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  1. At the invitation of the League of Arab States, the Sixth Meeting of the Libya Quartet was held on 20 April 2021 between the League of Arab States (LAS), the United Nations (UN), the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU).

Statement delivered by H.E. Ambassador Marjolijn van Deelen, Special Envoy for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation

 

Mr Chairperson,

I have asked to take the floor on behalf of the European Union (EU).

High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union/Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell, met with the Palestinian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Dr Riyad Al Malki in Brussels on Monday.

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Good afternoon to all of you.

It has been a long, intensive and very useful [Foreign Affairs] Council by video conference, once again. Due to the travel restrictions, the [Foreign Affairs] Ministers have decided to hold this meeting through the plasma.

After nearly six months of negotiations, the citizens of Georgia have made clear that they want the political crisis to end, and for all elected Members to work together in Parliament and address the serious challenges facing the country, including the regional challenges, COVID, and the economic crisis.

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10 prominent pro-democracy figures were sentenced today in Hong Kong in two separate cases for their peaceful involvement in protests. Those sentenced are Martin Lee, Albert Ho, Jimmy Lai, Margaret Ng, Cyd Ho, Lee Cheuk-yan, Leung Kwok-hung, Au Nok-hin, Leung Yiu-chung, and Yeung Sum. Their sentences range from terms of imprisonment between 8 and 18 months, and suspended prison sentences from 8 to 12 months in five of the cases. These latest decisions follow the sentencing of Joshua Wong and Sze-yiu Koo on 13 April.

On 12 April, the EU Delegation organised a public online conference to mark the recent adoption of the new EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child, map out synergies with the upcoming Council of Europe respective Strategy in this field and grasp the importance of international standards for the protection of the rights of children across Europe.

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Your turn to speak, our turn to listen! In line with the new EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child, we strive to promote, protect and fulfill the rights of the child and this can be best achieved by giving children a powerful and meaningful voice. Help us better understand what these rights mean to you! We invite all children aged 10 to 17 to send us, by 15 October 2021, video projects reflecting their perspectives on their own rights.

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The Council today decided to extend its restrictive measures responding to serious human rights violations in Iran until 13 April 2022. These measures consist of a travel ban and an asset freeze, and a ban on exports to Iran of equipment which might be used for internal repression and of equipment for monitoring telecommunications. In addition, EU citizens and companies are forbidden from making funds available to the listed individuals and entities.

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