1. The 9th EU-India Human Rights Dialogue was held on 12 April 2021 in New Delhi in pursuance of the decision taken at the 15th India-European Union Summit in July 2020.
2. As the world's two largest democracies, India and the EU reiterated their commitment to human rights. In this context, they emphasised the universality, indivisibility, interdependence and interrelatedness of all human rights.
3. During the Dialogue, the participants exchanged views on strengthening human rights, including in social, economic and cultural spheres. They discussed civil and political rights, freedom of religion or belief, women empowerment, children's rights, rights of minorities and vulnerable groups. Both the EU and India expressed the need to foster greater engagement on human rights issues, based on internationally recognised human rights laws and standards. The two sides recognized the importance of strengthening the Human Rights mechanisms for the promotion of human rights and the role of national human rights institutions, civil society actors and journalists in this regard. The European Union reiterated its opposition to capital punishment in all cases and without exception.
4. They discussed enhancing EU-India cooperation in international fora, particularly at the UN General Assembly and the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). In this regard, the Indian delegation proposed to hold regular exchanges between their respective Permanent Missions to the UN based in Geneva and to explore cooperation at the UNHRC.
5. India and the EU reiterated their commitment to the shared principles and values of democracy, freedom, rule of law and respect for human rights. Both parties looked forward to the next edition of the Dialogue next year.
6. The Human Rights Dialogue was co-chaired by Joint Secretary for Europe West in the Ministry of External Affairs of India, Mr Sandeep Chakravorty and the Ambassador of the European Union to India, Mr Ugo Astuto.
12 April 2021