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12/07/2012

Giving a face to EU action on Human Rights

Edward McMillan Scott MEP, Vice President of the European Parliament lead a round table discussion on the newly agreed EU Strategy on Human Rights, including the appointment of an EU Envoy on Human Rights, the first such special representative for the EU dedicated to a theme

On June 25 EU Foreign Ministers adopted a new strategic framework and action plan on human rights and democracy, an ambitious package covering more than 36 policy areas spanning from the fight against the death penalty to the promotion of children's rights around the world.

Central to the package will be the imminent appointment (following repeated calls by the European Parliament) of an EU Special Representative on Human Rights, the first such special representative for the EU dedicated to a theme.

Vice President McMillan Scott was joined by Michael Connarty MP, member of the European Scrutiny Committee of the House of Commons and by Nicholas Beger, Amnesty International's European Institutions Director to debate the implications of the new EU strategy and the role of the new envoy as well as the effectiveness of the UK in the field of human rights through its membership of the EU.