Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

Council acknowledges fundamental role of civil society in promoting rights-based approach to EU development

On 19 May, the Foreign Affairs Council on Development adopted a number of conclusions on implementation of a rights-based approach to development cooperation, encompassing all human rights. The Council acknowledged the fundamental role of civil society in promoting human rights notably through their contribution to the empowerment of rights-holders, awareness-raising and fostering accountability and transparency. It also stressed the need for continued EU support for human rights defenders, capacity-building of local civil society organisations and promoting a safe and enabling environment that maximises their contribution to development. Read full press release 

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