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Seventy years after the Universal Declaration on Human Rights was written, the European Union continues working to turn each and every word from that Declaration into practice. This is a collective effort of governments and the society as a whole.

This report covers the period from June 2017 to May 2018. It assesses the achievements and policy developments in Egypt, with a focus on priority areas in our cooperation.

According to the United Nations 1 out of every 30 people is a migrant. A bit less than half of the world's migrant population are women. Migration is a global phenomenon which requires common solutions – no country can manage it alone.

The Council adopted conclusions on women, peace and security (WPS). The Council recalls the commitments of the European Union and its member states to the full implementation of the WPS agenda, which consists of UN security council resolution 1325 and its follow-up resolutions, ensuring that it is fully integrated into all EU policies and efforts in promoting the important role of women's engagement in support of sustainable peace, security, human rights, justice and development.

The Council adopted conclusions on the situation in Myanmar/Burma. The Council expresses deep concern over the findings of the independent international fact-finding mission (FFM) of the UN Human Rights Council which conclude that gross human rights violations were committed in Kachin, Rakhine and Shan states, in particular by the Myanmar/Burma military (Tatmadaw).


The Council adopted conclusions on an EU strategy on India. The Council endorsed the joint communication “Elements for a European Union strategy on India” by the High Representative Federica Mogherini and the European Commission, which, together with the conclusions, will provide the policy framework for the EU’s deeper and broader engagement with India over the coming years.

The Council adopted conclusions on Libya. The Council welcomes the outcome of the Conference for Libya hosted by Italy in Palermo on 12 and 13 November 2018, which followed the Paris Conference held on 29 May 2018.

The Council extended the mandate of the EU capacity building mission in Somalia, EUCAP Somalia until 31 December 2020. The Council also agreed on a budget of €66.1 million for the period 1 January 2019 until 31 December 2020.

On 10 December 2018, the Council extended the restrictive measures currently in place against the Democratic Republic of the Congo until 12 December 2019. The sanctions comprise an asset freeze and a ban on entering the European Union and are targeted at 14 individuals. They were adopted on 12 December 2016 and 29 May 2017 in response to the obstruction of the electoral process, and the related human rights violations, in the DRC.