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The European Union and Human Rights

The European Union is based upon and defined by universal principles of liberty and democracy, respect for the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The European Union is based upon and defined by universal principles of liberty and democracy, respect for the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms. Adherence to these principles constitutes the foundation and basic prerequisite for peace, security and prosperity and the EU is fully committed to promote them in its common foreign and security policy.

Human rights are to be integrated in all aspects of the Union' s work in the area, such as crisis management, trade and bilateral relations.

Human Rights Guidelines

In order to further direct its work on human rights, the EU has adopted seven sets of guidelines on individual thematic issues:

- death penalty

- torture

- human rights dialogues

- children and armed conflict

- human rights defenders

- rights of the child

- violence against and discrimination of women

The implementation of the guidelines combines the monitoring of individual cases and events with specific strategies on work with regard to individual countries.

To learn more about the EU's human rights policy, please go to the following link:

http://www.consilium.europa.eu/showPage.aspx?id=1681&lang=EN