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HE Leo Faber, EU Ambassador, Mr Hugh Evans, British Ambassador, Michael Grau, German Ambassador, Ms. Marie Keller, French Deputy Head of Mission and Mr. Thomas Lammar of the Luxembourg Embassy spoke at a press conference to local media on the occasion of the Human Rights Day, which marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations on 10 December 1948. The Declaration becomes a landmark expression of global commitment to provide people all over the world with universal rights and freedoms.

The EU has a longstanding policy promoting respect for human rights in all third countries. In this regard, the EU Guidelines on Death Penalty adopted in 2013 state that the EU will continue its long-standing campaign against the death penalty.

In a recent development, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU have decided to further strengthen these rules. This new legislation was signed on 23 November.

Le 10 décembre, l'Union européenne et ses États membres célèbrent la Journée des droits de l'homme. Alors que les inégalités et les violations des droits de l'homme posent un nombre croissant de défis à travers le monde et que des conflits se poursuivent dans des pays tels que la Syrie, il est d'autant plus important que nous redoublions d'efforts pour défendre les droits de tous. C'est la raison pour laquelle cette année, nous nous joignons aux Nations unies pour appeler chacun à défendre les droits de quelqu'un.

For a ninth consecutive year, hundreds of music lovers packed the Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica on 9 December for a chance to enjoy Christmas carols from across Europe. This year, the annual EU Christmas Concert returned with an impressive programme featuring songs from all 28 EU Member States to the delight of those in attendance.

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Pour la neuvième année consécutive, des centaines de spectateurs ont rempli la Cathédrale Notre-Dame le 9 décembre pour apprécier les chants de Noël d'à travers toute l'Europe. Cette année, le programme comportait des chants des 28 États membres de l'Union européenne, pour le plaisir des spectateurs.

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On the occasion, of world Human Rights Day European Union Ambassador HE Ioannis Giogkarakis-Argyropoulos reminds that human rights is universal and therefore all people, irrespective of origin, age, gender, religion, place, or any other difference, are entitled to the same respect of their human rights and dignity.

Declaration by the High Representative Federica Mogherini
on behalf of the European Union on Human Rights Day, 10 December 2016

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