Monthly Archives: December 2016

The UK re-election to the UN Human Rights Council

Along with the United States, the UK has been champion for promoting  Human Rights in the World with the firm and uncompromising stance.

In October 2016,  the United Kingdom  was re-elected for the UN Human Rights Council for three years term starting January 2017 – December 2019.

“The UK works tirelessly to protect vulnerable people from discrimination and to champion global causes including ending modern slavery and violence against women and girls, and promoting the universal right to freedom of religion or belief.

We will continue to use our voice to help strengthen the Council, to support countries working to improve their human rights record and to hold to account nations that commit serious and systematic violations against their citizens as we did recently leading a strong resolution at a Special Session at the Human Rights Council to address the deplorable situation in Aleppo.” Highlighted the Human Rights Minister Baroness Anelay on the occasion. October 28, 2016 © UK Foreign Office 

Earlier this year the United Kingdom has doubled also its funding to support Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Human Rights and Democracy work around the world.

  1. Additional: The Launch of £10m Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy, by UK Foreign Office January 2016 
  2. The United Kingdom has been appointed Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights at the UN 
  3. UK World Affairs 

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Germany for United Nations Security Council 2019/2020

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are the  Concepts of Germany’s Foreign Policy which are promised, by German Government, to be extended firm and actively, to its Seat at the UN Security Council for 2019/2020.

“We want to stand up to face up to our responsibility and help work towards peace and justice,”  Germany’s candidacy for a seat on the UN Security Council for the 2019–2020 term is a “demonstration of our commitment to an organisation that is more important than ever. “We need the United Nations if mediation work for peace and security in this crisis-ridden world is even to remain a possibility.” Elaborated Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Steinmeier September 21, 2016 © Federal Foreing Office

U.S Military Capabilities Strengthen the European Armed-Forces and NATO

The United States is absolutely committed to the defense of NATO, and that means having full-spectrum capabilities not only within U.S. forces, but with NATO and partner nations as well.” highlighted the U.S Department of Defense in the news-article on December 13,2016.

While Military capabilities are known by the number of the troops and Military personnel –Power and Defense assurance are projected by advanced equipment, technology, the best training that could execute the required strategies, command and tactics in the theater fields.

The U.S Amy Europe and its 7th Army Training Command in Germany, has been the main center to build the NATO members’ Armed-Forces by regular training that to maximize the interoperability;              the multinational exercise,  joint maneuvers, the exchange of ideas and commands — aimed all to fortify the U.S-European Armed-Forces and bolster the NATO members’  Military to the higher capabilities of Physical  and  Cyber Defense. 

In early 2016 the United States has announced also the increase of the budget for NATO in the European Reassurance Initiative plan, as a further demonstrations of U.S commitment to safeguard European Freedom, Peace and Security. 


2015 © 7th Army Training Command

  1. Additional: Secretary Carter Announces Deterrence, Defense Buildup in EuropeOct 2016
  2. The U.S-European Armed-Forces Stronger together

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Austria assumes the Chairmanship of OSCE 2017

Austria assumed the OSCE Chairmanship of 2017  from Germany at the OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting in Hamburg on December 9th. 






OSCE Chairperson-in-Office German  Foreign Minister Dr. Steinmeier with Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz of Austria. Hamburg OSCE Ministerial meeting December 9, 2016 © Austrian MFA

If we want security, we need to contribute by building bridges between East and West. We look forward to the honour of assuming the Chairmanship and to good cooperation”  Elaborated Foreign Minister Kurz in his speech. 

Minister Kurz also met and had bilateral discussions with OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Minister Dr. Steinmeier, with High Representatives from United States, France, Russia and most Foreign Ministers of OSEC members. 

Message of U.S Mission to OSCE to Minister Kurz of Austria:

“Minister Kurz, the United States welcomes you to the Permanent Council, and offers its sincere thanks to Austria for taking on the Chairmanship of the OSCE in 2017.”  July 2016 © US Mission to OSCE  

Reference: The  first address to OSCE Permanent Council, incoming Chairperson-in-Office Austria’s Foreign Minister Kurz.  Vienna July 2016 

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Australia’s candidacy for the UN Human Rights Council 2018-2020

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Australia’s candidacy for the United Nations Human Rights Council 2018-2020

“Australia will bring a principled and pragmatic approach to our term on the Human Rights Council.”  Assured Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop.  

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International Human Rights Day 2016

President Obama’s Proclamation on Human Rights Day and Human Rights Week 2016 

“…….On Human Rights Day and during Human Rights Week, we reflect on how far we have come in upholding these universal rights and resolve to continue fighting to safeguard them wherever they are threatened.” December 9, 2016 © The White House Press Secretary. 

UK Foreign Office, Minister for Human Rights, Baroness Anelay

“All around the world people’s human rights are under threat, so the role of civil society and human rights defenders has never been more important.

A shrinking civil society harms a country’s stability, economic prospects and wider social development. Providing space for civil society to operate is therefore crucial to the spread and strengthening of democracy all around the world.

An active civil society is the hallmark of a mature society; one that is open to challenge and able to protect the rights of its citizens. Governments should not only allow but proactively nurture a healthy civil society. They should commend human rights defenders – not condemn them.

