Executive orders for the execution of 80 persons have recently been announced in Iraq, with further possible execution orders to follow. This is a regrettable development as, following the formation of a new Government in Iraq in 2014, a review of all pending cases was undertaken. This review and a possible permanent suspension of all executions had been seen as a positive signal by the EU, in line with its principled opposition to the use of the death penalty.
Les autorités iraquiennes ont récemment donné l'ordre d'exécuter 80 personnes et annoncé que d'autres exécutions pourraient suivre. Il s'agit là d'une évolution regrettable alors qu'après la formation d'un nouveau gouvernement dans le pays en 2014, toutes les affaires pendantes avaient fait l'objet d'une révision. Cette révision, qui avait laissé entrevoir la perspective d'une suspension permanente de toutes les exécutions, avait été considérée comme un signal positif par l'UE, opposée, par principe, au recours à la peine de mort.
On 1 February 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the explosive spread of the Zika virus a public health emergency of international concern, requiring coordinated action to improve detection and accelerate work on a vaccine and better diagnostics for the disease
High Representative Federica Mogherini and Dutch Minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert co-chaired on Friday the informal meeting of Defence Ministers in Amsterdam. The event, organized by the Netherlands EU presidency, was a fruitful occasion to take stock on the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), with an eye on the ongoing military missions and operations in in the Horn of Africa, the Central African Republic and the Sahel region. The situation in Libya and Afghanistan were also part of the discussion.
We had a very intense, positive and informal discussion with the defence ministers of the 28 this morning. We were joined also by the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and by our friend and colleague from the United Nations, the Deputy Secretary General Hervé Ladsous, for two important discussions.