The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - November 21, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Human rights – Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law (November 21, 2018)

◢  Environment – Visit by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne to the Africities Summit (Marrakesh - November 22, 2018)

◢  Cambodia – International justice (November 16, 2018)

◢  Saudi Arabia

Human rights – Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law (November 21, 2018)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs and his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, announced the winners of the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law on November 21. On this occasion, the ministers stated that "As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights this year, France and Germany pay tribute to 15 figures who courageously defend human rights all over the world. Through them, our two countries honor all human rights advocates whose work is all too often ignored or obstructed, and express their appreciation and gratitude to all those who work every day to ensure that this declaration does not remain an empty slogan."

Since 2016, this prize has been awarded every year to figures who have made an exceptional contribution to the protection and promotion of human rights and the rule of law in their country and at the international level. This prize reaffirms the constant commitment of France and Germany to human rights and the rule of law and helps strengthen their cooperation in this area.

The 2018 winners of the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law are:

  • Vuyiseka Dubula-Majola (South Africa);
  • Chak Sopheap (Cambodia);
  • Yu Wensheng (China);
  • Aminata Traoré (Côte d'Ivoire);
  • Mohamed Lotfy (Egypt);
  • Alfredo Okenve (Equitorial Guinea);
  • Nityanand Jayaraman (India);
  • Hessen Sayah Corban (Lebanon);
  • Mekfoula Mint Brahim (Mauritania);
  • Liz Chicaje Churay (Peru);
  • Oyub Titiev (Russia);
  • Anwar al-Bunni (Syria);
  • Daoud Nassar (Palestinian Territories);
  • Sirikan Charoensiri (Thailand);
  • Susana Raffalli Arismendi (Venezuela).

Environment – Visit by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne to the Africities Summit (Marrakesh - November 22, 2018)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will visit Marrakesh on November 22 for the 8th edition of the Africities Summit. This event, which has the theme "The Transition to Sustainable Cities and Territories, The Role of Local and Sub-National Governments of Africa," will bring together stakeholders in local communities all over the African continent. Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne's visit forms part of the preparations for the next Africa-France Summit in 2020, announced by President Macron in Ouagadougou in November 2017, which will be devoted to the topic of sustainable cities.

In Marrakesh, the minister of state will speak at the opening plenary session of the Africities Climate Day. He will reaffirm the priority that France gives to the fight against climate disruption in the run-up to COP24 in Katowice from December 3 to 14 and the One Planet event in Nairobi in 2019.

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne will meet with several African decision makers and will discuss issues relating to the sustainability of African cities. He will notably chair a meeting between the mayor of Bamako and the first delegation of French firms to take part in the Africities Summit.

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne will also meet with Moroccan Minister of State Nezha El Ouafi in order to take stock of the very close cooperation between France and Morocco in the area of sustainable development.

Cambodia – International justice (November 16, 2018)

France welcomes the historic decision by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia on November 16, qualifying the actions perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge against the Vietnamese, the Cham Muslim community and other religious minorities as genocide.

France has supported the work of the Extraordinary Chambers since their creation in 2006 and will continue to support their work by contributing to the strengthening of international justice and the consolidation of peace and the rule of law in Cambodia.

France reaffirms its resolute commitment to the fight against impunity.

Saudi Arabia

When the minister stated that the matter has not yet been settled with respect to the Khashoggi affair, what are you expecting Saudi Arabia to do in concrete terms, given that the Saudi public prosecutor already announced that he is seeking the death penalty for five of the 11 suspects charged in the investigation?

As Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian indicated, we are calling for responsibilities to be clearly identified and for the perpetrators to be held accountable within the context of a genuine trial.

What is France's response to President Trump's position on the Khashoggi affair: Is the crown prince involved in the murder or not? Is President Trump not willing to sacrifice the alliance with Riyadh? Have the French intelligence services listened to the recordings provided by Mr. Erdogan?

We have taken note of the American statements. The minister has repeatedly reaffirmed our position and reiterated that we are consulting with our European partners on appropriate measures against the individuals responsible.

We do not express our opinion about issues relating to departments which do not report to this ministry.

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