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On this first International Day commemorating the victims of acts of violence based on religion or belief, we pay tribute to all those around the world who lost their lives and suffered attacks because of their religion or belief. Persecution as a response to religious belief or affiliation, or lack thereof, is a violation of international law and requires joint work to combat it.

The arbitrary and politically motivated decisions that were taken on 12 August by the Venezuelan Supreme Court and the non-recognised Constituent Assembly, against the National Assembly and four of its members – Tomas Guanipa, Jose Guerra, Rafael Gusman and Juan Pablo Garcia – constitute another direct attack on the only democratically elected body in Venezuela.

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This year's International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is dedicated to Indigenous Peoples’ Languages. Around 5,000 of the 7,000 languages spoken in the world are indigenous, and one of them dies every two weeks. The EU invests €500 million every year on education programmes to revitalize these ancient communication tools in 60 countries across the world.

Statement by the International Contact Group on the Conference for Democracy in Venezuela, held in Lima

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Statement by the International Contact Group on Venezuela: Panama joining the Group

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Delivered by Commissioner Christos Stylianides on behalf of High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini.

Dear colleagues, we follow with great attention the unfolding situation of migrants across the Central America region. Thousands aim at crossing the US-Mexico border in hope of reaching safety and build a livelihood for themselves and their families and their children. The reasons are multi-fold and many were noted in the earlier debate of the previous European Parliament on 14 November 2018.

The Senior Officials of the International Contact Group (ICG) met today in Brussels to discuss the latest developments in Venezuela.
 

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