The 7th edition of the High Level Dialogue on Human Rights between Mexico and the EU was held on 10 and 11 October in Mexico City. The session was chaired by the Vice-Minister for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Miguel Ruiz Cabañas, who was accompanied by the Vice-Minister for Human Rights in the Ministry of Interior, Roberto Campa and the Assistant-Attorney General for Human Rights, Crime Prevention and Community Services, Sara Irene Herrerías Guerra. Many high-level Mexican authorities also took part. The EU delegation was led by the EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Stavros Lambrinidis (through video conference) and Hugo Sobral, Deputy Managing Director for the Americas at the European External Action Service, and included the participation of Ambassador Klaus Rudischhauser, Head of the EU Delegation to Mexico and other EU officials.
The meeting reaffirmed the close relationship between Mexico and the EU. The parties had a frank and constructive exchange in areas of common interest, and agreed on the importance of continued joint cooperation for the effective promotion and protection of human rights in Mexico and the EU, as well as at the multilateral and global levels. This year's meeting allowed for a follow-up on joint cooperation projects, approved during previous rounds of this Dialogue, as well as to continue working for the effective promotion and protection of human rights.
Mexico and the EU exchanged views on how to strengthen engagement and cooperation at the relevant UN bodies, including the Human Rights Council, in order to define positions that allow to efficiently address global challenges on human rights. In this context, the parties reaffirmed their shared values as a central element in the context of their Strategic Partnership at the bilateral, multilateral and global levels. Several issues on the multilateral agenda were discussed, including migration; negotiations on the Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration; death penalty; and protection of fundamental rights in the fight against terrorism.
Mexico and the EU also shared the importance of continued cooperation and mutual understanding for effectively addressing their human rights challenges on matters such as the rule of law; disappeared persons (including migrant children); torture; use of force; freedom of expression; business and human rights; the fight against impunity; and human rights of migrants, refugees and minorities.
For the 5th time, within the framework of this Dialogue, a Civil Society Seminar was held on 10 October with the participation of 27 organisations participating from Mexico and the EU. As in previous years, the event offered an opportunity for interactive dialogue and exchange of experiences and good practices related to human rights, both in Mexico and the EU. A series of concrete and substantive conclusions and recommendations were presented at the Dialogue for consideration and follow-up. Mexico and the EU recognised the valuable role of the Civil Society Organizations, in particular the work of human rights defenders and journalists and condemned any aggression that may limit their rights to life, integrity and freedoms.
The 7th edition of this Dialogue on human rights between Mexico and the EU illustrated the solid relations between the two parties and allowed to reaffirm their shared vision and values, as well as their engagement towards human rights.