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UNCTAD - 65th Session of the Trade and Development Board
Geneva, 4 to 12 June 2018
EU Statement - Agenda item - 2 B: Industrial policies and productive capacity policies for a digital economy

Mr President, Honourable Members of the European Parliament, The human rights situation in Sudan constitutes a continuing worry for the European Union. The shrinking space for civil society organisations and restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly remain among the main areas of our concern. I personally also raised these issues during my visit to Sudan last October.

The European Parliament,

– having regard to its previous resolutions on Sudan,

– having regard to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1966 to which the Republic of Sudan has been a state party since 1986,

– having regard to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to which Sudan has been a State Party since 1990,

– having regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948,

– having regard to the UN General Assembly resolution of 19 December 2016 on child, early and forced marriage,

We, the ACP-EU Council of Ministers, Representing 107 countries from Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific and the European Union, committed to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;

The European Union has deployed an Election Observation Mission to Zimbabwe to observe the harmonised elections, scheduled for 30 July 2018.

Election observation is a vital EU activity aiming to promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law worldwide.

The European Union has deployed an Election Observation Mission to Zimbabwe to observe the harmonised elections, scheduled for 30 July 2018. In total, the mission is expected to comprise about 140 observers from EU member states.

Election observation gives the opportunity to assess an electoral process according to international standards. The EU is a leading global player in providing and financing electoral assistance complementary to election observation.

Upon the invitation of a foreign country organising democratic elections, the EU can decide to deploy an Election Observation Mission to the country's elections in consultation with the European Parliament and Member States.

Each EU missions works in the framework of a comprehensive approach. The mission works in agreement and coordination with the EU Delegations in the same area and in the framework of EU regional policies.

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