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The Foreign Affairs Council adopted today a Strategic Framework on Human Rights and Democracy with an Action Plan for putting it into practice. This is the first time that the European Union has had a unified Strategic Framework for this vital policy area, with such a wide-ranging plan of action for its implementation.


"Human rights are one of my top priorities and a silver thread that runs through everything that we do in external relations. With this comprehensive package we want to enhance the effectiveness and visibility of EU human rights policy. In order to help put the Framework and the Action Plan into practice, I have also proposed the appointment of an EU Special Representative on Human Rights and I look forward to a swift appointment," said Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, upon adoption of the package.

 

As the world's biggest aid donor, the EU actively supports human rights and democracy:

 

This has a budget of € 1.104 billion for 2007-2013. Its key objectives are to enhance respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in countries and regions where they are most at risk, and to strengthen the role of civil society in promoting human rights and democracy.

British Airways celebrates 80th anniversary in Israel – and refurbishes the Boeing 767s operated on the route

Investing over $40 million (£25m) to refurbish the cabin interiors of its B767 aircraft

British Airways began flying to Israel and the region in the 30’s Since 1932

British Airways is marking these days its 80th anniversary in Israel: the airline, then “Imperial Airways,” operated flights to the region already in 1932.

These early flights were operated by Scipio S17 flying boats, which landed on the Sea of Galilee.

 Nowadays, British Airways operates two daily flights on the Tel Aviv-London Heathrow route, using Boeing 777 and 767 aircraft.

A commemoration of the 49th anniversary of the establishment of the African Union (AU) took place last week at the residence of the
African Ambassador to Israel. The theme for this year's event was "Boosting Inter-African Trade and Investment."

Representatives from various cultural, political, linguistic and religious communities were greeted at the entrance by African dignitaries.

In his address, H.E. Mr. Joao Jose Manuel, Ambassador of the Republic of Angola, stated that the creation of the
Peace and Security Council in July 2002 has been very instrumental in keeping peace and security- the foundations of progress and sustainable development- among the African States.

 


The leaders, who head the various communities of hundreds of thousands of believers, met yesterday with the Minister of Tourism and leading figures from the Christian community in Israel.

The Ministry of Tourism is hosting this week a leading delegation of priests from Brazil. The delegation includes 18 priests, including Evangelical and Catholic leaders from around the state whom their communities comprises tens to hundreds of thousands of believers. This is the first time that a delegation of this magnitude is hosted in Israel.

The delegation touring includes Old Jaffa, Caessarea, Mount Tabor, Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, Dead Sea and Jerusalem. Last night, Wednesday 9/5, the delegation met with the Minister of Tourism.

Brazil, plays a very important part when speaking of their economical growth, development and their great potential in tourism. In 2011, 57 thousand tourists from Brazil came to Israel – an increase of 9% compared to 2010. Most Brazilian citizens are followers of the Christian religion, when 43% of tourists who from Brazil to the Holy Land, come for religious reasons and for pilgrimage.