Brussels meeting – CSO and human rights

Promoting Universality – the Role of Regional Human Rights Mechanisms and their Cooperation with Civil Society

Event details

Date:6 December 2012
Venue:Brussels, Belgium

This year’s (14th) Annual EU-NGO Forum on Human Rights takes place on 6 and 7 December 2012 in Brussels. Co-organised by the European External Action Service, the European Commission, the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and the Human Rights and Democracy NGO Network it has a focus on Promoting Universality.

The two-day event will bring together around 200 representatives of non-governmental organizations, international organizations, academia, EU Member States and European institutions. For the first time a wide range of representatives from non-European institutions are invited to participate.

Discussions will be held in four workshops on:

  • Freedom of Religion or Belief;
  • Racism/Xenophobia;
  • Discrimination/Gender Equality; and
  • EU Delivery Mechanisms.

Main speakers in the plenary include:

  • Navi Pillay/UN High Commissioner for Human Rights;
  • Surin Pitsuwan/Secretary-General of ASEAN;
  • Commissioner Dupe Atoki/Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights.

The Forum’s conclusions will be assembled in a public report which will be presented to the relevant EU Council’s working groups and EU institutions.

The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation is a proud co-organising partner in this major event.