EU Reaffirms Commitment to Basic Human Rights

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As Liberia through the Independent National Human Rights Commission (INHRC) celebrates Human Rights Day with other countries of the world, the European Union (EU) has given reassurances of its commitment to uphold all basic human rights.

In a statement issued by the European Union Delegation from the High Representative, Federica Mogherin, the EU says it is committed to upholding these rights at all times as indicated in the theme of this year’s celebration.

The statement quotes the EU as saying, “The theme for this year's International Human Rights Day – Human Rights 365 – reflects the aspiration that each one of us, everywhere, at all times, is entitled to the full range of human rights.”

It notes with emphasis, “The EU is committed to upholding these rights. Two years ago we adopted the Strategic Framework on Human Rights and Democracy, together with its Action Plan, and we appointed an EU Special Representative for Human Rights. Since then, with the support of EU Member States, we have been advocating human rights in over 40 human rights dialogues with developing countries and we have been engaging with regional and multilateral organizations, including the UN.”

The EU’s position on human rights also indicates that EUSR Stavros Lambrinidis has closely and proactively interacted with key partners and supported the role of civil society organizations throughout the world.

EU delegations accordingly, have been monitoring, reporting, and acting on human rights issues, sometimes under very difficult circumstances.

“We have achieved a lot but much remains to do. One such area of work is torture. The Convention against Torture was adopted by the UN 30 years ago today and yet torture is still widely practiced around the world. This demands our urgent attention,” the EU says.

“The renewal in 2015 of our Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy will be the opportunity to renew our commitment and to address new challenges to the universality and indivisibility of human rights, the statement adds.

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