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On February 27, the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) presented its Final Report into Ghana’s Presidential and Parliamentary elections, arguing they represented another milestone in the consolidation of democracy in Ghana. But Chief Observer, Tamas Meszerics, said an atmosphere of mistrust and tension during some phases of the election process could have been avoided, and could be addressed for future elections.

Statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica on the election results in Ghana

Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica on President Jammeh's rejection of the Presidential Elections results in The Gambia

HE Leo Faber, EU Ambassador, Mr Hugh Evans, British Ambassador, Michael Grau, German Ambassador, Ms. Marie Keller, French Deputy Head of Mission and Mr. Thomas Lammar of the Luxembourg Embassy spoke at a press conference to local media on the occasion of the Human Rights Day, which marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations on 10 December 1948. The Declaration becomes a landmark expression of global commitment to provide people all over the world with universal rights and freedoms.

The EU has a longstanding policy promoting respect for human rights in all third countries. In this regard, the EU Guidelines on Death Penalty adopted in 2013 state that the EU will continue its long-standing campaign against the death penalty.

In a recent development, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU have decided to further strengthen these rules. This new legislation was signed on 23 November.

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