AITJ Weekly Digest is a flexible but effective report that focus on what is happening in the world in the areas of our interest and concern such as foreign affairs, human rights, enlargement, relations between Africa and Europe and so on. Every week, this press review intends to provide an overview of news, updates and all new developments concerning the defence of human rights, the fight against impunity and international relations in the broadest sense.
Young people have a major role to play in ridding the world of nuclear weapons
UN News, 10 august 2020
Nuclear weapons are still one of the most serious threats to mankind, and the dangers are growing. Young people can play an important role in ensuring that they are eliminated once and for all, says the UN’s top disarmament official, ahead of International Youth Day on 12 August.
Cambodia loses duty-free access to the EU market over human rights concerns
EEAS News, 12 august 2020
On 12 August, some of Cambodia's typical export products such as garments, footwear and travel goods are subject to the European Union's customs duties. The EU's decision to partially withdraw Cambodia's duty-free quota-free access to the EU market is now effective.
Belarus: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the presidential elections
European Council Press releases, 11 august 2020
On 9 August, Presidential elections took place in the Republic of Belarus. The EU has been following the developments leading to the presidential elections closely. During the electoral campaign, the people of Belarus have demonstrated the desire for democratic change. However, the elections were neither free nor fair.
Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Venezuela
ECO News, 12 august 2020
On 29 June 2020, the Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2020/898. The Council Decision adds eleven persons to the list of natural and legal persons, entities and bodies subject to restrictive measures in Annex I to Decision (CFSP) 2017/2074.The Candidate Countries the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro and Albania, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia align themselves with this Council Decision.
Tunisian Women's Day: "Gender equality, an essential condition for democracy"
Council of Europe, 13 august 2020
The Congress Spokesperson mentioned in particular the electoral law amended in 2017 and its obligations of horizontal and vertical parity which has led to 47% of women in municipal councils and 20% of women Presidents of Councils, including the Mayor of Tunis. "Today, Tunisia stands out as a leader in the field of gender equality, particularly in the Arab world," she said, while calling for continued efforts.