EU needs Special Representative on International Justice, say Euro-MPs

EU needs Special Representative on International Justice, say Euro-MPs
Stéphanie Maupas, correspondent in The Hague
09.07.18
Stéphanie Maupas, correspondent in The Hague

A group of European Parliament members have asked top EU diplomat Federica Mogherini to appoint as a matter of urgency a special representative on international humanitarian law and international justice. In a letter sent on June 29 to Federica Mogherini, the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, 34 members...

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AFP 15.07 - A ceasefire announced by Hamas largely held Sunday after the most severe exchange...
Gaza truce mostly holds after heavy Israel strikes, Hamas rocket fire
AFP 15.07 - A ceasefire announced by Hamas largely held Sunday after the most severe exchange...
Gaza truce mostly holds after heavy Israel strikes, Hamas rocket fire
AFP 15.07 - A ceasefire announced by Hamas largely held Sunday after the most severe exchange...
Gaza ceasefire holds after heavy Israel strikes, Hamas rocket fire
AFP 15.07 - A ceasefire announced by Hamas held Sunday after the most severe exchange of fire...
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afp

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    As the director of a peace museum in Spain's Guernica, the Basque town infamously destroyed during the civil war, Iratxe Momoitio has often heard young visitors ask a surprising question. "What is ETA?" A disturbing lack of knowledge in a region torn apart by decades of killings and now facing the daunting task of moving on after the separatist group dissolved in May. But moving on doesn't mean forgetting.  "The fact that ETA is over, that there is no longer any violence doesn't mean there isn't a lot of educational, healing work to do, to release all we kept inside and that we didn't talk about for many years," she says. For years, the museum had an exhibition on the strife as it sought to address what was going on at a...

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