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The EU welcomes the peaceful and democratic conclusion of the electoral process in Guyana and congratulates President Irfaan Ali on his swearing-in. This is an important step towards the consolidation of democracy in the country.

It is essential now that all parties and stakeholders work together diligently to overcome past differences and join efforts in uniting all Guyanese. The EU takes note of President Ali’s inauguration speech, where a commitment to constitutional and electoral reforms was made, and looks forward to its implementation.

8 August is ASEAN Day. The EU and ASEAN have now been partners for more than 40 years and – as the world’s two most advanced regional blocs – we have been cooperating on many fronts.

Following a review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU, the Council updated the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted. As stipulated in the Council recommendation, this list will continue to be reviewed regularly and, as the case may be, updated.

Based on the criteria and conditions set out in the recommendation, as from 8 August member states should gradually lift the travel restrictions at the external borders for residents of the following third countries:

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Tras una revisión realizada en virtud de la Recomendación sobre la restricción temporal de los viajes no esenciales a la UE y el posible levantamiento de dicha restricción, el Consejo ha actualizado la lista de países para los que deben levantarse las restricciones de los viajes. Con arreglo a lo dispuesto en la Recomendación del Consejo, esta lista se seguirá revisando regularmente y, si procede, se actualizará.

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Con motivo de la celebración del Día Internacional de los Pueblos Indígenas del Mundo, la UE extiende su solidaridad a todos los pueblos indígenas del mundo en un momento en que su salud, su vida y sus medios de subsistencia se ven amenazados por la pandemia de COVID-19.

L'Union européenne a soutenu la modernisation des laboratoires de LCDE à hauteur d’environ 105.000 d’euros (68.5 millions FCFA) en termes d'équipements de laboratoire, de formations spécialisées et de soutien du processus d'accréditation ISO. Des équipements de laboratoire supplémentaires et les formations pour leur utilisation, avec un budget total de 0.5 millions d’euros (327 millions FCFA), seront fournis en 2021.

Overview of the human rights and democracy situation:

In 2019, the main human rights related issues in the US included the death penalty, the use of the detention facility in Guantanamo, the protection of the rights of migrants and refugees, and the prioritisation of religious freedom over other rights such as the rights of LGBTI persons and women's rights.

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