On the occasion of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, we pay tribute to the essential role of cultural diversity in Europe and around the world for fostering dialogue, respect, and contributing to sustainable development and growth. Europe is a continent of cultural diversity. Our societies, institutions and laws are the outcome of centuries of exchanges of ideas, values, traditions and memories.
Overview of the human rights and democracy situation: In 2018, the main human rights related issues in the US included the death penalty, the use of the detention facility in Guantanamo, the protection of the rights of migrants and refugees, freedom of the press, as well as women's rights and LGBTI rights. The US continued its disengagement from human rights multilateral fora.
On the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the European Union reiterates its unswerving commitment to promoting and protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons.
The European Union deeply regrets the full activation of the 1996 Helms-Burton (LIBERTAD) Act by the United States. The decision to activate Title III, and opening the way for action under Title IV, is a breach of the commitments undertaken in the EU-US agreements of 1997 and 1998, which had been respected by both sides without interruption since then. This will cause unnecessary friction and undermines trust and predictability in the transatlantic partnership.