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"Mongolia's recent ratification of both the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment,and the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance is an important step in promoting and respecting human rights at the international, regional and domestic level. The EU stands ready to assist Mongolia in the full implementation of these key human rights instruments.

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The European Union, the United Nations, the United States and Egypt - the country most directly affected by the terrorist violence and fighting in the area- met yesterday to discuss the situation in Libya in the margins of the Counter Violence Extremism Summit upon impulsion of the EU.

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The Political Directors of the E3/EU+3 and Iran will meet on 22 February 2015 in Geneva to continue their diplomatic efforts towards reaching a long-term, comprehensive solution to the Iranian nuclear issue.

This meeting will be preceded by a bilateral meeting between the United States and Iran with the participation of EEAS Political Director Helga Schmid who will then chair the E3+3 Political Directors' meeting on Sunday.

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"Reports of planned further executions in Indonesia, which would be the third round of executions since November 2013, are once again deeply regrettable.

The EU is opposed to capital punishment in all cases and without exception, and has consistently called for its universal abolition.

The European Union repeats its call on the Indonesian authorities to stop all pending executions and move towards a definitive moratorium."

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The fight against violent extremism dominated a week which saw EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini visit Spain and Portugal, chair the informal meeting of EU Defence Ministers in Riga, and speak at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism.

According to reports, the Iranian authorities are about to execute Mr Saman Naseem, who was apparently a minor at the time of the crime for which he has been convicted.  
 
We call on the Iranian authorities to abide by international human rights law, under which the execution of juvenile offenders is a violation of international minimum standards, and not to carry out the execution of Mr Naseem or any other juvenile offender.

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The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, will visit Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday 23rd February, as the country prepares to take a step forward on its EU integration path.
 

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