I saw a notice for a Department of Politics open lecture and thought it worth attending.  Members of the department were addressed the European Union’s Greek-born Charge d’Affaires in New Zealand, Michalis Rokas.  I found the lecture a little dull.  The one substantial point that it made was that Human rights and values are integral to all European Union treaties.  It is important to include agreements on Human Rights between like-minded partners, as equally between the European Union and New Zealand as between other countries.

The underlying principle of the European Union is the partner nations within the Union will not go to war with each other again.  All the partners remain in communication with each other.  The European Union remains a problem-solving operation working to enhance human rights and the rule of law.  It is not always visible in the media.  It has become heavily reliant on its bureaucratic workings.  However in unmeasured ways it is quietly making a difference, and its trading partners, such as China, notice this.

This PDF from the German Institute for Human Rights includes a model human rights clause in chapter seven of the pdf.

Somebody take this man fishing!

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