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Guidelines of the European Union
on Human Rights Defenders

The European Union Guidelines constitute the framework of intervention for the protection of Human Rights in third party countries.


In June 2004, the European Union (EU) has adopted Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders. These guidelines concretise the affirmed will of the European Union and its Member States to promote the principles of the United Nations Declaration concerning Human Rights Defenders in their relations with countries outside the EU. The Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders are available under:

The Dutch government in 2009, together with the Czech EU presidency, has published a manual for embassies on these guidelines:

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