EU and Belarus discuss human rights issues at meeting in Brussels

Photo: European Union
Photo: European Union

On 18 June, the EU and Belarus held the 6th round of their bilateral Human Rights Dialogue in Brussels.

They discussed policy developments, the implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan in Belarus and the human rights situation in the country.

Particular attention was paid to the freedoms of expression, assembly and association. The participants also reviewed policies on gender equality and the fight against family violence and the state of their implementation both in the EU and Belarus.

In the context of the recent executions, the EU reiterated its unequivocal opposition to the use of the death penalty at all times and in all circumstances.

The EU noted as a positive development Belarus’ recent openness to cooperation in promoting human rights in international fora, including cooperation via UN mechanisms such as the Universal Periodic Review. At the same time, it was reiterated that further cooperation by Belarus with UN special procedures mandate holders is needed. 

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