Established in 2006, the AU-EU Human Rights Dialogue is a platform to support the work of the Africa-EU Partnership in its efforts to promote and protect human rights on both continents. The overall objectives are to strengthen exchanges of experience on issues related to human rights, democratic principles and the rule of law, and to collaborate on the effective implementation of continental and international human rights instruments.
The AU-EU Human Rights Dialogue is a long-term framework for strategic discussion between Africa and EU representatives, and entails regular sharing of experience on issues related to human rights, democratic principles and the rule of law in Africa and in Europe. The goal is to overcome challenges and consolidate achievements, as well as enhance coordination on human rights issues in multilateral fora, such as the UN Human Rights Council. The dialogue follows the decision of the 6th EU-Africa Ministerial Troika Meeting in Vienna in 2006.
The 13th and latest edition of the African Union (AU) - European Union (EU) Human Rights Dialogue took place on 31 October 2017 in Banjul, The Gambia.
Previous editions and political declarations:
- The 12th AU-EU Human Rights Dialogue, Brussels, Belgium
- The 11th AU-EU Human Rights Dialogue, Kigali, Rwanda
- The 9th AU-EU Human Rights Dialogue, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Parallel meetings of the AU-EU Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) Seminar on Democratic Governance and Human Rights are organised, and bring together civil society experts from both Africa and Europe to discuss the most pressing issues facing both continents, while exploring ways to promote and protect human rights and develop recommendations.