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The detention of over a thousand demonstrators and violence used against them by the Russian authorities across the country today threaten the fundamental freedoms of expression, association and assembly in the Russian Federation. The detention of journalists also threatens the freedom of the media. These fundamental rights are enshrined in the Russian constitution and we expect them to be protected, not eroded. Even if some of the demonstrations were not authorised in the location where they took place, this cannot justify police brutality and mass arrests.

La détention de plus d'un millier de manifestants et la violence à laquelle les autorités russes ont recouru aujourd'hui à leur endroit partout dans le pays menacent la liberté d'expression, d'association et de réunion en Fédération de Russie. La détention de journalistes constitue également une menace pour la liberté des médias. Ces droits fondamentaux sont inscrits dans la Constitution russe et on s'attendrait à ce qu'ils soient protégés, et non restreints.

A new constitution has been promulgated in Chad. The process leading to its adoption was not carried out in a sufficiently inclusive manner, as required by such a fundamental measure. However, an appeal to relaunch the national framework for political dialogue, the forum for organising consultation within Chadian society, was issued by President Deby at the time of enactment.

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Une nouvelle Constitution a été promulguée au Tchad.  Le processus menant à son adoption n'a pas été mené de façon suffisamment inclusive comme requis par une démarche aussi fondamentale.  Toutefois, un appel à la relance du cadre national de dialogue politique, appelé à organiser la concertation au sein de la société tchadienne, a été lancé par le Président Deby lors de sa promulgation.

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Op-ed by Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) of the European Parliament, David McAllister: "The European Parliament is a strong proponent of a deeper and more comprehensive relationship with Southeast Asia. Four years ago the European Parliament and its Foreign Affairs Committee recommended that the European Union’s relationship with Indonesia should be elevated into a true strategic partnership..."

A delegation from the European Parliament will be in Indonesia from 7 to 9 May 2018 to meet Indonesian senior government officials and legislators as well as ASEAN Permanent representatives and its Secretary General. The visit will highlight the strategic nature of the EU-Indonesia and EU-ASEAN relationship.

Op-ed in the Jakarta Globe by Henrik Hololei, Director-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission: "For the European Union, a close and deep partnership with member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is of high importance. Our relationship is well defined already by the fact that the European Union is the first investor and second-largest trading partner of ASEAN..."

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