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High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell called the Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei on Friday night to speak about the developments in Belarus since the 9 August Presidential elections.

The High Representative reiterated the EU’s position as expressed on several occasions including most recently by EU leaders at the European Council meeting on 1 October.

The EU has been battling for the implementation and respect for human rights, and the global abolition
of death penalty remains a prominent priority. We celebrate the European and World Day against Death
Penalty by reaffirming our strong stand against capital punishment.

Today on the World and European Day Against the Death Penalty, the European Union and the Council of Europe reaffirm their opposition to the use of capital punishment in all circumstances and call for the universal abolition of the death penalty.

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Your Excellency Commissioner [of the African Union for Peace and Security, Smaїl] Chergui, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is for me a big pleasure to share with you, Commissioner Chergui, the opening of this webinar on such an important topic.

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Q. Besides this handover, what is the purpose of your visit here today and tomorrow? What do you plan to achieve? What are the main objectives?

It is a way of continuing our routine exchanges with our African partners.

On 7 and 8 October 2020, the European Union and the Republic of Uzbekistan held the 16th meeting of their Partnership and Cooperation Agreement Sub-Committee on Justice and Home Affairs, Human Rights and related issues. The meeting was held remotely via a video link between Brussels and Tashkent.

08/10/2020 - This Wednesday, we discussed in the European Parliament the dramatic situation in Venezuela. The country suffers from a deep political crisis with enormous humanitarian consequences. In recent weeks we have been trying to help create the minimum conditions for free and fair legislative elections. So far, the Maduro government has refused to postpone them. However, I will continue to work for a democratic solution which is the only way out.

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