My February 2023 – March 2023 Newsletter

Burundi: I visited Burundi on 2 – 4 February, where I engaged with the President, the Minister of Justice, and the Minister for Human Rights, Social Affairs and Gender. In addition, I met with the ruling party (CNDD-FDD), the opposition (CNL), the National Independent Human Rights Commission (CNDIH), the Ombudsman, and the international community. I…

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My November 2022 Newsletter

Saudi Arabia I co-chaired the second edition of the EU –Saudi Arabia Human Rights Dialogue held in Riyadh on 6 November 2022 alongside recently appointed head of the Saudi Human Rights Commission Dr. Hala al-Tuwaijiri. I raised concerns regarding the recent increase in executions; long sentences for activity on social media, and travel bans imposed…

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Open letter to imprisoned journalists and media workers in Belarus

Belarusian journalists in prison

21 May 2022, Brussels Dear Belarusian journalists and media workers, (in Belarusian below) On this day, we remember Vitold Ashurak, and call for an enquiry into the circumstances and cause of his death in prison. On this day also, the European Union remembers your own imprisonment and suffering. We wish to assure you that we…

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