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The EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World for 2018 was adopted by the Council on 13 May 2019. Every year the EU publishes the global human rights report on every country in the world, including The Gambia.
In 2018 the EU remained at the forefront of the protection and promotion of human rights in a rapidly changing geopolitical landscape. The EU engaged in activities across the globe in line with the objectives set out in the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy (2015-2019).
Every year, 9th of May marks Europe Day, a day dedicated to the celebration of peace and unity in Europe. On 9th of May 1950 the French Foreign Minister Robert Schumann proposed to place French and German production of coal and steel - strategic items for warfare - under a common high authority in an attempt to prevent further conflicts in Europe.
Across the globe, cultural, traditional or religious values continue to be used to justify persecution, discrimination, bullying and ill-treatment against LGBTI persons. Even in countries with legal protection, stigmatisation due to homophobia, transphobia and biphobia remains high. It is our duty to combat this, notably through our policies, concrete actions and communication, which should be inclusive, respectful and leaving no one behind.
To celebrate the power of unity, cooperation and dialogue in Europe and around the world, more than 400 guests happily joined in the celebration of Europe Day 2019 at a reception held at Sierra Lighthouse. The EU Delegation had prepared a video for the occasion with messages on EU in Sierra Leone, which was projected at the entrance.
Kindly click to view this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G29C7uAaKq0