The 11th European Union – African Union Human Rights Dialogue took place on 24 November in Kigali, Rwanda. The dialogue contributed to the work of the Africa-EU Partnership on Democratic Governance and Human Rights. The meeting was convened with the objective to strengthen the existing regular sharing of experience on issues related to human rights, democratic principles and the rule of law in Africa and Europe. AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, H.E. Dr. Aisha L. Abdullahi and the EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Mr. Stavros Lambrinidis lead the EU and African Union delegations.
The AU-EU Civil Society (CSO) on Democratic Governance and Human Rights also concluded its 5th round Seminar prior to the AU-EU Human Rights Dialogue.
This round of dialogue between the AU and the EU CSOs brought experts from both Africa and Europe and focused on Freedom of Expression as a basic human rights and explored means and ways to promote and protect this right on both continents. The African and European civil society seminar underlined that the independent civil society is a key guarantor of freedom of expression and recalled the States and continental organisations' responsibility in ensuring unhindered independent civil society participation and inclusion in transparent decision making.
The Joint Communique can be accessed here.