What is it?
COHOM is the Council's working group on the human rights aspects of EU external relations. It comprises:
- the Council's Directors for Human Rights
- national delegates
- European External Action Service (EEAS) representatives
- Commission representatives
What does it do?
COHOM's remit is to:
- develop EU human rights policy instruments (e.g. EU human rights guidelines, human rights dialogues / consultations with over 40 countries)
- define EU positions on human rights issues in EU external relations
- carry out preparatory work for high-level discussions on human rights issues (Political & Security Committee, Coreper, Council)
- incorporate human rights in all aspects of EU external relations ('mainstreaming') by engaging with other Council working groups
- oversee the worldwide implementation of EU human rights instruments
- set the EU's strategic priorities in multilateral human rights fora (UN General Assembly, UN Human Rights Council, etc)
- help ensure consistency in EU external and internal policy with regard to human rights