27 March 2015, New York - At today's open debate, EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Stavros Lambrinidis, noted, "Tackling terrorism means eliminating the spaces where impunity prevails and countering those where extremism resonates. This is a security challenge, but we should not forget its political, social and cultural dimensions. We must redouble our efforts in reaching out to those who might be vulnerable to the discourse of violent extremism. If we want to stop the cycle of violence and human rights abuse we must also address their root causes and work further for the realization of all human rights."
25 March 2015, New York - "It is the responsibility of us all to ensure that all children are able to attend school and to grow up free from fear and violence, no matter where they live. In this regard we must not forget the responsibility for States themselves to protect their populations, including children, from atrocity crimes. We need to intensify our efforts to address abuses and violations committed by non-state armed groups against children with a series of measures."
23 March 2015, Brussels - On the occasion of World Water Day, the European Union recalls that safe drinking water and sanitation are crucial for a healthy and dignified life. And yet, over 750 million people worldwide are still without access to safe drinking water, thus deprived of a basic human right. It is a human tragedy and totally unacceptable that over 4,000 children under five die every day from diseases associated with the lack of access to clean drinking water as well as inadequate sanitation and hygiene.