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UN Human Rights Office: A Discussion with Birgit Van Hout

Human Rights
Date: Monday, 18 March 2019 19:00 - 20:30

Venue: Press Club Brussels Europe

EU countries experience a climate of uncertainty and increasing polarization, both politically and at the level of the general population. Inequality has risen, sparked protest movements, and contributed to the rise of extremism. In a context in which many feel left behind by globalization or fearful of migration, a backlash against human rights has become palpable.

From the heart of the EU capital, the UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe works to close human rights gaps in EU legislation, budgeting and policy-making. It also supports EU member States to advance respect for human rights through technical assistance, advocacy, monitoring and reporting on compliance with human rights law. Seizing the momentum created by the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, the Regional Office further advocates for a human rights-based approach in EU external action and EU development cooperation.

YPFP Brussels is delighted to invite you to our first United Nations Series event with UN Human Rights Representative for Europe, Birgit Van Hout. You will have the opportunity to engage in an interesting discussion about the role and challenges facing human rights in Europe today.

★ Speaker: Birgit Van Hout, UN Human Rights Regional Representative for Europe

Birgit Van Hout was appointed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights in June 2017. With Master’s degrees in International Politics and International Human Rights Law, Birgit Van Hout started out as Legal Adviser to the Commissioner-General for Refugees in Belgium before embarking on an international career that led her to Bosnia and Central Asia, where she supported democratization processes for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and its Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.

Birgit Van Hout joined the United Nations in Guatemala, where she served as Civil Affairs Officer in the UN peacekeeping operation MINUGUA, and later in East Timor, where she was part of the UN mission tasked with organizing the referendum which led to the independence of East Timor of Indonesia. For four years, she also led a non-governmental organization in the United States that fostered dialogue between different cultural, racial and religious communities.

Before taking up her function in Brussels, she served as Secretary to the inter-governmental negotiations in the General Assembly for the strengthening of the UN human rights treaty bodies. Previously, she coordinated field offices and country engagement strategies in East and Southern Africa.

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  • Monday, 18 March 2019 19:00 - 20:30

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