The sixth high-level Human Rights Dialogue between the European Union and Brazil took place on April 27th, 2017 in Brussels.
The Dialogue was co-chaired on the EU side by the Special Representative of the European Union for Human Rights, Mr. Stavros Lambrinidis, and the Managing Director for the Americas at the European External Action Service, Ms Edita Hrdá. On Brazil's side the meeting was co-chaired by the Undersecretary General for Multilateral Political Affairs, Europe and North America, Ambassador Fernando Simas Magalhães and the Special Secretary for Policies for the Promotion of Racial Equality, Mr Juvenal Araújo.
The Dialogue allowed for an extensive exchange of views on bilateral and multilateral issues. During the discussion, Brazil and the EU addressed current human rights developments in Geneva and New York. Specific topics included women rights in the context of the Commission on the Status of Women and of the Human Rights Council, human rights defenders, racism and the international decade of people of African Descent and Durban process, business and human rights and the death penalty.
The EU and Brazil also exchanged views on indigenous peoples' rights, people deprived of liberty, migration and refugees, racial discrimination and religious intolerance. They agreed to jointly identify specific follow up actions aimed at strengthening education on human rights, supporting LGBTI rights, the protection of human rights defenders, victims and testimonies, as well as the prevention of torture. Both sides explored ways of further streamlining closer cooperation on issues of strategic interest.
The Dialogue was preceded by an EU-Brazil Civil Society Seminar on April 26th, 2017. It brought together European and Brazilian civil society representatives and addressed the current situation and best practices related to human rights in the European Union and Brazil. The civil society representatives presented and discussed their conclusions and recommendations with the representatives of the EU and Brazil during the Dialogue.
Overall, the discussions illustrated the like-mindedness of the EU and Brazil in the field of human rights and both partners reaffirmed their common views and shared values.