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10 December marks Human Rights Day and this year it is devoted to the launch of a year-long campaign by the United Nations for the 50th anniversary of the two International Covenants on Human Rights: the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966.

 

The Baku Court of Appeal decided today to transfer human rights defender Dr Leyla Yunus to house arrest on medical grounds. This is a welcome and positive humanitarian gesture which follows a similar decision on 12 November with regard to Dr Yunus' husband, Mr Arif Yunus. The European Union hopes further steps will follow. We are ready to further deepen and broaden our relations with Azerbaijan.

Today, on the first International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime, High Representative Federica Mogherini commemorated the victims of genocide and remembered the common European commitment to prevent atrocity crime.

The Baku Court of Appeal decided today to transfer human rights defender Dr Leyla Yunus to house arrest on medical grounds. This is a welcome and positive humanitarian gesture which follows a similar decision on 12 November with regard to Dr Yunus' husband, Mr Arif Yunus. The European Union hopes further steps will follow. We are ready to further deepen and broaden our relations with Azerbaijan.

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Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, has appointed Patricia Llombart Cussac as the new Director for Security, Infrastructure, Budget and Information Technology and Dr. Gerhard Conrad as the new Director for the Intelligence and Situation Centre at the European External Action Service (EEAS).

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La Cour d’appel de Bakou a décidé aujourd’hui de libérer de prison la militante des droits de l’homme Leyla Yunus et de l’assigner à résidence, pour raisons médicales. Cette décision constitue un geste humanitaire positif dont il y a lieu de se féliciter. Elle fait suite à une décision similaire, prise le 12 novembre en faveur du mari de Mme Yunus, M. Arif Yunus. L’Union européenne espère que d’autres mesures suivront. Nous sommes prêts à approfondir et à élargir encore nos relations avec l’Azerbaïdjan.

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Mme Federica Mogherini, haute représentante de l’Union pour les affaires étrangères et la politique de sécurité/vice-présidente de la Commission européenne, a nommé Mme Patricia Llombart Cussac au poste de directrice pour la sécurité, les infrastructures, le budget et les technologies de l’information et M.

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Today, on this first International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime, I join people all over the world in commemorating and honouring the victims of genocide.

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