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Month: December 2016

International Human Rights Day 2016

President Obama’s Proclamation on Human Rights Day and Human Rights Week 2016  “…….On Human Rights Day and during Human Rights Week, we reflect on how far we have come in upholding these universal rights and resolve to continue fighting to safeguard them wherever they are threatened.” December 9, 2016 © The White House Press Secretary.  Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands, Lilianne Ploumen,  “Human Rights in Cyberspace is a whole new realm of opportunity and risk” December 10, 2016© Dutch MFA Statement by Human Rights Commissioner Bärbel Kofler… Read more International Human Rights Day 2016

Franco-German Prize for Human Rights 2016

On December 1,  Minister Dr. Steinmeier and  Minister Jean‑Marc Ayrault  presented this year’s  Franco-German Prize for Human Rights to 16 Human Right Defenders from several countries. Excerpts of the speech by Foreign Minister Dr. Steinmeier during the Award ceremony.    “For both France and Germany, one thing is clear: Protecting and Promoting Human Rights is at the heart of our foreign policy endeavours. We act worldwide to further this cause.” “You all have one thing in common: the Courage, Compassion and Determination with which you help others,”  December 5, 2016… Read more Franco-German Prize for Human Rights 2016

The U.S-European Law-Enforcement in Operation Avalanche

EUROPOL Press release December 1, 2016  On 30 November 2016, after more than four years of investigation, the Public Prosecutor’s Office Verden and the Lüneburg Police (Germany) in close cooperation with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the Department of Justice and the FBI,  Europol,  Eurojust and global partners, dismantled an international criminal infrastructure platform known as ‘Avalanche’.  The Avalanche network was used as a delivery platform to launch and manage mass global malware attacks and money mule recruiting campaigns. It has caused an estimated… Read more The U.S-European Law-Enforcement in Operation Avalanche

President Obama with the Executive Order blocked Aixtron purchase

President Obama with his Executive order prohibited the Chines purchase of Aixtron for National Security reasons.  Another audible sign that the U.S presence in Europe, is not a luxury but a Necessity for European Defense and Security Pillars, as the case in Aixtron showed that Germany has to rely on U.S. advice and steps. President Obama’s Order Regarding the Proposed Acquisition of a Controlling Interest in Aixtron SE by Grand Chip Investment GMBH , The White House Press Release Dec 2, 2016  Security Concerns Prompted Germany to Reopen Review of… Read more President Obama with the Executive Order blocked Aixtron purchase