Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, December 10, 2014)

Mr. Matthias Fekl’s participation in the third edition of the “International Meetings for Major Sports Events” (Paris, December 11, 2014)
International Human Rights Day (December 10, 2014)
United Nations – Human Rights – 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention against Torture (December 10, 2014)
Kosovo – Formation of a government (December 9, 2014)
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Mr. Matthias Fekl’s participation in the third edition of the “International Meetings for Major Sports Events” (Paris, December 11, 2014)

Mr. Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, will open the third edition of the “International Meetings for Major Sports Events” hosted by UBIFRANCE on December 11, 2014, in Paris, alongside Mr. Patrick Kanner, Minister for Urban Affairs, Youth and Sport, and in the presence of Mr. Jean Lévy, Ambassador for Sports.

These meetings will bring together almost two hundred people, including business representatives and decision-makers from countries that host major sporting events (Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Côte d'Ivoire and Kazakhstan). The purpose of the meetings is to enable French companies to take advantage of the opportunities associated with preparing for these events in the host countries and to encourage direct exchanges between decision-makers and interlocutors in the sports industry. They will also help French firms to prepare and adapt their development strategies to these markets through exchanges with experts from UBIFRANCE offices in 10 countries.


International Human Rights Day (December 10, 2014)

On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, France reaffirms its attachment to the respect and promotion of human rights everywhere.

The French Republic's Human Rights Prize was awarded yesterday to 5 associations working on the trafficking and exploitation of children and on the promotion of women’s access to positions of responsibility in political, economic, social and cultural spheres. The financial support associated with this prize will enable Bolivian, Egyptian, Laotian, and Madagascan NGOs to implement concrete projects. In addition, a “special mention” was conferred on 5 NGOs from Kenya, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam and Venezuela in association with prize.

Our entire diplomatic network is involved in marking this anniversary. Numerous embassies are mobilizing their efforts. In Thailand for example, our embassy awarded its Human Rights Prize to an NGO engaged in the defense of civil and political liberties, “Thai Lawyers for Human Rights.” In Colombia, the ambassadors of France and Germany awarded, with the support of the UN, the “Antonio Nariño Human Rights Prize” to the association “Corporacion Reiniciar” which defends victims of the conflict between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and encourages national reconciliation.


United Nations – Human Rights – 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention against Torture (December 10, 2014)

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the adoption by the UN General Assembly of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, France reaffirms that torture remains a reality for thousands of children, men and women, who are the victims of crackdowns by criminal regimes in Syria and elsewhere, and of heinous atrocities perpetrated by terrorist groups.

Political opponents, human rights activists, journalists, humanitarian workers, individuals who are stigmatized due to their sexual orientation, and persons held under ordinary criminal law, continue to be subject to these practices.

France remains mobilized and calls on the states that have not yet done so to join the Convention against Torture as well as its Optional Protocol.


Kosovo – Formation of a government (December 9, 2014)

France welcomes the formation of a new government in Kosovo, after 6 months of political deadlock following the elections in June.

France, which has supported Kosovo since its independence, looks forward to working with the new authorities.

 

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What is France’s response to the U.S. Senate report on the CIA’s practices?

We welcome the decision by the U.S. authorities to release this report.

France’s constant position with respect to the fight against terrorism is that the international community’s key objective must be compatible with respect for human rights and international humanitarian law.