The X High Level Dialogue on Human Rights between Brazil and the European Union took place on December 1st, 2021, in Brasília.
The Brazilian delegation was headed by the Secretary for National Sovereignty and Citizenship of Itamaraty, Ambassador Paulino Franco de Carvalho Neto. The EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Mr. Eamon Gilmore, co-chaired the Dialogue from the European side.
The Dialogue presented a renewed opportunity for a wide-ranging exchange of views on bilateral and multilateral issues related to human rights.
Topics concerning freedom of expression, LGBTI persons, Indigenous peoples, migrants and refugees, women’s rights, human rights defenders, business and human rights, the protection of the right to health and other fundamental freedoms were addressed, in a frank and constructive way.
Brazil and the EU also discussed recent human rights developments at the multilateral level, in view of the upcoming debates at the United Nations Human Rights Council (in Geneva), of which Brazil is a member, and at the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly (in New York).
The Dialogue was preceded by the Brazil-EU Civil Society Seminar, on November 22nd and 23rd. During the seminar, human rights organizations from both sides had the opportunity to discuss present challenges and exchange best practices for the promotion of human rights in Brazil and in the European Union.
The tenth edition of the Dialogue further strengthened Brazil-EU relations, which are based on shared values and guided by a spirit of collaboration. The next meeting of the mechanism will be held in 2022, in Brussels.
In this context, and with a view to ensure a continued regular interaction and follow-up on these matters, both sides agreed to continue engaging between the regular Human Rights Dialogue sessions. To this effect, the EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Mr Eamon Gilmore, extended an invitation to the Ambassador Paulino Franco de Carvalho Neto to visit Brussels.