The EU and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) held their first Strategic Dialogue in Brussels.
This high-level dialogue was a timely opportunity for both sides to share updates on global human rights issues, discuss priorities, strengthen cooperation, and build a stronger partnership for more effective multilateralism and rules-based international cooperation. The dialogue will continue on an annual basis and will be followed up with working level exchanges on subjects of mutual interest.
The EU valued the role of the OHCHR as the principal international body for advancing human rights worldwide, providing technical assistance to States, and ensuring the monitoring and reporting of violations and abuses of human rights.
The discussion focused on global trends in human rights, such as protecting the universality and indivisibility of human rights, the erosion of the rule of law, shrinking civic space, and deepening inequalities. The Strategic Dialogue further covered geographic developments and ongoing country specific situations of concern.
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