What is EU-India Human Rights Dialogues?

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On July 15, 2022, the 10th EU-India Human Rights Dialogue was held in New Delhi. Both India and the EU reaffirmed on this occasion their dedication to safeguarding and advancing all human rights. 

What is EU-India Human Rights Dialogues?

The dialogues on human rights between the EU and India:

The indivisibility, universality, interconnectedness, and interdependence of human rights were emphasised by India and the EU.
Participants from India and the EU discussed various human rights issues and shared their strategies, endeavours, and accomplishments since the 2021 EU-India Human Rights Dialogues.
They discussed issues such as security and human rights, use of technology in democracy and human rights, children's rights, women's empowerment, migrant's rights, LGBTQI+ rights, civil and political rights, freedom of religion or belief, rights of minorities & vulnerable groups, freedom of expression & opinion, cooperation in public health, and humanitarian aid & disaster relief.
The importance of preserving the freedom, impartiality, and variety of civil society actors like journalists was acknowledged by both India and the EU.

The necessity for deeper collaboration based on international human rights rules and standards was acknowledged by both parties. During the conversation, the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights were also amended. They talked about current programmes that had been started in their respective nations. India, for example, provided an update on the 'National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights,' wherein both parties have committed to intensify their cooperation. 

They reaffirmed their support for multilateralism, notably the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, and the importance of fostering human rights cooperation at international forums, in particular the UN General Assembly and UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).