Human rights, democracy, and the rule of law are core principles of the European Union. Respect for human rights is a prerequisite for countries seeking to join the Union and a requirement for countries concluding trade and other agreements with the EU.
The EU’s human rights policy focuses on civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights. It also seeks to promote the rights of women and children, persons with disabilities, minorities, and displaced persons. Particular areas of concern include human rights as they relate to asylum and migration, racism, xenophobia, and other discrimination against minorities.
The EU publicly condemns human rights violations wherever they occur, appealing to non-EU nations to end such violations. Since 1992, all trade and cooperation agreements with non-EU countries contain clauses making human rights an essential element of the relations between the parties.
The EU’s extensive human rights toolbox also includes human rights guidelines, demarches, and declarations; Council decisions; human rights dialogues with more than 30 non-EU nations; and the inclusion of human rights and gender components in Common Security and Defense Policy missions and operations.
Delegation’s Human Rights Focal Point:
Senior Political Advisor
Email Address: gisella[dot]gori[at]eeas.europa.eu
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