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The spiral of ever increasing violence in Eastern Ukraine needs to stop. The fighting provoked by the continued separatist offensive, notably around Debaltseve, is causing great human suffering and undermines all efforts aimed at a political solution. The shelling of civilians, wherever it happens, is a grave violation of international humanitarian law. Artillery should immediately be withdrawn from residential areas.

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You are invited to an off-the-record background briefing on the EU Intelligence Analysis Centre (EU INTCEN), at the EEAS building, Rond-Point Schuman 9, on Thursday 5 February at 14h30.

Due to limited space, please confirm if you will be able to attend to Alceo.SMERILLI@ec.europa.eu

Accreditation for this briefing will be given on a first-come, first served basis. For accredited press only.

Today's decision of a Court in Egypt to sentence 183 defendants to death following a mass trial is in violation of Egypt's international human rights obligations. 
 
We call on the Egyptian judicial authorities to ensure that due legal process is followed, in line with international standards.
 
The EU opposes capital punishment under all circumstances and considers it cruel and inhuman, failing to act as a deterrent and representing a denial of human dignity and integrity.

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La condamnation à mort de 183 prévenus prononcée aujourd’hui par un tribunal égyptien à l’issue d’un procès collectif constitue une violation des obligations internationales qui incombent à l’Égypte en matière de droits de l’homme. 

 

Nous demandons aux autorités judiciaires égyptiennes de faire en sorte qu'un procès en bonne et due forme soit organisé, conformément aux normes internationales.

 

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L'Ambassadeur de l’UE, Marie-Anne Coninsx, et les Chefs de mission des États membres de l’UE ont accueilli l’Honorable James Moore, Ministre fédéral de l’industrie, à la Délégation de l’UE le 2 février.

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A meeting with NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg and the Quartet, participation in the CELAC Summit, and chairing an extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council on Ukraine, were amongst the items on Federica Mogherini's agenda last week.

The release of Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste, detained for 400 days is a positive step taken by the Egyptian authorities.

His colleagues, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed however, remain in custody and we call for their release.

Freedom of expression is an essential element of a democratic society. Journalists must be able to work in a safe working environment.

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La libération du journaliste d’Al Jazeera Peter Greste, détenu depuis 400 jours, est une mesure positive prise par les autorités égyptiennes.

Ses collègues Mohammed Fahmy et Baher Mohammed restent cependant en détention et nous demandons leur libération.

La liberté d’expression constitue un élément essentiel d’une société démocratique. Les journalistes doivent pouvoir travailler dans un environnement de travail sûr.

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Following the beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, our thoughts are with his family and the people of Japan.

The EU remains fully committed to fight Da'esh and other terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq and to stand by the people of all countries who have been most exposed to terrorism.

We will use all means at our disposal to contribute to regional and international efforts undertaken to tackling this threat to human lives and to global security. We will do all that we can to ensure that perpetrators are held accountable.

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