The European Union promoting human rights and democracy in Africa

Authored by: Lorenzo Fioramonti

Handbook of Africa’s International Relations

Print publication date:  August  2013
Online publication date:  September  2013

Print ISBN: 9781857436334
eBook ISBN: 9780203803929
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Among the principles inspiring the European Union (EU) we find the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and the following UN Covenants on civil, political and economic rights (1966). Moreover, human rights and democracy (HR&D) are at the core of the European integration process (which was built over the ashes of war and genocide) and its long-term aspirations. Invariably, therefore, the foundational recognition of these two principles also reverberates in the EU’s foreign policy and external relations.

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