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The European Union and Brazil held their seventh high-level Human Rights Dialogue on 25 June 2018 in Brasilia.
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 the Reform of the Human Rights Council, the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as Business and Human Rights.
The EU and Brazil also exchanged views on migration, gender issues, indigenous peoples' rights, LGBTI rights, Human Rights Defenders, people with disabilities and homeless people's rights. Both sides welcomed the ongoing and forthcoming EU financed projects on these issues and explored ways of further strengthening cooperation on issues of common strategic interest.
The Dialogue was co-chaired by Hugo Sobral, Deputy Managing Director for the Americas at the European External Action Service, on the EU side, and by Alexandre Peňa Ghisleni, Director of the Human Rights Department of Itamaraty, on the Brazilian side, as well as with the participation of Herbert Barros, National Secretary of Citizenship from the Brazilian Ministry of Human Rights.
The Dialogue was preceded by an EU-Brazil Civil Society Seminar on 20 June 2018, which 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 both sides' commitment to continue promoting and improving human rights, domestically and at international level, on the basis of their common views and shared values.