Delegation of the European Union to the
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Madam President, 

The EU welcomes the 10th anniversary of the Mandate of the Special Rapporteur and the work of the current Mandate holder, Mr Clément Nyaletsossi Voule, as well as of his predecessors.

While we have seen encouraging progress in promoting and protecting freedom of peaceful assembly and of association since 2010, the current situation clearly shows that this Mandate is as relevant as ever.

The European Union would like to thank Ms. Callamard for her report to the Council.

The EU remains strongly committed to the protection and promotion of human rights, including the right to life. The EU would thus like to reaffirm its strong support for the important mandate of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. The mandate is, regrettably, as needed as ever.

Madam President,

The EU would like to thank the Independent Expert for the presentation and the report on “conversion therapy”.

In these times of crisis, we also take note of the recent Guidelines on COVID-19 response and recovery issued by the Independent Expert on 18 June as well as the open letter on COVID-19 to the LGBT community of 27 March 2020.

Madam President,

The EU thanks the OHCHR for its analytical study on the promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities in the context of climate change, to which a number of EU member states had contributed.

Madam President,

The European Union strongly supports the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Internally Displaced Persons and a rights-based approach to the protection of IDPs and their assistance, which is indispensable for achieving durable solutions.

Madam President,

The European Union would like to thank the Advisory Committee for the oral update on its preparation of the report[1].

The pandemic crisis has shown us both the great potential of new technologies to promote and protect human rights as well as their potential to put human rights at risk.