A senior UK Liberal Democrat MEP has welcomed today’s adoption of a strategic framework on human rights and democracy by the EU’s 27 Foreign Ministers as an overdue step towards enhancing the effectiveness and visibility of the EU’s human rights policy.
Edward McMillan-Scott MEP, a Vice President of the European Parliament responsible for the promotion of human rights and democracy, commented:
“The Arab Spring is only the latest of developments to highlight the importance of a coherent human rights and democracy promotion policy.
“As the world’s biggest aid donor, the EU has so many tools at its disposal actively to promote human rights and democracy. It is an overdue step in the right direction to increase their effectiveness and visibility through better coordination and a coherent implementation of our policies.”
Mr McMillan-Scott, who founded the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights with a budget of €1.104bn between 2007 and 2013, added:
“I particularly welcome the imminent appointment of an EU Special Representative on Human Rights who will have the opportunity to further put human rights in the public spotlight.”
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