent protéger la liberté d'expression et créer un environnement favorable au débat public, même lorsque les opinions exprimées sont contraires à celles des autorités.

Việc tuyên phạt ông Phạm Chí Dũng 15 năm tù và ông Nguyễn Tường Thụy và ông Lê Hữu Minh Tuấn mỗi ông 11 năm tù là một diễn biến tiêu cực. Cả ba đều là thành viên của Hiệp hội Nhà báo Độc lập Việt Nam (IJAVN), một tổ chức xã hội dân sự thúc đẩy tự do ngôn luận, tự do báo chí và tự do lập hội. Các quốc gia phải bảo vệ quyền tự do ngôn luận và tạo ra một môi trường thuận lợi cho các cuộc tranh luận công khai ngay cả khi các ý kiến được bày tỏ trái ngược với những ý kiến mà chính quyền đưa ra.

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