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The elections for Governors and local Assemblies on 11 April brought to an end the Nigerian electoral process. This process has been transparent, credible and largely peaceful which has been a credit to those involved and a historic moment for Nigerian and African democracy.

The EU, which deployed an Election Observation Mission to Nigeria, again congratulates all who participated and who worked hard to make the elections successful and to prevent violence.

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"Malaysia has decided to strengthen the Sedition Act, instead of repealing it as previously announced. This can have implications for the exercise of freedom of expression as demonstrated by recent controversial instances of application of the Act.

As a friend to Malaysia, the EU recalls that respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and trust in due process are essential tenets of any democratic system, underpinning growth, prosperity and harmony."

Une année s'est écoulée depuis l'enlèvement par le Boko Haram de 287 jeunes filles à Chibok, dans le Nord-Est du Nigeria. Bien que certaines d'entre elles aient réussi à s'enfuir, d'autres jeunes filles ont depuis été kidnappées et plus de 300 n'ont toujours pas été retrouvées.

Nous exprimons notre solidarité avec les familles durement éprouvées et notre soutien à la campagne «Bring Back Our Girls».

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A year has passed since 287 school girls from Chibok, in north-eastern Nigeria, were abducted by Boko Haram. Though some girls escaped, others have since been taken and more than 300 girls are still missing. 

We express our solidarity with the plight of the families and with the 'Bring Back Our Girls' campaign. 

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German Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier will be hosting his counterparts from the G7 states as well as the EU High Representative in Lübeck on 14 and 15 April 2015. The Foreign Ministers Meeting is taking place within the framework of Germany’s G7 Presidency.

 

You are invited to a background press briefing on the report by Professor Jean-Paul Jacqué on the review of the implementation of the mandate of EULEX Kosovo with a focus on the handling of the recent allegations, at the EEAS building, Rond-Point Schuman 9, today Tuesday 14 April at 16h00, with senior representatives of the EEAS.

Mesdames et Messieurs les pétitionnaires,     

Je vous remercie pour votre courrier du 10 novembre 2014. L'Union européenne a suivi avec attention les évènements documentés par le rapport du Bureau Commun des Nations Unies pour les Droits de l'Homme (BCNUDH) faisant état d'exactions commises par des éléments de la police nationale congolaise. En publiant son rapport, le Bureau Commun des Nations Unies pour les Droits de l'Homme a agi en pleine conformité avec le mandat que le Conseil de Sécurité a donné à la MONUSCO.

I have received the report by Professor Jean-Paul Jacqué on the review of the implementation of the mandate of EULEX Kosovo with a particular focus on the handling of the recent allegations and I would very much like to thank him for his work.

In line with my promise to ensure maximum transparency, today I have sent the report to the European Parliament and the EU Member States. We are also making the report public.

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