Human rights in the EU

To remain a strong and credible force for human rights worldwide, the EU must first and foremost stand up for human rights in its own member states.

We are witnessing astonishing attacks on the rule of law, including the independence of the judiciary, and on civil society in several EU countries.

The EU’s ability to uphold its founding principles, including respect for human rights, for the rule of law and for fundamental freedoms, is being tested.

We advocate for stronger action on human rights by the EU in relation to thematic issues, such as counter-terrorism and human rights and discrimination, and by strengthening the tools and mechanisms available for human rights protection and promotion inside the EU.

We work with Amnesty International country offices across Europe to collect relevant information from the ground, to advocate towards national governments for national and EU action on human rights and to involve our members and the wider public in our calls for action.

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