Today, Nigeria is once again the target of terrorist violence. An attack on a market in Yola, capital of north eastern Adamawa state has killed over 30 people and wounded many more. The EU expresses its condolences with those who lost loved ones and recalls its full solidarity with the Nigerian government and people.
Through its European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), the EU works with its southern and eastern neighbours to achieve the closest possible political association and the greatest possible degree of economic integration. The policy helps the EU to support and foster stability, security and prosperity.
The decision by the Baku Court of Appeals to transfer peace activist and historian Arif Yunus from prison to house arrest is a welcome and positive humanitarian gesture; we hope that further steps will follow. The EU is ready to further deepen and broaden our dialogue and co-operation with Azerbaijan.
The decision to declare a State of Emergency and suspend fundamental freedoms enshrined in the constitution of the Maldives is the latest in a series of worrying developments in the country.
It is essential that all constitutional fundamental rights and freedoms are immediately restored and that due process of law is respected. A genuine dialogue with all political parties on the future of the country needs to be established.
Parliamentary elections took place on 1 November 2015 in the Republic of Azerbaijan. No agreement was reached between the Azerbaijani authorities and OSCE/ODIHR on the number of electoral observers, which compelled OSCE/ODIHR to cancel its election observation mission; an Election Observation Mission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe was deployed.
The Azerbaijani authorities need to implement previous OSCE/ODIHR recommendations.