EU, Southeast Asian nations discuss human rights

The European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations – Asean, reaffirmed their commitment to the protection of fundamental freedoms, on 27 November in Brussels.

The EU-Asean 3rd human rights dialogue was a part of the four-day visit to the EU by the Asean representatives. It took place after meetings on human rights with civil society representatives. It was hosted by EU’s special representative for human rights, Eamon Gilmore, and by the chair of the Asean intergovernmental commission on human rights, Amara Pongsapich.

During the dialogue, both sides exchanged views on recent developments in their regions. The meeting covered a wide range of human rights issues, including human rights institutions, freedom of expression, opinion and freedom of religion.

Gender equality, child labour, human trafficking, impact of climate change on human rights, as well as business and human rights were also discussed. Both sides agreed to strengthen their cooperation in tackling hate speech and disinformation.

Finally, the EU encouraged Asean to continue to play a role in the issues of Myanmar’s Rakhine state, where armed conflict has displaced more than 92.500 civilians.

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