This is the message that we will continue to promote both at home and abroad as we stand up for Human Rights.” December 9, 2016 © UK Foreign Office

Message of U.S Department of State on Human Rights Day

“…..On this International Human Rights Day, we recommit ourselves to upholding universal respect for the fundamental freedoms of all humankind.   Today and every day, the United States will continue to urge all nations to observe the principles of liberty, democracy, free expression, and equal protection under the law without distinction based on race, creed, sexual orientation, political opinion, or faith. As we celebrate the progress we’ve made toward a more just world, we reaffirm our unwavering devotion to a universal value—preserving and protecting the equal and inalienable Human Rights of all people.” December 10, 2016 © DoS 


Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands, Lilianne Ploumen, 

Human Rights in Cyberspace is a whole new realm of opportunity and riskDecember 10, 2016© Dutch MFA

Austrian Federal Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz on the International Day of Human Rights

       ‘To fight Human Rights violations and to build bridges for Human Rights


Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, on Human Rights Day December 10


Switzerland National report and action plan on Business and Human Rights

“On 9 December 2016 the Federal Council adopted a report outlining a national action plan for the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Switzerland is one of the first countries to adopt such a strategy in order to promote coherence between business activities and human rights.”   Bern, Media release, December 9, 2016 © Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

Message of  Australian Department of  Foreign Affairs and Trade  on Human Rights Day from

“Australia’s commitment to Human Rights is enduring. We were a founding member of the United Nations and we have been an advocate for its purposes and principles ever since. Our commitment reflects our national values.  This year, Human Rights Day calls for everyone to stand up for someone’s rights today Stand Up For Human Rights. We must continue our commitment to ensuring that all people are entitled to respect, dignity and protection of their rights.” December 10, 2016 © Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia 

Note from Editor in Chief to German readers:  Human Rights has not much to do by  encouraging a large numbers of illegal immigrants  moving towards Europe but to Defend the Academic, Scientists and Political activists when they need protection regardless of their Nationality, Race and Faith.


  1. Additional References:  Minister for Human Rights, Baroness Anelay hosts an annual event at the FCO to celebrate UK action on universal Human Rights. 
  2. La diplomatie française soutient les défenseurs des droits de l’Homme 
  3. Acting on the initiative of Austria, the United Nations Human Rights Council calls for the immediate release of all arbitrarily detained journalists worldwide.
  4. Human Rights are an essential element of Finland’s foreign policy
  5. The Human Rights Tulip is an annual award by the Netherlands MFA for individuals or organisations that promote Human Fights worldwide in innovative ways.

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Denmark for the UN Human Rights Council 2019-2021

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are based on Denmark’s positions and key priorities on Human Rights.

Denmark has presented its candidature for a seat at the United Nations Human Rights Council for 2019-2021. As a member of the Human Rights Council, we will work for dignity and human rights through dialogue and development. We will work to make a difference for the Council – and for the people around the world whose human rights are threatened.  December 2016 © MFA of Denmark 

Additional: Denmark the Leading force in UN for Human Rights,2015

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Belgium’s Vital Candidacy for UN Security Council 2019/2020

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   “Fostering  Consensus,  Acting for Peace”


As an original founders of the United Nations, in 1945  Belgium signed the UN Charter along with 50 other countries.  And since then it has been actively engaged in contributing to Peace and Security in Europe and in the World.     

Belgium is at the forefront in the fight against impunity for the most serious crimes like genocide or war crimes. As part of its active Human Rights policy, Belgium takes the lead on issues such as the abolition of the death penalty, the fight against racial discrimination and the promotion of equal rights for LGBT’s.  2016 © MFA of Belgium 

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NATO Ministerial Meetings in Brussels ‘Stability Beyond Borders’

NATO Foreign Ministers meetings, December 6-7 in Brussels, were concluded with the strategic focus on strengthening Transatlantic cooperation and projecting Stability Beyond Borders.

Described by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini,  EU and NATO start new era of cooperation  in 7 areas with the agreement on 42 proposals.  

The areas of focus for more closer cooperation will be on the crucial strategic Defense and Security fields including: Operational Cooperation, Cyber Defense, Maritime Security, Defense Capabilities, Defense Industry/Research, Military Training and Exercise

On his statement Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg  highlighted:                                                                                   “One way of strengthening the bond between North America and Europe is by strengthening the cooperation between NATO and EU. And we have a momentum now when it comes to NATO-EU cooperation. In July, I signed a Joint Declaration with Presidents Tusk and Juncker and at the meeting today we will decide how we turn that declaration into concrete action.”  Dec 6, 2016 ©NATO

  1. Additional: Remarks by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the  press conference,  Dec 6 
  2. Remarks by the High Representative Federica Mogherini at the joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Dec 6 2016

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Finland’s Independence Day December 6 

President Sauli Niinistö of Finland’s reception on the Independence Day December 6, 2016                                                                                 ‘Finland’s Strengths in the Spotlight’

Message from U.S Department of State on the occasion of Finland’s Independence Day.

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I warmly congratulate Finland on the 99th anniversary of your independence on December 6.”  Department of State Dec 5, 2016 

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