The undersigned members of the Equal Rights Coalition (ERC) express profound dismay at the decision of Brunei to fully implement its revised Penal Code. As part of the full implementation which became effective on April 3, 2019, provisions have been introduced prescribing a range of penalties including amputation of limbs, whipping and stoning to death for specific acts identified as offences in the Code. The acts that are punishable by means of these penalties include robbery, rape, adultery and engaging in same-sex sexual conduct.
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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defense Didier Reynders is participating in the 40th session of the High Level Segment of the Human Rights Council today, which will meet in Geneva (Switzerland) until 22 March.
Today a seminar about best practices on responsible business conduct took place in Mexico City, in the framework of the economic mission led by Princess Astrid.
Today is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On this occasion, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders reiterates Belgium's commitment to defending and promoting human rights throughout the world.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders regrets the decision of the United States to withdraw from the Human Rights Council. The announcement of the United States risks weakening the Council’s indispensable action and undermines our multilateral system as a whole.
May 17 is the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). On this day, we commemorate the decision taken by the World Health Organisation in 1990 to withdraw homosexuality from the international classification of diseases.
Speech by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders at the 37th session of the Human Rights Council (Geneva, 28 February 2018).
Minister Reynders welcomes the Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances which is meeting upon his invitation today in Brussels. In the fight against impunity, this monitoring mechanism - composed of five independent human rights experts - is still very much needed.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo made a donation of 100.000 EUR to the fundraising operation “de Warmste Week”. This amount will be allocated to a project supporting victims of human trafficking in Tunisia (Avocats sans Frontières) and the improvement of youth rights in Burundi (KIYO). Minister De Croo handed over the cheque this morning to Music For Life. The operation is taking place this year in the Puyenbroeck domain in Wachtebeke, in East Flanders.
The International Human Rights Day will be celebrated this Sunday. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders underlines at this occasion that Belgium remains engaged for the universality of human rights.