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DIRECTRICES DE LA UE SOBRE LOS DEFENSORES

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Brussels, 21 January 2011 – A 022/11 – The spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement today:

“The High Representative deplores the decision of an Israeli military court to increase to 16 months the sentence of Mr. Abdallah Abu Rahma, a peaceful Palestinian activist committed to non violent protest against the route of the Israeli separation barrier through his West Bank village of Bil’in. She recalls the legitimate right of the Palestinians to engage in peaceful demonstrations”.

Brussels, 14 January 2011 – A 015/11 – Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, today made the following statement:

“I am deeply disturbed to hear that a court in Iran has sentenced Ms Nasrin Sotoudeh to 11 years in prison. Ms Sotoudeh has stood in defence of human rights activists for many years. I was also dismayed to learn that journalist Ms Shiva Nazar Ahari has received a sentence of 4 years in prison, together with corporal punishment.

Both of these women have worked – in conditions of great difficulty – to secure and promote the constitutionally guaranteed rights of Iranian citizens. The Islamic Republic of Iran was recently elected to the membership of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. These are two women who have been deprived of the very rights they were fighting to protect.”

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Brussels, 10 December 2010 17712/10 PRESSE 341 – On the occasion of Human Rights Day, on 10 December, the European Union pays tribute to the many human rights defenders worldwide dedicating their lives to promoting and protecting people’s fundamental rights as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We recognise and support the work of these courageous individuals who work to put an end to human rights violations wherever they occur around the world.

This year’s Human Rights Day celebration highlights the work of human rights defenders who fight against discrimination. The struggle against all forms of discrimination is a priority for the EU, be it at home or abroad. Discrimination can take many forms and the EU works closely with civil society campaigners worldwide in their fight against discrimination. The European Union calls upon all governments to ensure that laws and practices do not prevent legitimate and peaceful human rights work in line with the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. (más…)

Derechos humanos – 06-12-2010 – 15:47 – Dificultades, secretismo, doble rasero en la política exterior comunitaria… y “con demasiada frecuencia, el peso de la defensa de los derechos humanos sigue recayendo sobre los hombros de las personas” que trabajan en su favor. Así lo cree la presidenta de la subcomisión de Derechos Humanos del PE, la finlandesa Heidi Hautala, que sin embargo asegura creer en la justicia global y en la transparencia. En esta entrevista, pone rostro y voz al trabajo de los defensores de los derechos humanos.

Señora Hautala, ¿cómo apoyan el Parlamento Europeo y la subcomisión que preside a los defensores de los derechos humanos?

Sin alguien que defienda los derechos humanos, no hay derechos humanos. En junio, el Parlamento Europeo adoptó mi informe sobre los defensores de los derechos humanos, en el que se incluyen muchos aspectos prácticos. Estoy convencida de que está labor tendrá resultado: las directrices de la UE sobre defensores de los derechos humanos no pueden seguir siendo papel mojado. Ahora la cuestión se centra en el establecimiento del servicio europeo de acción exterior, tomando en serio a los defensores en todas las delegaciones de la UE y haciendo una estrategia local para apoyarlos. (más…)

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Brussels, 8 November 2010 – The spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement today on the human rights situation in Sudan:

Catherine Ashton condemns the recent arbitrary arrest and detention of Darfuri human rights activists and journalists by the Sudanese authorities. Over the last few days 13 Sudanese staff of Radio Dabanga and the organisation Human Rights and Advocacy Network for Democracy (HAND) are reported to have been arrested in Khartoum.

She is concerned for the welfare of these individuals and call for their release and for the Government of Sudan to abide by its obligations under international human rights law.

These arrests appear to be part of a broader pattern of harassment and intimidation of Sudanese civil society actors. The EU is also concerned about the harassment and detention of individuals in Darfur following the recent visit of the UN Security Council.

It is essential that human rights and basic freedoms are respected for there to be a peaceful resolution of the Darfur conflict.

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