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19/12/2021 – HR/VP Blog – The crises in and around Ukraine and Belarus are at the top of the international agenda. They are good examples of a new paradigm, in which hybrid threats and power politics are destabilising our neighbourhood and beyond. We must continue to be firm and united in our response and strengthen our own security and defence policy. At stake are the principles underpinning the European security order. 

On International Migrants Day, the EU reaffirms its commitment to continue working for a comprehensive, humane and sustainable response to migration challenges, while striving to seize the opportunities that migration offers

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On the occasion of the International Migrants Day, the European Commission and the High Representative made the following statement

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The European Union calls for the release of Vietnamese journalist and blogger Ms Pham Doan Trang, who has been sentenced to nine years of prison at the Hanoi’s People Court on 14 December on the vague charge of alleged “anti-state propaganda”. The actions taken against Ms Pham Doan Trang on the basis of her extensive and peaceful journalistic work defending civil and political rights are in violation of Vietnam’s international human rights obligations, notably the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Vietnam is a party since 1982.

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Good evening,

That was the last Foreign Affairs Council of the year and it had a very dense agenda. Let me start with two concrete decisions we took to react to negative developments:

Today, we adopted two sanctions decisions.

First, a new sanctions regime allowing to target persons and entities obstructing the political transition in Mali.

The European Union is guided by the principles of the universality, interdependence and indivisibility of human rights, which are inherent to all human beings,

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On the eve of Human Rights Day and coinciding with the Summit for Democracy, the European Union launches the Global Europe Human Rights and Democracy programme. This programme, worth €1.5 billion, steps up EU support in promoting and protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, democracy, and the rule of law and the work of civil society organisations and human rights defenders around the world during the period 2021–2027. The programme will promote and protect the universality of human rights, strengthen the rule of law and accountability for human rights violations and abuses, and defend the full and effective exercise of fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of expression, supporting independent journalism and media, while seizing opportunities and countering risks associated with digital and new technologies.

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