On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.
2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.
On 23 August 2017, Typhoon Hato swept through southern China, bringing high winds and heavy rainfall to Hong Kong, Macau, Guangdong, Guangxi, etc. Authorities in Macau reported that the typhoon killed 10 people and injured 244. In Guangdong, Guangxi, Fujian, Guizhou and Yunnan provinces, the typhoon caused 11 deaths. One person was reported missing and 741,000 people were affected in total. More than 6,600 houses collapsed, with an economic loss of over RMB 12 billion.
Hong Kong Red Cross Actions
(Macau Daily) Last Sunday, after monster typhoon Hato disastrously struck Macau, typhoon Pakhar followed its steps, and dumped terrible torrential rain in the region. Macau Red Cross (MRC) stays focus to the community’s needs, and continues on relief efforts, donating ‘domestic cleaning kits’ to residents in the seriously affected Rua da Praia do Manduco and Rua de Cinco de Outubro. Also, MRC collaborates with Hong Kong Red Cross to provide post-disaster counselling service to the needy residents, and conducts an assessment on post-disaster needs.
(Macau Daily) After the departure of the catastrophic typhoon Hato, Macau Red Cross (MRC) persists in caring of local residents, and to provide much needed supplies to the deprived group. MRC collaborates with several construction and engineering associations, to assess the damage condition of some residence; set up temporary first aid stations, and work closely with Hong Kong Red Cross for providing post-disaster counseling.
Assessing potential hazards in buildings
(Intercepted from Macau Daily) Vice President of the Macau Red Cross Central Council Chou Kuok Hei and Eliza Y L Cheung, representative of Hong Kong Red Cross, denoted that both regional Red Cross Societies have started their post-disaster psychological support, which includes hotline inquiries, home visits, and psychological counseling talks. When a psychological counseling is in session, volunteers from both places will be in attendance. The aim is to take good advantage of the Hong Kong professionals’ expertise, while pairing with Macau volunteers’ familiarity of local culture.
Macau ICBC donates MOP500,000 to support post-disaster relief
Macau Red Cross (MRC) launched various services to the local residents after the destructive monstrous typhoon Hato, and hoped to help the community returning to normal livelihood.
After the catastrophic typhoon Hato is over, Macau Red Cross (MRC) is extremely concerned for the Non-emergency Medical Transfer Service users and their homes. Depending on the level of damages, appropriate assistance will be provided to this underprivileged group, and help them a speedy restoration of their normal daily livelihood.
MACAO, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- About 1,000 troops from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Garrison in Macao were mobilized on Friday to support the relief efforts of the disaster caused by typhoon Hato in China's Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR).
The troops were called in at around 9:45 a.m. local time (01:45 GMT) to help with clearing piles of rubbish left by the typhoon.
GUANGZHOU, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- On Thursday, parts of south China were recovering from the country's strongest typhoon of the year, which has left at least 16 people dead and three missing.
Typhoon Hato blew past Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and weakened into Yunnan Province Thursday, nearly 20 hours after it made landfall with full force in Guangdong Province and wreaked havoc in Macao.
In Guangdong, traffic and power supply are resuming. Train and ferry services were starting to be restored late Wednesday and efforts continued on Thursday.
MACAO, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- Eight people were confirmed dead and 200 others injured after typhoon Hato struck China's Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) on Wednesday, Macao SAR Chief Executive Chui Sai On said on Thursday.
The Macao Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (MGB) hoisted highest signal No. 10 at 11:30 a.m. local time (0330 GMT) Wednesday.
According to MGB radar map, Hato came across as near as 40 km to the south of Macao with a maximum wind speed of over 140 km per hour, bringing severe damage to the SAR.
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By Tyrone Siu and Farah Master
MACAO/GUANGZHOU, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- At least nine people have been killed and one remains missing as the strongest typhoon of the year hit south China Wednesday.
Typhoon Hato made landfall in the city of Zhuhai in Guangdong Province at noon Wednesday, bringing winds of up to 160 kph to the mouth of the Pearl River and heavy rain to nearby regions, the local meteorological bureau said.
MACAO, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- Five people were confirmed dead after typhoon Hato struck Macao on Wednesday, a spokesperson of the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) government said Wednesday.
Speaking at a press conference, Chan Chi Ping said that 153 others were injured so far
The Macao Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (MGB) hoisted highest signal No. 10 at 11:30 a.m. local time (0330 GMT).
According to MGB radar map, Hato came across as near as 40 km to the south of Macao with a maximum wind speed of over 140 km per hour.
Hato is first category 10 storm to hit Hong Kong since typhoon Vicente in 2012
Destructive winds, waves batter Hong Kong, South China
Power blackout, flooding in Macau
Financial markets, schools, businesses closed
Hundreds of flights cancelled in HK and mainland China
Worst storm in five years
By James Pomfret and Anne Marie Roantree
The global terrorist threat continued to evolve rapidly in 2015, becoming increasingly decentralized and diffuse. Terrorist groups continued to exploit an absence of credible and effective state institutions, where avenues for free and peaceful expression of opinion were blocked, justice systems lacked credibility, and where security force abuses and government corruption went unchecked.
Two typhoons in the Philippine Sea and a tropical storm near the China coast near Hong Kong and Macau have the region on alert. From left to right: Tropical Storm Linfa is tracking westward parallel to the coast of China, losing steam as the storm interacts with land. Typhoon Chan-hom is over the Ryukyu Trench south of Okinawa on a track heading northwest toward the China coast north of Wenzhou. A sharp northward turn forecast after landfall could take the center of the storm very near Shanghai.
Source:China Meteorological News Press
Yang Xiaohua, member of National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) from Hong Kong hopes to see unified early warning signals of natural disasters among mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.
Yang has worked in Beijing in 1980s and traveled a lot between mainland, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. In face of extreme weather, he always felt troublesome because of different warning signals of same weather in these regions.