Diplomacy: An EU human rights representative?
9 March 2012
“The EU wants to reinforce the fight for values”, announces Jyllands-Posten. Meeting in Copenhagen on March 9, EU foreign ministers are to discuss a Danish-German proposal for the appointment of a special human rights representative. The Aarhus based daily explains that the proposal has emerged at a time –
… when EU influence at the UN has been in decline for several years, and in particular in the UN Human Rights Council, where the West used to be unassailable: in the past, the EU could count on the support of 72% of UN countries, today it can only count on about half of them. Experience has shown that targeted lobbying to forge alliances, in particular with African countries, can restore the image [of the EU], and this approach could be adopted by a special human rights representative.
Even if the proposal is approved by the foreign ministers, the post will not be officially created until June, when the EU plans to present its new policy on human rights.