A week long training course is opened on February 16, 2017 in Addis Ababa focusing on International Standards for the Protection of Individuals and Groups to field officers working on Human Rights. The training course is organised in partnership with Sant'Anna University of Italy and the University of Addis Ababa Law School and delivered through ENTRi: an initiative funded by the European Commission (90%) and co-funded by its 13 implementing partners.
While making an opening remark, Ranieri Sabatucci, Ambassador of the EU Delegation to the African Union, said 'EU greatly values the cooperation between the EU and the AU on human rights issues. We share the view that good governance, human rights and rule of law are a driving force for development and an essential part of realizing society's full potential. Europe fully supports AU's efforts in developing its human rights architecture – the African Commission, the African Court, and the Committee on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.'
Italian Ambassador Giuseppe Mistretta from the Italian Embassy in Addis Ababa and other dignitaries were present during the opening of the training course.
The EU Delegation also gives a lecture on the EU human rights work with the African Human Rights System.
The promotion of democratic governance and human rights is at the core of the EU-Africa Partnership as one of the five priority areas of the current Joint Africa-EU Strategy agreed at the last EU-Africa Summit in 2014.