Statement on the arrest of Sheikh Ali Salman in Bahrain

The arrest of Sheikh Ali Salman on 28 December marks a further step in the confrontation between a part of the opposition and the authorities of the Kingdom of Bahrain that carries the risk of jeopardizing an already difficult political and security situation. The requisite standards of due process have to be ensured, including the presence of Sheikh Ali Salman’s legal counsel at all stages, transparency regarding his whereabouts, the objective application of guidelines for release on bail and, should Sheikh Ali Salman be brought to trial, fair and transparent court proceedings. Only a process of national reconciliation, without preconditions, can ensure stability and prosperity for Bahrain’s...

Statement on the inclusion of the Sakharov centre in the “Foreign Agents Registry” of the Russian Federation

The latest decision by the Russian Ministry of Justice on 25 December to forcibly include the Sakharov centre as well as two other regional NGOs in the so called “Foreign Agents Registry” confirms continued pressure on Russian civil society and human rights organisations. With this latest decision the number of Russian NGOs labelled as “foreign agents” has increased to a total of twenty-four. These developments affect the state of fundamental freedoms of association and expression in Russia. We expect that the Russian government will suspend the practice of branding Russian NGOs as “foreign agents”, comply with its international obligations and apply the international legal...

Statement on the attack against the AMISOM base in Mogadishu, Somalia

The attack carried out by Al-Shabaab against the Halane base camp of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), within Mogadishu International Airport, is a stark reminder of the terrorist threat in Somalia. We express our condolences to the victims and the families of those who have lost their lives. The EU pays tribute to the troops and police of the AMISOM contributing countries for their support to Somalia. It will remain a staunch supporter of AMISOM and the Somali National Army (SNA) in their efforts to bring security and stability to the country. The EU also remains strongly committed to support the Somali people in rebuilding...

Statement on the entry into force of the Arms Trade Treaty on 24 December 2014

“The entry into force today of the Arms Trade Treaty, adopted in  April 2013 by the UN General Assembly, is a landmark in the international security agenda. The EU has been an active supporter of the principles of greater responsibility and transparency in arms trade enshrined in the Treaty. The Treaty now needs to gain universal applicability in order to be truly effective. It also needs to be fully implemented. In this respect, the EU has adopted a new programme through which it will support States that wish to receive assistance in strengthening their controls over arms transfers, in compliance with the Arms Trade Treaty. The EU will also continue to encourage States not yet party to the Treaty to accede to it. All EU Member States have signed the Treaty and all ratifications will be completed shortly.  I want to reaffirm the strong commitment of the EU to actively engage in the preparation for the first Conference of States Parties which will take place next...
Entrata in vigore del Trattato sul commercio degli armamenti.

Entrata in vigore del Trattato sul commercio degli armamenti.

Brussels, 24/12/2014 Entrata in vigore del Trattato sul commercio degli armamenti. “L’entrata in vigore oggi del Trattato sul commer io degli armamenti, adottato nell’aprile del2013 dall’Assemblea generale dell’Onu, è una pietra miliare nell’agenda della sicurezza internazionale. L’Ue ha sostenuto attivamente i principi di una maggiore responsabilità e trasparenza nel commercio di armi fissati nel Trattato. Il Trattato deve essere ora applicato a livello universale per essere veramente efficace e deve esser attuato pienamente. A questo proposito, l’Ue ha adottato un nuovo programma per sostenere gli Stati che vogliano ricevere assistenza nel rafforzamento del controllo dei trasferimenti di armi, secondo il Trattato. L’UE continuerà a incoraggiare gli stani che ancora non ne fanno parte ad aderire al Trattato. Tutti gli Stati membri dell’UE hanno firmato il Trattato e le ratifiche saranno completate in breve...