EU Appoints New Special Envoy For Human Rights

Olof Skoog of Sweden has been appointed by the EU Council to serve as the EU’s special representative for human rights. Eamon Gilmore of Ireland will step down on February 29 after a five-year term.

« Mr. Skoog will begin working on March 1, 2024, and his tenure will last for the first two years, » reads the Council’s statement released in Brussels. The new EU Special Representative will carry on the work of his predecessors in advancing the EU’s position on supporting international criminal justice, promoting respect for international humanitarian law, and implementing EU human rights policy.

The appointment will support the enhancement of Europe’s voice in human rights discussions with governments of third countries, as well as with regional and international organizations and civil society organizations.


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