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Human rights

On 13 May 2019, the Council adopted the EU annual report on human rights and democracy in the world for 2018.

Le 13 mai 2019 le Conseil a adopté le rapport annuel 2018 de l’Union européenne sur la démocratie et les droits de l’homme. Un état des lieux des droits de l’homme dans le monde, y compris la Guinée dont l’extrait est publié ci-dessous en version anglaise en attendant la traduction.

At a time when human rights are challenged on a daily basis with many attempts to undermine the universality and indivisibility of human rights, the EU has remained at the forefront of the protection and promotion of human rights and democracy, be it in international forums, bilaterally with governments or through concrete support to the civil society.

40th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council
Geneva, 25 February – 22 March 2019
EU Statement - Item 8: Follow-up and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action

Nous célébrons aujourd’hui la Journée mondiale de lutte contre la traite des êtres humains. Derrière chaque victime, il y a des souffrances et des expériences terribles qui doivent être traitées de manière appropriée et qu'il faut tenter d’empêcher. On estime que 2,45 millions de personnes, dont 1,2 million d’enfants, sont victimes de la traite des êtres humains chaque année dans le monde. L’UE prend la lutte contre la traite des êtres humains très au sérieux.


Today marks the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. Behind each victim lie frightful suffering and experiences that must be appropriately addressed and prevented. Globally an estimated number of 2.45 million people, of which 1.2 million children, are trafficked every year. The EU takes the fight against trafficking in human beings very seriously.


The European Union and Afghanistan have launched, in the framework of the inaugural Joint EU-Afghanistan Committee, a new phase of cooperation and partnership aiming to bolster security, good governance, economic growth and human rights.

Female Genital Mutilation, or FGM, horrifically violates the human rights, dignity and physical integrity of girls and women. In a Joint Statement on the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, EU leaders condemn the ongoing practice of FGM in Europe and around the world, and outline the EU's ongoing actions and commitment to eradicate the practice.

Citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) are now able to report discrimination cases to BiH institutions in a simple, fast and secure manner thanks to the 'Report Discrimination' internet platform, developed through an EU project.

The EU works to defend and promote human rights around the world. Fighting genital mutilation and child marriage is an important aspect of this work, to ensure girls' rights and also to promote their equal opportunities and ability to contribute to the development of their communities and countries. The EU's work with local leaders and NGOs in Tanzania is an example of this work.


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