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Human Rights Federation Slams European Union’s ‘Unbalanced’ Burma Visit

13 December 2013

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) has criticized the European Union (EU) for failing to engage with civil society during a recent high-level visit to Burma. In an open letter dated Dec. 4 to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who led a delegation for the EU-Myanmar Task Force on Nov. 13-15, FIDH President Karim Lahidji said the EU failed to “effectively and genuinely engage with civil society and to foster a comprehensive approach on human rights.” It said a civil society forum excluded human rights organizations, and criticized an “unbalanced” joint statement that “reflects the interests of the private sector” but did omitted human rights concerns.