8th AU-EU Human Rights Dialogue

AU The 8th AU-EU Human Rights Dialogue took place on 10 June 2011 in Dakar, Senegal. At that occasion, the participants reaffirmed their joint commitment to the promotion of human rights on both continents and the importance of AU-EU collaboration on key issues such as the protection of human rights defenders, human rights in democratic transitions, right to development and implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.

The two sides took note of positive developments in both Africa and Europe, such as the adoption of the Human Rights Strategy for Africa, the commitment of AU Member States to accelerate the ratification of international and continental human rights instruments, the AU Assembly decision to establish the African Governance Platform, the binding nature of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights through the adoption of the Lisbon treaty as well as the progress made with regard to EU’s accession to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

The two parties noted the progress achieved with regard to the Africa-EU Partnership on Democratic Governance and Human Rights, particularly the holding, on 9 June 2011, of the successful first working group meeting on governance of natural resources including in conflict and post-conflict situations.

The two sides agreed on the fundamental importance to further AU-EU cooperation in the UN by enhancing their exchanges prior to the Human Rights Council and UNGA Third Committee sessions. The African side noted the EU support provided to the AU efforts concerning gender and human rights training of African peace keeping missions.

In preparation for the 3rd AU-EU civil society seminar, taking place in Brussels during the second half of 2011, the two sides took note of the progress made with regard to the implementation of the outcomes of previous seminars and reiterated their commitment to fully associate non-governmental organisations to their work.

As a manifestation of their joint commitment to the promotion of human rights, the two sides agreed to continue issuing joint declarations on issues of mutual interest.

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