Statements made by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris - December 11, 2018)
Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian invited Dunja Mijatobic, the Council of Europe commissioner for human rights, to debate and testify to the continuing relevance of human rights issues at the Quai d’Orsay on December 10, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted in Paris in 1948.
To mark this occasion, the minister for Europe and foreign affairs announced a new international human rights strategy for France and presented its main principles. Prepared in consultation with civil society, this strategy is aimed at boosting the effectiveness of international actions. It highlights:
- our commitment to victims of ethnic and religious violence, particularly in the Middle East. In this regard, we will - as President Macron announced – welcome 100 Yezidi women and their children, who were victims of Daesh, and make a contribution to the fund to rebuild Sinjar, in Iraq.
- the security of journalists, particularly through the implementation of the International Declaration on Information and Democracy initiated by Reporters without Borders and supported by the President; it was signed at the Paris Peace Forum on November 11.
- the unconditional protection of individuals entitled to asylum and our ongoing commitment to the security of rights activists.
- stepping up the fight for the universality of civil and political rights.
- our commitment to defend and promote the rights of LGBTI individuals, with the aim of achieving the universal decriminalization of homosexuality.
- renewed support for international human rights law, the defense of multilateral institutions and the international criminal court, and the universal abolition of the death penalty.
Mr. Le Drian stated that France would focus on these priorities in 2019 during its yearlong G7 presidency, its UN Security Council presidency in March, and its presidency of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers in May. Their implementation will also involve a strengthened dialogue with civil society.