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I am following the worrying events in Myanmar. The escalation of violence with more than 100 civilian killings perpetrated by the military against its own people on its ‘Armed Forces Day’ is unacceptable. Far from celebrating, the Myanmar military has made yesterday a day of horror and of shame.

I reiterate the EU’s condemnation of the callous violence perpetrated against the people of Myanmar and urge the Myanmar military leaders to stand down from this senseless path. This tragedy must stop.

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The EU is organising the fifth Brussels Conference on ‘Supporting the future of Syria and the region next 29 and 30 March 2021, co-chaired with the United Nations. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this two-day Conference will take place in a virtual format.

The European Union congratulates Sudan for clearing its arrears to the International Development Association (IDA). 

The Sudanese Transitional Government’s efforts will stabilise the economy, strengthen governance and improve the social and economic conditions of its citizens. In doing so, Sudan moves a step closer to normalising its relations with the international community and to advance debt relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative.

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26/03/2021 – HR/VP Blog – Despite initial setbacks, the EU is working hard to accelerate the internal roll out of COVID-19 vaccines. At the same time, we are already contributing in a very significant way to the global vaccination drive via exports and the international COVAX facility.

On 25 March 2021, the European Union and Cuba held their third political dialogue on unilateral coercive measures by videoconference. The dialogue provides a structured framework to exchange views on coercive measures of unilateral character with extra-territorial application that are contrary to international law and commonly accepted rules of international trade.

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On 30 June 2020, representatives of 84 delegations - 57 States, 10 regional organisations and International Financial Institutions (IFI) as well as 17 United Nations (UN) agencies – came together to renew political, humanitarian, and financial commitments for supporting the future of Syria and the region at the Brussels IV conference. Hosted by the European Union (EU) and co-chaired by the UN, the eighth pledging conference announced a total funding pledge of US$5.5 billion (€4.9 billion) for 2020 and multi-year pledges of close to US$2.2 billion (€2 billion) for 2021 and beyond, in addition, IFIs and donors also announced US$6.1 billion (€5.5 billion) in loans1 for 2020 and beyond. More details in the report.

The Council today extended the mandate of the EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) military operation in the Mediterranean - EUNAVFOR MED IRINI - until 31 March 2023.

The Council today decided no to maintain Khalifa Ghwell, former prime minister and defence minister of the internationally unrecognised General National Congress of Libya, on the list of individuals and entities subject to EU restrictive measures in view of their role in acts that threaten the peace, stability and security of Libya, or that obstruct or undermine the successful completion of its political transition.

Since the fraudulent presidential election seven months ago, Belarusian authorities have committed unacceptable human rights violations against the people of Belarus. In the face of a massive, peaceful mobilisation of the Belarusian population standing up for democracy and their fundamental freedoms, the authorities have responded with violent repression, arbitrary arrest and detention, hundreds of documented cases of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, including sexual and gender-based violence.

On 25 March 2021, the European Union and Armenia held the 11th round of their regular Human Rights Dialogue, this year in virtual format. Following the entry into force of the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) on 1 March 2021, both sides reiterated their commitment to continue its implementation. The CEPA commits the EU and Armenia to further strengthening respect for fundamental freedoms.

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