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At a time when human rights are challenged on a daily basis with many attempts to undermine the universality and indivisibility of human rights, the EU has remained at the forefront of the protection and promotion of human rights and democracy, be it in international forums, bilaterally with governments or through concrete support to the civil society.
34-year-old taxi driver Omar Musa, was amongst 40,000 Libyans who, together with his family, had to flee from the city of Tawergha after the 2011 revolution in Libya. People were living in dire conditions in camps spread across the country. Seven years later, Omar was finally able to return home. “When I arrived I was not aware of the danger that I faced. However, I found billboards and posters on the walls near the entrance of the city with emergency phone numbers to report any explosive remnants of war. I did not really understand what that meant at the time." Indeed, in such situations, the EU supports projects to raise awareness about unexploded ordnances and mines, and to help clear people’s properties so that they can return safely home.
«Существует «европейский путь» к миру и безопасности, который идентичен «пути ООН» к миру и безопасности. Это путь, основанный на посредничестве и миротворческих операциях, устойчивом развитии и защите прав человека, гуманитарной помощи, построении и соблюдении общих правил», — заявила Верховный Представитель ЕС Федерика Могерини, выступая перед Советом Безопасности ООН (СБ ООН) в Нью-Йорке 12 марта 2019 года.
Randy Steidl was sentenced to death in Illinois in the 1980s. He spent 12 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. In 2003, the Governor of Illinois commuted all death sentences into life sentences, and only after that, Randy managed to prove his innocence and to be released. As a free man, he campaigned for a complete abolition of the death penalty in his State, and success arrived just a few years later. "We need to tell and to listen to these stories, and through them, we need to work to change the culture and the mind-set of those who still support the death penalty," said EU High Representative Federica Mogherini during her opening speech at the 7th World Congress Against the Death Penalty.