The European Union and the Republic of Belarus held a bilateral Human Rights Dialogue on 7 June 2016 in Minsk. The dialogue took place in Minsk after having resumed last year. The European Union delegation was led by Thomas Mayr-Harting, Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia of the European External Action Service. The Belarusian delegation was led by Alena Kupchyna, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Belarus. Representatives of European Union Member States observed the talks.