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Brussels, 26 July 2011 A 296/11 – 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 expresses her serious concern over the increasingly difficult conditions for human rights lawyers in Iran. The latest example is the case of prominent human rights lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, who was arrested in 2009 and recently sentenced to 9 years in prison and a 10 year occupational ban. The persecution of human rights defenders in Iran is in breach of the international obligations that Iran has itself signed up to. The High Representative calls on Iran to respect these obligations, which she believes would warrant a review of the case of Mohammad Ali Dadkhah.”


Le porte-parole de Catherine Ashton, Haute Représentante de l’Union pour les affaires étrangères et la politique de sécurité et vice-présidente de la Commission, a fait ce jour la déclaration suivante:

L’Union européenne a pris connaissance du verdict prononcé ce jeudi 23 juin 2011 à l’issue du procès des assassins présumés du défenseur des Droits de l’Homme Floribert Chebeya et de son chauffeur Fidèle Bazana de l’ONG ” Voix des Sans Voix”.

L’UE a demandé depuis le premier jour que toute la lumière soit faite sur le décès de Floribert Chebeya et la disparition de son chauffeur Fidèle Bazana et que le procès qui s’en est suivi se déroule de manière exemplaire. Les diplomates des missions de l’Union européenne ont assisté régulièrement aux audiences du procès, qui s’est déroulé globalement de manière satisfaisante.

L’UE voit dans ce jugement un élément positif dans l’application de la justice et reste attentive aux suites judiciaires qui en découleront.

Elle réaffirme également son appel à ce que les autorités congolaises mettent en oeuvre tous les moyens pour s’assurer qu’aucun individu ne puisse échapper à ses responsabilités pénales.

L’UE rappelle que la lutte contre l’impunité et la défense des droits de l’homme sont un des éléments centraux de son partenariat avec la RDC. Elle réaffirme également sa position contre la peine de mort, demande que ces peines soient commuées en peines de perpétuité et que l’abolition définitive de la peine de mort soit rapidement consacrée par la loi.


Washington, D.C., June 24, 2011 – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemns the murder in El Salvador of human rights defender Juan Francisco Durán Ayala, who was an activist with the Comité Ambiental de Cabañas para la Defensa del Agua y los Recursos Naturales (Cabañas Environmental Committee for the Defense of Water and Natural Resources, or CAC for its acronym in Spanish). The CAC is an organization that defends the environment from the impact of mining activities in the area of El Dorado, in San Isidro Cabañas. The IACHR urges the State of El Salvador to investigate and legally clarify this crime, and punish the perpetrators and masterminds.

According to the information received by the IACHR, on June 2, 2011, Juan Francisco Durán Ayala allegedly hung posters and banners calling for the approval of an anti-mining law and demanding that a mining company cease its activities in Cabañas. The following day, Juan Francisco Durán was reportedly seen alive for the last time when he left his house to take classes at the Universidad Tecnológica in San Salvador. The information received alleges that the body of Juan Francisco Durán was found June 4, with two gunshot wounds to the head, in the municipality of Soyapango. (more…)


BRUSSELS – , 23 June 2011 A 245/11 – 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 welcomes the reports that the artist Ai Weiwei has been released, while regretting the circumstances of his detention.
This case has been the subject of widespread concern and featured among others in the recent EU- China human rights dialogue held last week in Beijing.”


Washington, D.C., June 20, 2011—The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemns the murder in Colombia of Ana Fabricia Córdoba Cabrera, an Afro-descendant community leader who worked with displaced persons seeking the restitution of lands in the Urabá region. The Commission also expresses its deep concern over a new death threat targeting human rights defenders and organizations.

According to the information the IACHR has received, Ana Fabricia Córdoba was a member of the organization Ruta Pacífica de las Mujeres (Women’s Peaceful Path) and a founder of the Asociación Líderes Hacia delante por un Tejido Humano de Paz (Association of Leaders Moving Forward for a Human Fabric of Peace, LATEPAZ), whose mission is to support victims of forced displacement. Ana Fabricia Córdoba Cabrera had allegedly reported a number of cases in which rights of displaced persons had been violated by paramilitaries in the Medellín neighborhoods of La Cruz and La Honda. The information indicates that on June 7, a man shot the community leader with a firearm while she was traveling on a bus on her way to Santa Cruz. The IACHR is deeply concerned that Colombian government authorities have admitted publicly that the murder of Ana Fabricia Córdoba could have been averted, since the Ministry of the Interior’s Protection Program had reportedly known about threats against the community leader since May 9 but had failed to implement protection measures in a timely manner. (more…)