From left to right: Mr Stephanus BLOK, Dutch Minister for Foreign Affairs; Mr Didier REYNDERS, Belgian Federal Minister for Foreign, External Trade and European Affairs.
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On 28 May 2018, the Council adopted the EU's annual report on human rights and democracy in the world in 2017.
In 2017, human rights remained at the heart of the European Union's external action, and the EU reaffirmed its role as a leading global proponent of the promotion and protection of human rights.
The EU continued to oppose firmly any unjustified restrictions of the rights of freedom of association and peaceful assembly, as 2017 saw a continued backlash against civil society. The EU strongly supported an enabling environment for non-governmental organisations and human rights defenders through bilateral dialogues including human rights dialogues, financial support and in multilateral fora.
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