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Parliamentary questions
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7 December 2018
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-005028/2018

The detention of political activists, some for a very long time, is a major concern for the EU. Respect for human rights is a basic principle of the EU's foreign policy and therefore promoting it forms part of the relations with Eritrea. The EU regularly raises the issue of human rights at the highest level of the Government of Eritrea and in international fora.

To support Eritrea in improving the human rights situation, the EU has included support to governance and human rights in its cooperation programme, notably as regards the implementation of recommendations accepted by Eritrea under the United Nations-led Universal Periodic Review.

Eritrea has recently taken the historic decision to normalise relations with Ethiopia. This is a promising development for reforms in Eritrea. The EU stands ready to support this process.

Last updated: 7 December 2018Legal notice