EU-Israel, Human Rights Working Group Meeting (16/09/2011)

Officials from the EU and Israel met in Jerusalem yesterday to continue their regular dialogue on human rights in the context of the European Neighbourhood Policy.

The 6th meeting of the Human Rights Working Group between Israel and the European Union took place in Jerusalem on 13 September. The EU-Israel human rights dialogue was held in an open and constructive atmosphere, and allowed for a fruitful exchange of views on issues of mutual interest.

The Israeli delegation was headed by Eviatar Manor, Deputy Director-General for International Organizations at the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The EU Delegation was headed Illka Uusitalo, Head of the Middle East Division at the European External Action Service.
The meeting gave both sides the opportunity to advance their dialogue on human rights issues both in Israel and in Europe, such as: the treatment of minorities, especially recent developments concerning the situation of the Bedouin community;  conditions of detention; ratification and implementation of international instruments;  freedom of religion and belief; racism and xenophobia; rights of children, women and LGBT. The EU stressed the important role that civil society organizations play in the context of an open and vibrant democracy.
This sixth meeting of the Human Rights Working Group took place back-to-back with the meeting of the Working Group on International Organisations on 12 September.