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  • Elections in Burundi

    25 Apr Press release

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders took note of the choice of Pierre Nkurunziza as candidate of the CNDD-FDD for the next presidential election in Burundi. Belgium has always insisted that the constitution should be respected. In case of problems of interpretation, the Arusha Agreement, as the cornerstone of peace and democracy in Burundi, should be the reference.

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  • Belgian contribution for UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine

    23 Apr Press release

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders decided to allocate a contribution of € 50.000 for the Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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  • Commemoration of the first large-scale use of chemical weapons, Ypres, 22 April 1915

    23 Apr Press release

    Belgium commemorates the 100th anniversary of the tragic first large-scale use of chemical weapons. This happened on 22 April 1915, during the First World War, near Ypres on the Western Front. Chemical weapons are weapons of mass destruction and inhumane weapons. They kill indiscriminately and without any warning. They cause horrific and lifelong injuries.

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  • Speech of Minister Reynders for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

    23 Apr Speech

    Speech of Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Strasbourg, 22 April)

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  • The Council of Europe, today

    20 Apr News item

    “Economic and social rights, (…) issues that are absolutely vital, especially with the economic crisis” says Belgian human rights specialist Olivier De Schutter. In a few words, he reminds of the Council of Europe’s role and insists on the importance of the European Court of Human Rights. He shares with us the challenges the Court faces: the fast enlargement of the Council of Europe, growing differences between Member States, the lack of visibility of economic and social rights and the importance to connect the European Union to the Council of Europe.

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