News - Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs enMinistry for Europe and Foreign Affairs International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (17 May 2021) On this International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, France reiterates its strong commitment to the universal decriminalization of homosexuality and to defending the rights of LGBTI+ people who are all too often the victims of discrimination, harassment, violence, arbitrary arrest and even murder. This is a day to pay tribute to all those who are working for the rights of LGBTI+ people in difficult circumstances, sometimes risking their freedom or their lives to do so. (…) 2021-05-17 18:03:0859212_258836Presentation of the National Assembly Report on Children without Identity – Participation of Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne at the presentation by Deputies Laurence Dumont and Aina Kuric (3 Mar. 2021) Mr Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State for Tourism, French Nationals Abroad and Francophonie attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, represented the government at the presentation of the National Assembly report on “children without identity” on Wednesday, 3 March. This very well documented analysis by Deputies Laurence Dumont and Aina Kuric highlights a little-known situation which is both the consequence and the source of major inequalities. According to UNICEF, 166 (…) 2021-03-08 12:03:5159212_256530Legion of Honor - Q&A from the press briefing (15 Dec. 2020) Q : Generally speaking, can our missions abroad be called upon to award the Legion of Honor to journalists who have been threatened? R : When the Legion of Honor has been awarded to a leading figure, our heads of missions abroad can present insignia in accordance with the Code of the Legion of Honor, the Military Medal and the National Order of Merit. Journalists receive the Legion of Honor every (…) 2020-12-15 14:58:5959212_254556UN – Human Rights Day (10 Dec. 20) On this anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, France pays tribute to all those who fight for human rights on a daily basis, often risking their freedom and their lives to do so. Today, 15 especially brave activists will be awarded the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law. In January 2021, France will rejoin the UN Human Rights Council. In keeping with its commitments, France will champion three priorities: promoting the rights of (…) 2020-12-10 18:55:2159212_254450International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists (2 Nov. 2020) Championing the freedom of the press and the freedom of expression are among France's foreign policy priories. It was at France's initiative that the UN declared November 2 to be the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. France pays tribute to all those who risk their lives on a daily basis to convey the reliable information that is necessary to the exercise of democracy, and to those who died in the course of exercising their profession. Now more than ever, (…) 2020-11-02 16:21:4959212_253170World Day against Trafficking in Persons (30 Jul. 20) On the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, France underlines its strong commitment to combating this serious form of crime and human rights violation. Such trafficking, which is thought to generate up to $150 billion in annual revenue, also represents a global security issue, fuelling corruption, irregular migration and terrorism. As such, France has made combating trafficking a full-fledged public policy. After adopting a first national action plan in 2014, France is now committed (…) 2020-07-30 15:12:2159212_251191International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (17 May 2020) On the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, France welcomes the progress made since the WHO removed homosexuality from its International Classification of Diseases 30 years ago. Over the last five years, nine states have decriminalized homosexuality and 12 states or territories have legalized civil unions and/or same-sex marriages. This progress has been achieved thanks to the efforts of civil society, including in its international dimension, (…) 2020-05-18 16:55:3459212_249751 Joint statement on safety of journalists and access to information during the COVID-19 crisis (15 Apr. 2020) In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the undersigned chairs and members of the Groups of Friends on the Safety/Protection of Journalists are calling on all states to protect journalists' and media workers' safety, safeguard a free and independent media and ensure unhindered access to information, both online and offline. Free, independent and pluralistic media play an indispensable role in informing the public during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Everyone has the right to comprehensible, (…) 2020-04-15 14:49:1159212_249074United Nations – Visit by Jean-Yves Le Drian to Geneva (24 Feb. 20) Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will visit Geneva on February 24. The minister will take part in the opening of the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council. He will formally present France's candidacy for the Council for the period 2021-2023 and will set out our priorities with respect to the promotion of gender equality, the protection of human rights defenders, and the promotion of press freedom and the right to reliable information. #UnitedNations@JY_LeDrian (…) 2020-02-21 17:35:5659212_247331Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Mr Abiy Ahmed - Statement by Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs (11 Oct. 19) I commend the awarding of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize to the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Mr Abiy Ahmed. This prize is a testimony to the faultless commitment to freedom and pluralism in Ethiopia and to peace in the Horn of Africa. The momentum for peace that he launched started an unprecedented process of liberalization and democratization in Ethiopia as well as a historical reconciliation with Eritrea in summer 2018. His commitment alongside the mediation of the African Union also made it (…) 2019-10-14 16:34:2959212_244731