Joint Communique from the 6th African Union – European Union Human Rights Dialogue – 7 May 2010, Brussels

EU website. The 6th AU-EU Human Rights Dialogue took place in Brussels in a constructive atmosphere, allowing an exchange of views on a number of human rights issues of concern to both sides such as the death penalty, freedom of expression and association, right to development, fight against discrimination as well as rights of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees.

The two sides took note of positive developments, such as the harmonization of the rules of procedure between the African Court and Commission on Human and People’s Rights, the progress made with regard to the African Human Rights Strategy and the constructive Africa-EU cooperation during the 13th session of the Human Rights Council, the reinforcement of the EU human rights framework through the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, including the EU’s accession to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The progress achieved during the April 2010 Informal Joint Experts Group (IJEG) meeting of the Africa-EU Partnership on Democratic Governance and Human Rights was recognised, including on the establishment of the Africa-EU Platform for Dialogue on Democratic Governance and Human Rights and the support to the African Peer Review Mechanism.

The two sides agreed on the importance to further AU-EU cooperation in multilateral fora, particularly the UN, notably by sharing information and enhancing coordination on issues such as fight against racism and xenophobia, the Human Rights Council review, economic and social rights and right to development, as well as by continuing their exchanges prior to the Human Rights Council and UNGA Third Committee sessions. The two sides underlined the role of the IJEG in working on issues of joint interest outside the time pressure of UNGA/HRC agenda.

The two sides decided to organize the second round of the African-European Civil Society Seminar prior to the human rights dialogue in Addis Ababa in the fall of 2010 and continue efforts to associate non-governmental organisations to their work. The two sides agreed on the importance to enhance the exchanges of information between the mechanisms of the African and the European human rights systems.

The two sides agreed to intensify joint efforts towards full realisation of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security, in particular in the run-up to the 10th anniversary of Resolution 1325. They agreed to explore concrete possibilities for EU support to the AU efforts on Women, Peace and Security, including through the Africa Peace Facility, noting that the AU declared 2010 as the Year of Peace in Africa.

As a manifestation of their joint endeavours, the two sides agreed to issue a Joint Declaration on the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on 26 June 2010.


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