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10 prominent pro-democracy figures were sentenced today in Hong Kong in two separate cases for their peaceful involvement in protests. Those sentenced are Martin Lee, Albert Ho, Jimmy Lai, Margaret Ng, Cyd Ho, Lee Cheuk-yan, Leung Kwok-hung, Au Nok-hin, Leung Yiu-chung, and Yeung Sum. Their sentences range from terms of imprisonment between 8 and 18 months, and suspended prison sentences from 8 to 12 months in five of the cases. These latest decisions follow the sentencing of Joshua Wong and Sze-yiu Koo on 13 April.

Dear Petitioner,

We would like to thank for your letter of 18 March, expressing concern about the situation in Myanmar.

The military coup staged on 1 February 2021 is a clear attempt by the military to overturn the will of the Myanmar people and their strong attachment to democracy, as expressed in the November 2020 general election.

Josep Borrell, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, announced today senior appointments in the European External Action Service (EEAS):

Shqipëria ndodhet tani pothuaj një javë para zgjedhjeve. Ka qenë një fushatë plot me ngjarje dhe e nxehtë, por diçka e rëndësishme duket se mungon.

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Albania is now almost one week before elections. It has been an eventful and heated campaign, but something important seems to be missing.

We have seen so far little debating and very few policy proposals dedicated to the most important and vibrant part of the Albanian society: its young people.

Young Albanians represent almost 40% of the population. They are the future of this country and they are future citizens of the European Union. They should be at the core of the campaign and party manifestos.

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Dear petitioners,

High Representative/Vice President Borrell has asked me to thank you for your message and to reply on his behalf.

Mr Borrell asked Ambassador Navarro to come to Brussels in early March to discuss certain reproaches levelled against him. This discussion has since then taken place. In this context, Ambassador Navarro acknowledged that it was not within the scope of his functions as a diplomatic representative of the European Union to subscribe to initiatives of the kind as the open letter to President Biden.

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