Human Rights Guidelines

1. Death penalty pdf - 137 KB [137 KB] (2013)

2. Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (2012)

3. EU Guidelines on the promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief (2013)

4. Guidelines to promote and protect the enjoyment of all Human Rights by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons (2013)

5. Human Rights dialogues with third countries (2009)

6. Children and armed conflict (2008)

7. Human Rights defenders (2008)

8. Promotion and Protection of the Rights of the Child (2008)

7. Violence against women and girls and combating all forms of discrimination against them (2008)

10. International Humanitarian Law

11. EU Human Rights Guidelines on Freedom of Expression Online and Offline  (12/05/2014)

EU guidelines are not legally binding, but because they have been adopted at ministerial level, they represent a strong political signal that they are priorities for the Union. Guidelines are pragmatic instruments of EU Human Rights policy and practical tools to help EU representations in the field better advance our Human Rights policy.

Global EU actors implement these guidelines through specific actions such as demarches and statements (see also Chapter 4 of the EU Annual Report on Human Rights).


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