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Official speeches and statements - December 1, 2016

Published on December 1, 2016

1. Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law - Joint statement by Mr. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and Mr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Foreign Minister of Germany (Paris - December 1, 2016)

The Chinese human rights lawyer Mr Li Heping has been in detention for 15 months for his work as a lawyer and his commitment to human and civil rights.

We call on the Chinese government to release Mr Li Heping immediately, in accordance with the rule of law, as set out in the Chinese constitution, and the principle that lawyers must be able to defend their clients without hindrance.

Today we awarded the Franco-German Human Rights Prize to Mr Li Heping’s wife, Ms Wang Qiaoling, for her tireless dedication to representing the families of lawyers and activists held in China.

The 15 winners of the Franco-German Human Rights Prize are:

  • Tahmima Rahman (Bangladesh), Oleg Gulak (Belarus), Maria da Penha (Brazil), Thun Saray (Cambodia), Maximilienne Ngo Mbe (Cameroon), Beverley K. Jacobs (Canada), Wang Qiaoling (China), Montserrat Solano Carboni (Costa Rica), Sunitha Krishnan (India), Mary Lawlor (Ireland), Pietro Bartolo (Italy), Eva Abu Halaweh (Jordan), Sarah Belal (Pakistan), Valentina Cherevatenko (Russia) and Jacqueline Moudeina (Chad);
  • «Special prize» to the White Helmets (Syria).

2. United Nations - North Korea - Adoption by the Security Council of a resolution strengthening the economic sanctions - Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development spokesman (Paris - November 30, 2016)

France welcomes the unanimous adoption by the UN Security Council on November 30 of resolution 2321, which strengthens the sanctions regime against North Korea.

The development of North Korean nuclear and ballistic programs represents a threat to regional and international peace and security.

We call on North Korea to immediately comply with its international obligations and to dismantle its nuclear and ballistic programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner. We are continuing our efforts with all of our partners in order to prevent the development of these programs.

It is up to North Korea to concretely demonstrate that it is ready to comply with its international obligations by abandoning its nuclear and ballistic programs.

3. Economic diplomacy - Joint communiqué on the follow-up of the outcomes of the International Conference to support the economy and the investment in Tunisia (Tunis - November 30, 2016)

Tunisia and the countries and organizations backing the international conference to support the economy and the investment in Tunisia - Qatar, France, Canada, the World Bank and the European Investment Bank - express their appreciation of the outcomes of the conference and the announcement of support for Tunisia to complete its democratic process and restart its economy. They affirm their determination to follow up the results of this conference and to put together a mechanism to invite participants to fulfill their commitments.

They also announce that this mechanism shall hold at least two ministerial meetings per year, including on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly. Those meeting shall be preceded by meetings at the technical level.

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